Antigone Play - Three Act Structure

Antigone Play - Three Act Structure
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Antigone Lesson Plans

Antigone by Sophocles

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Antigone is the last play in a famous Greek trilogy, written by Sophocles. The Oedipus trilogy told the story of Oedipus, a tragic Greek hero, who defeated the sphinx and saved Thebes, but unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. While it was not written last, the Antigone play is the final chapter chronologically in a story filled with human suffering at the hands of fate.


Antigone

Storyboard Description

Protais Epitasis Catastrophe - Have students create plot diagrams for the Three Act Structure of Sophocles' Antigone

Storyboard Text

  • PROTASIS
  • Eteocles will be honored with burial, however, not Polyneices.
  • This is not right; it is against the will of the gods.
  • EPITASIS
  • I shall obey the gods' law, not man's law!
  • CATASTROPHE
  • Oh My Bride! My father will pay for this!
  • Antigone's brothers are dead, but her uncle has decided to leave Polynices unburied. She knows this is not right, and decides to ignore Creon's law in order to do what is right.
  • Antigone is able to give her brother funeral rights, but she is caught. She has challenged Creon’s authority, and he sentences her to death. Even his son, her fiancé, cannot convince him to change his mind.
  • Antigone is walled away in a cave. Teiresias comes to reason with Creon. Creon agrees to free Antigone. They arrive at the cave too late: Antigone has hung herself. Her fiancé kills himself, and the Queen does the same. Creon is left cursed, and in despair.
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