Antigone Tragic Hero Example

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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.


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Antigone Tragic Hero | Have students identify the characteristics of a tragic hero as they pertain to Antigone in this student activity!

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  • Today we bury Eteocles. May he rest with the Gods.
  • Sister, our uncle is the King. You must do as he says.
  • Ismene, don't you think this is unfair!?
  • A plague will fall upon this land, hear this and be forewarned!
  • Antigone believes she knows the will of the gods, and acts in direct contradiction of Creon’s decree. She wants to be a martyr.
  • Antigone is to be set free at once!
  • Antigone sets herself above the laws of her king, unapologetically defying Creon.
  • Tiresias convinces Creon to free Antigone.
  • The audience knows what Antigone does not: Creon is on his way to pardon her.
  • Antigone hangs herself before Creon can arrive.
  • I am too late.
  • The audience is sad that Antigone, Haemon, & the Queen all died for Antigone's righteous pride. They recognize the same temptations to defy authority in their own lives.
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