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MonkeyNotes-Antigone by Jean Anouilh
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QUESTIONS

1. Examine the validity of the statement that in Antigone the
audience witnesses the eternal struggle of "moral duty against
human law, of practical compromise and unbending idealism".

2. Explain why Jean Anouilh's play is a tragedy.

3. Describe the character of Antigone.

4. Explain the function and role of the Chorus in the play.

5. Compare Jean Anouilh's modern Antigone to the ancient Greek

Antigone of Sophocles.

6. Analyze the character of Creon, King of Thebes, in the play.

7. What is the larger moral issue at stake in the Creon/Antigone
dispute? Who do you think is right and why?

8. Discuss the various Themes in Jean Anouilh's Antigone.

9. In the context of the 20th century, Antigone's rebellion is an
exercise of individual liberty against despotism. Discuss Jean
Anouilh's play, Antigone, in the light of the preceding remark.

10. How do Ismene and Antigone each react to Creon's edict?

11. Explain the character of the guards and why they are important
to the play.


12. Why does the Messenger have a difficult job?

13. What is known about the personality/thinking of Eurydice?

How does this affect the knowledge of her suicide?

14. Explain the gulf between illusion and reality in the play.

15. Does Anouilh prepare the reader for Haemon's suicide?

Explain your response with details.

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