Antiqone - A Critical Study

Antigone is a powerful and gripping play which depicts the tragedy not only of the heroine but also of her antagonist, Creon. In the opinion of some, Creon is a more impressive figure than Antigone and dramatically more important. If we grant this, we shall have to look for an explanation for the title of the play in the fact that Antigone stands for higher and holier laws than those which Creon seeks to uphold. In any case the conflict in the play is highly dramatic. A clash occurs not only between Antigone and Creon, but also between Creon and Haemon, and then between Creon and Teiresias. The double tragedy of the play has an overwhelming effect upon us : if the premature death of the innocent heroine is profoundly moving, the disaster that overtakes the guilty King is almost heart-rending. And there is a third tragedy, too—that of Haemon.

  1. Greek Tragedy ... 1
  2. Sophocles - Life And Works ... 6
  3. The Plays of Sophocles ... 10
  4. Sophocles as a Dramatist ... 18
  5. The Myth of Antigone ... 21
  6. Characters in the Play, Antigone ... 25
  7. The Story of the Play, Anyone, in Brief ... 28
  8. Antigone-A Summary of the Plot ... 33
  9. Critical Comments on the Development of the Plot ... 50
  10. Antigone - Critical Approaches ... 60
  11. The Personality and Character of Creon ... 67
  12. The Personality and Character of Antigone ... 73
  13. The Character and Role of Haemon ... 78
  14. The Character and Role of Teiresias ... 82
  15. The Character and Role of Ismene ... 86
  16. The Character and Role of the Sentry ... 89
  17. The Chorus in Greek Tragedy with Special Reference to Antigone ... 92
  18. The Choral Odes-their Themes and their Dramatic Significance ... 95
  19. The Chorus as a Participant in the Dialogue and in the Action ... 104
  20. A Catharsis of Pity and Terror, and of Kindred Emotions ... 
  21. Important Questions with Answers