Polyneices rebels against Thebes
Creon forbids the burial of Polyneices
Antigone is arrested
Haemon argues with his father
And the hot-tempered child of Dryas,
king of the Edonians, was put in prison,
closed up in the rocks by Dionysus,
for his angry mocking of the god.
What does this passage reveal about the beliefs of the ancient Greeks?
Gods showed mercy to angry mortals.
Mocking one’s father was unacceptable.
Disrespecting the gods was punishable.
Angry kings were pardoned by gods.
“Look at me, my native citizens,”
“But Niobe was a goddess, born divine—”
“When I look at her I forget my place.”
“To be piously devout shows reverence,”
the desires of the audience
the triumph of the tragic hero
the downfall of the protagonist
the humor of the playwright
“the reference to a person, place, or thing”
the desis (rising action)
the lusis (falling action)
“the arrangement of the incidents”
to honor the god Dionysus
to evoke pity and fear in the audience
to reveal a reversal of fortune from bad to good
to persuade the audience to rebel against the government
attitude of the speaker
order of plot events
feelings of the audience
definition of tragedy
Neither Antigone nor Niobe were of royal blood.
Both Antigone and Niobe mourn the loss of family.
Neither Antigone nor Niobe had children.
Both Antigone and Niobe were punished by a god.
songs of the chorus
dialogue between characters
thoughts of the characters