Antigone by Sophocles: The Exodos PRACTICE Flashcard Example #54407

Which event results in Antigone’s reversal of fortune?

Antigone’s broken engagement

Antigone’s death

Antigone’s arrest

Antigone’s banishment

Antigone’s death
Explain how Creon’s tragic downfall reveals the ancient Greek belief that nothing happens by chance.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

The ancient Greek people believed that tragedy was a result of a person’s weakness and fate. Creon’s tragedy is a direct result of his tragic flaw of pride and the punishment for his mistakes by the gods.

Explain the tragic irony that occurs in the exodos.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

Ironically, Creon loses two people that he loves, Eurydice and Haemon, as a result of disrespecting the gods by not burying Polyneices and sentencing Antigone to death.

Explain how the conflict between conscience and law is resolved, how theme is revealed through resolution, and what you can learn about the ancient Greek culture through a theme from the play Antigone.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

The conflict between conscience and law is resolved when Creon is punished for acting according to the law and not the conscience of his wise advisors. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: Divine authority resides in the conscience and is to be regarded as superior to human law. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on the power of the gods and an individual’s conscience.

Explain how the conflict between divine and human authority is resolved, how theme is revealed through resolution, and what you can learn about the ancient Greek culture through a theme from the play Antigone.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

The conflict between divine authority and human authority is resolved through the fulfillment of the prophecy with the deaths of Haemon and Eurydice. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: The ultimate authority rests in divine law, so devine entities demand obedience and respect. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on their relationship with the gods.

Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.

Messenger:
For Creon, in my view, was once a man
we all looked up to.

Which characteristic of tragedy do the messenger’s words reveal?

a tragic character’s reversal of fortune

causal relationships that make up the tragic structure

the spectacle associated with Aristotle’s tragic definition

the triumph of a tragic character

a tragic character’s reversal of fortune
Which element of Greek tragedy is associated with tragic irony?

anagnorisis

catastrophe

hubris

peripeteia

peripeteia
Which event resolves the conflict between Antigone and Creon?

Antigone’s escape

Antigone’s death

Creon’s change of heart

Creon’s loss of fortune

Antigone’s death
Which character experiences anagnorisis?

Creon

Antigone

Haemon

Chorus Leader

Creon
Explain how the conflict between familial loyalty and civil obedience is resolved, how theme is revealed through resolution, and what you can learn about the ancient Greek culture through a theme from the play Antigone.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

The conflict between familial loyalty and civil obedience is resolved when each of the characters ultimately chooses family over obedience to Creon. Haemon chooses Antigone when he tries to stab his father and then take his own life. Eurydice chooses her son over Creon when she takes her own life. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: Loyalty to family is more important that civil obedience. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on familial relationships.

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