Antigone by Sophocles: The Prologue Flashcard Example #72809

What is the goal of the protagonist?
to bury Polyneices
Which character does NOT believe women are equal to men?
Ismene
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.

ANTIGONE:
Eteocles, they say, has had his burial
according to our customary rites,
to win him honor with the dead below.

Why does Creon decide to bury Eteocles according to custom?

Eteocles was loyal to Thebes.
What is the penalty for defying Creon’s decree?
death
What is the biggest obstacle that the protagonist must face?
Creon’s decree
Read the stage directions below and answer the question that follows.

Exit ANTIGONE away from the palace. ISMENE watches her go and then returns slowly into the palace.

What do the stage directions reveal about the difference between the two characters?

Unlike her sister, Antigone is not loyal to the government.
What motivates Antigone to defy Creon’s decree by burying her brother?
divine authority
The prologue covers which stage of the plot structure?
exposition
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.

Now, dear Ismene, my own blood sister,
do you have any sense of all the troubles
Zeus keeps bringing on the two of us,
as long as we’re alive?

Which character speaks these lines?

Antigone
Which two characters value the authority of the state?
Eteocles and Ismene

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