Antigone by Sophocles: Scene 1, Ode 1

The antagonist poses a(n) __________ to the protagonist. threat
Which theme does the Chorus Leader reveal through the suggestion that the gods buried Polyneices? divine authority
Based on your understanding of Creon’s character, make a prediction about the action he will take if Antigone is arrested for burying her brother. Because he’s a proud and harsh king, Creon will most likely punish Antigone for breaking the law that forbade her from burying her brother. However, because Creon values his family’s royal blood line, I predict that she will not be put to death. Instead, she will be imprisoned.
Guard:My lord, I can’t say I’ve come out of breathby running here, making my feet move fast.Many times I stopped to think things over—and then I’d turn around, retrace my steps.My mind was saying many things to me,”You fool, why go to where you know for sureyour punishment awaits?”—”And now, poor man,why are you hesitating yet again? . . .”Explain what the guard’s lines reveal about his attitude toward Creon and Creon’s character. The guard is well aware of the decree that Creon proclaimed and the punishment for breaking the law. His lines reveal his utter fear of the king. The guard’s fear of Creon reveals Creon’s character to be harsh and merciless.
CHORUS:The qualities of his inventive skillsbring arts beyond his dreams and lead him on,sometimes to evil and sometimes to good.Explain what the passage reveals about the values of the ancient Greek people. The ancient Greek people valued the ability of the human mind to achieve great feats. Those who used their “inventive skills” for good would find happiness and success. The ancient Greek culture recognized that these same “skills” could also be used for “evil,” and that was not acceptable.
Sophocles uses dramatic irony in the play to affect the audience in all of the following ways except __________. The ancient Greek people valued the ability of the human mind to achieve great feats. Those who used their “inventive skills” for good would find happiness and success. The ancient Greek culture recognized that these same “skills” could also be used for “evil,” and that was not acceptable.
Which situation reveals dramatic irony in the play? Creon’s assumption that money is a motive
The audience is sympathetic to which type of character? protagonist
CREON:[Y]ou’ll learn that it’s not good to be in lovewith every kind of monetary gain.You’ll know more men are ruined than are savedwhen they earn profits from dishonest schemes.Explain the dramatic irony revealed in Creon’s lines. Creon makes the assumption that the person responsible for Polyneices’ burial is a man; however, the audience is led to believe that Antigone, a woman, is the responsible party. In addition, Creon assumes that the person who dared to defy his decree is motivated by “monetary gain.” The audience, however, recognizes that Antigone’s motive is not money but loyalty to her family and the gods.
CHORUS:If he treats his country’s laws with due respectand honors justice by swearing on the gods,he wins high honors in his city.Explain what this passage reveals about the values of the ancient Greek people. The ancient Greek people valued the “country’s laws” and expected citizens to show “respect” to such laws. However, the people valued divine authority above human authority and expected their leaders to honor the gods through their laws. They believed that those who respected the gods and ruled according to divine authority would obtain “high honors” by the people.

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