Antigone by Sophocles, Scene 4

In lines 15-20, whose fate does Antigone compare to her own? What literary term can you apply to this example? Antigone compared her fate to Nobie, Tantalus’ daughter. This is an allusion. Nobie was a queen of Thebes whose children were killed by the God’s because she had claimed she was greater than a goddess. She turned to stone, but would still shed tears.
What does Antigone look forward to in death? What curse does she place on Creon? She looks forward to spending more time in the underworld then on the real world with everybody living. Antigone’s curse on Creon is that his punishment will equal her own.
In line 25, Antigone rebukes the Chorus for laughing at her and denying her “all pity.” Is she right about the Chorus? Explain your reasoning. Antigone says that she is laughing at the Chorus. The Chorus was saying that she is not equal to Niobe because she was not a mortal, and that she was “born oh heaven.”
In line 41, what does Antigone mean when she says that her father’s “marriage strikes from the grave to murder” her own? In lines 45-48, how does the Chorus argue against her? Antigone’s father murdered his own father and married his mother. Their marriage sprouts from murder. The Chorus says that “Your death is the doing of your conscious hand.” She did this to herself no matter what she says.
Do you agree with the Chorus’s opinion that Antigone is responsible for her own death? Why or why not? I do believe that she is responsible for her own death. She did something illegal, owned up to it, and basically asked to be killed. Before, she was proud of what she did, but now she is acting like she is scared and takes it back and doesn’t want to be killed.
What are your feelings about Antigone in this scene? Does she seem to have changed in any way since Scene 2? If so, do you find her more sympathetic as a character or less? Explain your response. Yes, she seems like she is scared to die now and that she regrets it. I feel like she doesn’t want to die and is becoming desperate. I feel like she did this to herself and that she knew this would happen and should own up to it.
In Ode 4, the Chorus alludes to three Greek myths. What fate does Antigone share with Danae, Lycurgos, and Cleopatra? Would you say that the purpose of this ode is to glorify Antigone’s fate or to condemn her pride? Explain. Both Lycurgus and Danae were both shut up in darkness like Antigone. The ode, to me, was about her fate, not her pride. The three she is compared to all suffered something horrible, like Antigone.

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