The Task

Hey guys, ideally this isn't how I wanted to do this, but today you're going to be taking some notes on the historical and cultural context for Sophocles' play Antigone - we're gonna start reading it very soon.  In class.

Here's how the notes should work.  Go through the slides that were originally slated to be part of a presentation I was going to do in class today (the Slides are embedded below).  As you go through them, take notes that if you were to refer to them, they could answer the questions/expectations on the 'Antigone notes framework' that appears below the Slides.

Know that down the line I'm inclined to let you use these notes on quizzes/tests, so it's really in your best interest to take this seriously.

Hopefully I'll see you all tomorrow...

The Notes Framework:

As you go through taking notes, please write down any questions you might have to ask me when I return.

1. What are the criteria for modern tragedy?  What are the criteria for classic Greek tragedy?  How are the two different?

2.   What is a protagonist?  An antagonist?  What is their relationship?

3.     What is a tragic hero? A tragic flaw (hamartia)?

4.     What is the function of the chorus in a Greek tragedy? Choragus?

5.     Explain the five part progression of a Greek tragedy:

  • Exposition -> Rising Action (and the inciting event) -> Climax -> Falling Action -> Denouement (catastrophe)

6.     What is dramatic irony?

7.     On a very basic level, be familiar with the plot of Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus.