Antigone explores numerous themes pertaining to morality, religion, politics, and loyalty. The central conflict in the play is a dispute over the burying of Antigone’s brother, who was killed rebelling against the state. As king of Thebes, Antigone’s uncle Creon shows no sympathy for his niece and the events that soon unfold deepen the tragedy. Classroom discussions should engage students in ethical ideas about government, religion, and the rights of citizens. This is an excellent text for any student interested in justice and society.

Pinpoint Key Facts and Literary Elements

Key Facts

  • Recommended Grade Band: 9 – 10
  • Length: 80 pages

Literary Elements

  • Symbolism
  • Foreshadowing
  • Irony

Understand Themes and Motifs

  • Responsibility — Antigone faces the conflict between her responsibility to the state and her responsibility to her brother.
  • Individual vs. society — This tragedy deals with civil unrest and one character's conflict with her society.
  • Fate — As in many Greek tragedies, the players feel highly influenced by the will of the gods and fate.

Explore Related Works

Themes of fate

Themes of individual vs. society

Themes of responsibility

Employ Films and Other External Resources

Consider What Your Students Will Love

  • Discussing the ideas of justice and ethics as presented in the text

Anticipate What Your Students May Struggle With

  • Unfamiliar/archaic language and complex sentence structure

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Antigone Paperback Student Edition
Antigone Teaching Unit Reproducible Downloadable 30-Book Set
Antigone AP Teaching Unit Reproducible Downloadable 30-Book Set
Antigone Activity Pack Reproducible Downloadable 30-Book Set
Antigone Response Journal Reproducible Downloadable 30-Book Set
Antigone Multiple Critical Perspectives Reproducible Downloadable 30-Book Set
Antigone Complete Teacher's Kit Reproducible 30-Book Set

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