Monday, December 7, 2015

Antigone, by Sophocles

Antigone, by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles, is one of the Three Theban Plays. The play takes place in Thebes and follows Antigone and her persistence to follow divine law. After the death of her two brothers in the war, Polynices and Eteocles, only Eteocle is granted a proper burial by the king of Thebes, Creon, while Polynices, by law, is denied a burial. Antigone, who cannot stand to allow her brother to not have a proper burial, defies the mortal laws in order to maintain tradition and follow divine law despite the consequences.

I usually don't like plays but I thought that this was a really good one. I like how although Creon is the villain of the play, he comes from an innocent place. He doesn't want to bend the rules because as the new king, he has to set an image and reputation for himself. What kind of a strong and authoritative ruler bends to every will and whim of an average citizen? I also really like how Antigone's bravery is portrayed and although her actions seem noble and courageous, you can't help but wonder if she is doing the right thing for the wrong reason, such as fame. I would recommend this play to those who like Shakespeare's plays because older Greek plays such as Antigone inspired those like Shakespeare's.

Reviewed, by Nayri T., Grade 12
Casa Verdugo Library