In this case, King Creon is wrong, because he will eventually pay dearly for his mistake of defying the gods. Profanation represented a duty of the humans to the higher forces and not even a king could afford to forget that.
The Burial at Thebes is a play meant to bring the work of a classic Greek play writer into the twenty-first century. Freud found the sources of one of his psychoanalytic theories in edipus Rex, paying his tribute to his predecessor who lived two and a half centuries away. The audiences in…… [Read More]. Biblical Themed Short Stories. She is a disciplinarian who adopts strict rules for her classroom.
Her teaching style is a common-sense method with her former students and citizens of Liberty Hill regarding her as the embodiment of wisdom and gentility. Like Miss Dove, Leiningen believes in hard work, refusing to leave his estate despite a swarm of soldier ants nearing his property.
Early in the story it is shown he is wise as well. For example, Miss Dove is strict, reprimanding David Burnham for swearing. He encourages them to stay with him to fight…… [Read More]. Clash of the Titans the. Rose Rose cites the repeated imagery of flying in the film, finding that this matches what critic Philip Slater says about the Freudian and phallic images in the Perseus myth.
Rose refers to this film, and several others of a similar nature, as modern versions of the myths, to a degree cut down from the original in order to something more visceral and more direct. In a film like this, the student has "an opportunity for assessing the concrete differences between the ideological norms of male-female relations in their own society and those explored in ancient Greek myth" Rose He refers tom the designs of special efercts artist Raym Harryhausen when he notes, "Critics have dismissed this sort of animation as 'kitsch,' but I note…… [Read More].
Hero One of the Most Pervasive Archetypes. Hero One of the most pervasive archetypes in literature is the hero. The Greeks presented a complex and very human type of hero, often referred to as the tragic hero. Their flaws make tragic heroes more human, and are effective protagonists even when their plans fail. The hero who is semi-divine or divine is a less compelling story, given that few if any human beings can relate to a figure who is flawless, immortal, and possessing of unlimited strength.
Graphic novels present complex characters including some that fit the definition of tragic hero. Modern literature teems with examples of heroes who are just like us: Yet embedded in the definition of hero is the imperative that the individual must be able to put aside egotism,…… [Read More].
Various Short Story Assignments. Clytemnestra and Iphigenia One of. This temper surely gave Clytemnestra the ability to withstand her "wretched life" by serving as a type of emotional outlet for her anger and disappointment related to being imprisoned in her own household as the doting wife of Agamemnon who certainly experienced sexual encounters with other women as leader of the Greek armies at Troy. Another example has Clytemnestra admitting "Thus harassed by these ever-rife reports i.
Duty A Father His Son. Instead, they carried out their missions without question, and effectively won the war with their attention to detail and sense of duty. The book makes the reader question their own sense of duty, and if they would have the resolve to fight in a war like this if it happened again. It is a powerful book, partly because it is emotional, and partly because the reader realizes that these people are real, their duty was real, and that our freedom really rests on their shoulders.
Ultimately, this is a book about dying. It follows the last days of Greene's father, but it also looks at the bigger picture of America's World War II vets and how many we are losing every day. It also looks at the lives of the Japanese lost in the atomic bomb explosions, and talks about how many more lives could have been lost if the…… [Read More].
Oedipus Rex Oedipus Is the. His physical loss of sight is penance for the lack of insight he had at the start of the play. He has exchanged physical sight for mental insight into the truth.
Rhetorically, Oedipus uses the diction of a king at the beginning of a play. He plays the role of one in power, and of a person in full control of and with confidence in himself. When his people approaches him with a problem, he therefore reacts with confidence that he can solve it. He is fearless and strong in his position, as shown in lines He is so confident that he can take care of any problem that he promises to do so even before hearing what the trouble is.
Indeed, he believes that the only thing that can possibly keep him from helping the supplicants with their problem would be the hardness of his heart. Oedipus the King by and. From this day on, don't speak to me or to your people here. You are the plague. You poison your own land" Sophocles, , p. Each of these men has positive qualities, but their tragic flaw outweighs these qualities, and leads to pity and their downfall in the end. In addition, their tragic ends have tragic consequences on those around them, which is another element these two works have in common.
It is interesting to see the similarities in the plotting of these dramas as well. Essentially, they follow the tragic character from a turning point in their lives to the culmination of their problems and how they choose to face them.
Their families and loved ones are left behind to sort out their lives without them, while they take the "easy" way…… [Read More]. Women in Greek and Hebrew. Deborah is believed to have played a key role in public arena. Even in the male dominant society of Israel, Deborah's orders were followed and people looked up to her for advice. In the position of a prophetess, she could give orders which were readily followed: Deborah is an important figure in ancient Hebrew culture and it is through her that we can see how this culture allowed women to have some freedom in their restricted sphere.
The daughter of Jephthah was another prominent figure. She was also a judge who ruled Israel as she was a woman of strong faith. After her father promised Lord that if he won, he would offer "whatever comes…… [Read More]. Oedipus Rex the Delphic Oracle. When the play opens, a plague has overcome Thebes, and so Oedipus has sent Creon to consult the oracle of Apollo to seek a solution. Creon reports that the oracle has declared that Laius's murderer must be found and banished from Thebes, only then will the plague be lifted.
Oedipus sends for the blind prophet, Teiresias, to tell him who killed Laius. Teiresias names Oedipus as the killer and says that his marriage to Iocasta is sinful, and reminds him of his parents' curse. Iocasta and Oedipus exchange stories of their pasts.
Then a messenger arrives announcing the death of Polybus, King of Cornith. Oedipus is relieved believing that he has escaped the prophecy. However, the messenger tells him that it was he who took Oedipus to Cornith. The servant confirms this, and thus the truth is revealed and the prophecy has been fulfilled after all. Oedipus is an honorable…… [Read More]. Prejudice and social psychology Gender-based stereotypes and influence of society Cultural impact of host cultures The contribution of Stanley Milgram has been significant in the field of social psychology.
Milgram conducted experiments of human behavior in a laboratory setting and concluded that obedience to authority usually disregards moral or legal normative standards. An individual's behavior is thus shaped by the environment, people around, and his figure of authority. The current paper investigates as to what extent the human behavior is influenced by others.
The paper adopts an investigative approach and cites peer reviewed articles to substantiate the discussion. Social identity theory is also an important theoretical explanation that explains how and why an individual voluntarily gets influenced from socially constructed relationships. Introduction Stanley…… [Read More]. A tragedy is any event which causes great suffering and stress, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster. In the context of Greek literature, tragedy was the most popular form of theatre, with storytellers relying on the rhetorical technique of tragic irony to create emotionally resonant tales of lost love and territorial conquest.
The overall study of the human condition, reality, metaphysics, and other pursuits of higher intelligence. The scientific study of the human mind, including cognitive function, perception, attention, emotion and behavior. The fundamental application of reasoning to the pursuit of problem solving, a function which only the human mind is known to hold the capacity to perform. The branch of philosophy which postulates certain standards which should be used to guide proper human conduct.
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. The latter is one of the classic texts of 19th century literature, written by a Englishwoman brought up in a strict religious tradition who later exchanged her faith for that of secular humanism and Darwinism.
Middlemarch is a sprawling, weighty novel, filled with overlapping plots that only and then, really, only tangentially come together at the end. The former is an autobiography written by Mary Seacole, a freeborn Jamaican Creole, who claimed that she used the energy and vitality received from her Scottish father and the healing skills taught to her by her Jamaican "doctress" mother to become a practicing war nurse. Seacole However, the two texts powerfully demonstrate that the lives of Victorian women were far more autonomous in practice than traditional Victorian…… [Read More].
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Each of them appeals to its own audience because they are dealing with the human conscious and subconscious as it influenced people's actions since the first human being walked on earth.
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Does Sophocles seem to advocate this position, despite the death of Antigone? The Function of the Chorus in Antigone. For most plays, the role of the Chorus involves a small number of people, usually between , who make commentary on the unfolding events and serve as foreshadowers to the action to come. They are usually apart from the action, yet also apart from the audience; they function best as an uninvolved narrator.
However, in Antigone, the chorus breaks most literary conventions. Instead of being portrayed as a group of people, the chorus is merely one person, who aligns himself with the audience. Why is this important? What feelings towards the play are created when the audience takes on the role of the chorus? The rivalry between Ismene and Antigone is strong, because both girls are similar in age with very contrasting personalities.
Antigone is decisive, moody, brave and impulsive, while Ismene is beautiful, timid and beautiful. However, despite this fierce rivalry between the two sisters, when Creon is threatening Ismene with death and imprisonment if she does not stop her attempts to bury her brother, Ismene is quick to jump to her defense, stating that if Creon locks Antigone up, Ismene will simply take over and die alongside her for their treason. Is their rivalry perhaps less fierce than expected because of their bond of sisterhood?
The Individual Versus the State in Antigone. The role of the individual in Antigone is very important. Obviously, Antigone herself is a strong individual character, who is not willing to allow her brother to be dishonored, no matter what the cost is to her own body.
Creon is also a strong character, and while he knows the law and is convinced that he must follow it, he has sympathetic feelings for Antigone and tries to get her out of trouble. In which ways are Creon and Antigone both destroyed by the power of the law? How do they try to get around the laws that have been set down by Creon, and in which ways do they fail at that attempt?
What is the meaning behind their failures? To the spectacle as a whole? You may want to consider such devices as address, stage positions, lighting, entrances and exits, and so on. Halfway through the play, the Chorus declares that tragedy has "nothing to do with melodrama. Consider the influence of and departure from melodrama in Antigone. What is the significance of saying "no" in this play?
Who says "no" and to what? Consider how saying "no" figures as both an act and as an object of discussion.
The essay topics in this lesson will help your students examine 'Antigone' more deeply, maximizing their critical understanding of the play and developing their own insights as literary critics.
Antigone Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Antigone is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
This stillness within perhaps recalls the "hollow space" imagined by Antigone earlier. This inner silence turns the outer world into "no more than a picture," a film without a sound track. This dissociation of sound from the image of the world is a dissociation of the spectator from that world as well. Aug 23, · What is the function of the Chorus in Anouilh's play? How, for example, does it relate to the players? To the spectacle as a whole? You may want to consider such devices as address, stage positions, lighting, entrances and exits, and so on.
Using the essay topics below in conjunction with the list of important quotes from Antigone at the bottom of the page, you should have no trouble connecting with the text and writing an excellent essay. Antigone Essay Topics & Writing Assignments Jean Anouilh This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.