CL106/EN106 Week 10:


1. Sophocles, Antigone:


a. In what way(s) is Antigone a sympathetic figure? In what way(s) is she antipathetic?

b. In what way(s) is Creon a sympathetic figure? In what way(s) is he antipathetic?

c. Beyond the simple narrative, what, if anything, is this play about?

d. What is Sophocles' attitude toward the events he portrays on stage? How can you tell?

e. Whose tragedy is it anyway? Who is the tragic figure in the play? Why? 



2. Euripides, Medea:


Note: Jason had sailed on the Argo with a band of Greeks to Colchis in search of the legendary Golden Fleece, the skin of a ram with wool of gold. Medea, the Colchian king's daughter and something of a witch, fell in love with Jason at first sight and showed him how to overcome the serpents that guarded the fleece, after which she helped Jason and his fellow Greeks escape and return to Iolkos, Jason's home in Greece. In Iolkos she tricked the king's daughters into killing their father, in punishment for which she and Jason were exiled and settled in Corinth, where our play begins.


a. What is Medea like? (Not, what does she do? or what issues does she face?, but what is she like as a person?)

b. Similarly, what is Jason like?

c. What difference does it make that Medea is a non-Greek?

d. What difference does it make that Medea is a woman?

e. There seems to be a lot about children in this play? What's going on?

f. What, if anything, is "tragic" about this play?