Lesson: Antigone Today
Author: Sarah N
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 10 - 10
Today we will finish reading Antigone. Once we have completed the text, you may begin working on this assignment. This will allow you to think about the tragic ending and the person responsible for the action of the play. We will see how these themes are still relevant in our lives today. I know it is sometimes difficult to see that a Greek Tragedy written an incredibly long time ago could still have importance to our lives, but I think you will find that the connections are absolutely there. As you navigate your way through the lesson, think about the way these characters perspectives are similar or different than your own. Would you have broken a law to do what you thought was right? Would you have stuck with a law even if it was hurting your family?
Consider the perspective of characters in Antigone. Relate their decisions to modern situations. Examine the way that Antigone's character has had a lasting impact on popular culture. Understand how Antigone feels when she is forced to choose between breaking the law and doing what she thinks is right for her family. Understand how Creon feels when he has to choose between keeping his decree as king or punishing his family. Engage in discussions with readers outside of our classroom.
Once you have finished the play, you may begin this lesson. Throughout the lesson, focus on character perspective. Think about the way these characters felt and why they made the decisions they made. Also think about the way their conflicts and relationships are similar to current issues of law and/or family relationships.
Directions: Are you interested in learning more about the reasons Antigone felt the need to bury Polynices? Click here to find out more about Ancient Greek burial customs.
Directions: Visit this site to read a review and see some pictures of a 21st century college production of Antigone.