Antigone Essay Assessment – Unit Test Grade: Essay Due February 6th @ 11:59 pm. Task
1. Apply knowledge of the Greek Theater and the drama Antigone to compose a clear, concise, detailed, focused, and interesting essay of 500 + words.
2. Express explicitly a thesis concerning Antigone based on one of the topics below;
3. Support thesis with solid, relevant, and sufficient evidence;
4. Reference Antigone through quotation and paraphrase;
5. Present an argumentative essay with no personal opinions offered.
.Specific Skill Objectives
1. Develop a complex, interesting thesis
2. Follow specified formal MLA essay format: Times New Roman/12/ double spacing/ one
inch margins/ MLA citation (see supplemental information)
3. Adopt a vocabulary and tone appropriate for academic writing
4. Control grammar and other technical matters
5. Provide well-developed, sufficient evidence for claims
6. Integrate paraphrase, summary, and quotation
7. Organize ideas effectively
Topics
Construct a clear thesis for your essay by considering one or more of these topics:
1. Family Loyalty: Sophocles poses the question, “Which is more important, family or
authority?” Consider Antigone and Ismene. Analyze their arguments as presented in the play. Reflect on their relationship, the conflict at hand and the respective positions of each character. Cite specific quotes to support claims and acknowledge the counter argument.
2. Man vs Woman: Creon says to his son Haimon that it would be bad enough to yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman (meaning Antigone). Analyze the conflict between men and women. Resistance to Creon’s tyrannical powers defined Antigone as one of the world’s great symbolic female figures. How did being female help her achieve this status? Does being a female give Antigone the moral high ground? Cite specific quotes to support answers and acknowledge the counterargument.
3. Wisdom vs Anarchy: Creon claims that the rule of the king must be obeyed, even if it’s wrong, in order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Creon’s position that the good of the city must come before “higher laws”, as man must live in a city, does this argument hold any validity? Analyze Creon’s conflict with Haimon in Scene Three and dissect the argument of each character. Apply knowledge of logical fallacies and elements of sound reasoning in response. Cite specific quotes in your answer and acknowledge the counter argument.
4. Tragic Flaw: What is Creon’s tragic flaw? How does the flaw affect his state? His ability as a leader? His downfall? What does a play that centers on this particular fatal flaw have to say about the qualities that are needed or not needed in a ruler? Discuss the pitfalls of leadership as presented in the play (family, greed, bribery, backstabbing, and paranoia). Cite specific quotes in your answer and acknowledge the counter argument.
5. Right vs Right: The German philosopher Hegel stated that the play Antigone represents the tragic collision of right against right, with both sides equally justified. How does one decide when two seemingly good concepts clash, and one must choose which is right?
Cite specific quotes in your answer and acknowledge the counter argument.

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