Anastasia Sheichuk rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Antigoona Barrault, later a major French director, was a pupil there at the same time and recalls Anouilh as an intense, rather dandified figure who hardly noticed a boy some two years younger than himself. In the s, Anouilh turned from contemporary tales to more mythical, classic, and historic subjects. He served in the military during at least two periods, having been drafted into the French Army in and It has since been published many times. Jean Anouilh Produced under Nazi censorshipthe play is purposefully ambiguous with regard to the rejection of authority represented by Antigone and the acceptance of it represented by Creon. Antonia Alvarado rated it liked it Jul 04, With a new life and a new family, Gaston has a fresh start. There was an English-language television production in starring Dorothy Tutin.

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See also: Oedipus Genealogy of Antigone The story of Antigone was addressed by the fifth-century BC Greek playwright Sophocles in his Theban plays: Oedipus Rex[ edit ] Antigone and her sister Ismene are seen at the end of Oedipus Rex as Oedipus laments the "shame" and "sorrow" he is leaving his daughters to.

He then begs Creon to watch over them, but in his grief reaches to take them with him as he is led away. Creon prevents him from taking the girls out of the city with him. Neither of them is named in the play. Antigone resembles her father in her stubbornness and doomed existence.

However, Theseus defends Oedipus and rescues both Antigone and her sister who was also taken prisoner. At the end of the play both Antigone and her sister mourn the death of their father. Theseus offers them the comfort of knowing that Oedipus has received a proper burial, but by his wishes they cannot go to the site.

Antigone then decides to return to Thebes. Polynices left the kingdom, gathered an army and attacked the city of Thebes in a conflict called the Seven Against Thebes. Both brothers were killed in the battle. King Creon , who has ascended to the throne of Thebes after the death of the brothers, decrees that Polynices is not to be buried or even mourned, on pain of death by stoning. Creon orders Antigone buried alive in a tomb.

Although Creon has a change of heart and tries to release Antigone, he finds she has hanged herself. She has been forced to weave throughout the entire story, and her death alludes to The Fates. Antigone and Creon are prototypical tragic figures in an Aristotelian sense, as they struggle towards their fore-doomed ends, forsaken by the gods.

Appearance elsewhere[ edit ] Different elements of the legend appear in other places. A description of an ancient painting by Philostratus Imagines ii.

When the boy grows up, he attends some funeral games at Thebes, and is recognized by the mark of a dragon on his body. This leads to the discovery that Antigone is still alive.


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