Day 1

Antigone Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is Ismene so against Antigone's suggested plans?

    Many students will immediately suggest fear or cowardice; while these may be true, draw them out a little further. Ismene believes both that she is powerless (and her sister equally so) and that the rules set out by leaders are inviolable, more important than any internal desire she may feel. She also wants to ensure her sister's safety, as her sister is now her only living family member.

  2. 2

    Why is it so important to Antigone to bury her brother?

    She doesn't want his body dishonored or desecrated, and feels that Creon's decree is wrong. She also feels it is essential to maintain a sense of honor...

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