Antigone Characters - Antigone and Creon

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  • Antigone Characters - Antigone and Creon
    • Antigone
      • Key Traits
        • Pious
        • Brave
          • Asserts superiority of unwritten laws of the gods over the laws of men/Creon
            • Even believes she can dies happily knowing she upheld the gods law...Stubborn?
        • Loyal to her family
          • Proud of her actions when claiming responsibility
        • Angry
        • Determined
      • Performance aspects
        • Sharp movements/ Confidence in stride and speech
          • Loud, low tone when addressing Creon
            • Element of defiance to undermine his authority when putting gods above him
          • More sympathetic (but still sense of anger) towards the 'weak' Ismene
          • Angry, powerful movements when addressing Creon (pg. 28)
            • accentuating words, almost spitting them at him
            • make the most of pauses as she has been thinking this for a while
      • Intended audience reactions
        • start of play:
          • almost fearful of what she's going to do
          • respect for her standing up for her brother against Creon
          • Strong and brave against the weak Ismene
        • with Creon
          • Not completely rational
          • Respect for her standing up to him - Proud of her as a heroine
          • Fearful of her anger and rage
        • With Ismene and Creon
          • proud and stubborn
          • pity her - brutal treatment from Creon
    • Creon
      • Key Character traits
        • Seemingly level-headed
        • Seemingly respectable
          • at beginning of play, not by the end
            • Seemingly level-headed
        • Professional
          • at beginning of play, not by the end
          • Insecure
          • Hubris
          • Manipulative
            • Not necessarily spiteful however - more a Theban nationalist than heartless villain
          • Stubborn
        • Performance aspects
          • Confident - loud voice, big entrances
            • Build up to 1st entrance doesn't disappoint
            • anger at Antigone with shouting, wide stance, sometimes refusing to look at her with contempt/ disgust, other times not taking his eyes off her with hatred
            • Controlled, big movements when speaking to his people and the occasional burst of angry motion with Antigone
          • at breaking point after Haemon and Eurydice's deaths
            • lower voice, accepting resonsibility
            • low or hysterical tone with hysteria and terror?
              • lower voice, accepting resonsibility
        • Intended audience reaction
          • first appearance
            • rational leader, professional and nationalist
              • sense of respect for him? or knowing of Antigone's plans, fear of his reaction?
            • Realisation of his anger and how irrational he can be
          • with Antigone and Ismene
            • agreeing with Antigone and disliking Creon and his motives against her
            • misogynistic villain - brutal and dismissive of women
          • with Haemon
            • sense of fatherly love - respect (to some degree)
              • tries to give fatherly wisdom which ends up coming off as misogynistic not in line with Haemon's ideals and engagement
              • angry at him as he condemns his own son's marriage
            • angry at him as he condemns his own son's marriage
            • Form of sympathy for him after Haemon and Eurydice's deaths
              • didn't mean to be a 'villain' as such but just protecting his city and its law
                • highlight Antigone's irrationality?
              • sense of justice?




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