A Word Quest for Sophomore English
by Linda Smith
Introduction | Task |LInks| Process | Evaluation | Conclusion
For a picture tour of modern Athens
The time: 442 B.C. The place: Athens, Greece. You've returned to the Theater of Dionysos to retrieve your satchel containing articles and advertisements for tomorrow's Athens Daily. You had it with you yesterday when you sat alone and pondered the tragic events of Sophocles' Antigone, which was played out here just two days ago.
As you get lost in your thoughts about the play, you feel transported. You see before you this theater; however, it's in ruins. Through the prism of time, you are seeing more than 2,000 years into the future. You observe a solitary and strangely dressed individual sitting where you are sitting, apparently absorbed in sorting through the contents of badly decomposed satchel. Gentle fingers gingerly handle wispy fragments of what appears to be documents. Your satchel? Your articles and personal effects? Why is this person seem so mesmerized with the words?
As an Athenian, you will introduce Antigone, a woman who stubbornly defies civil law because she thinks the law is morally wrong (civil disobedience), and Creon, the lawgiver who struggles to maintain the rule of law, without which lawlessness and anarchy result. (Find out about democracy in Ancient Greece.)
By the end of the project, you will have explored the dilemmas faced by the major characters in Sophocles' play and have linked this learning to similar dilemmas in the modern world. Who acted more courageously? Antigone in her defiance or Creon in his steadfast belief in law?
Pre reading Activity Your paper has been collecting information about the Greek culture to feature in an upcoming section of the paper. This information was in the lost satchel along with articles relating the the tragedy Antigone.
Encyclopedia Mythica . . . . . . . .
Reading Activity: During the reading of Antigone, keep a diary on your assigned character (either Antigone or Creon). Jot down quotes and incidents that reveal your character's feeling about the law. Follow your character as he or she makes decisions that result in tragedy. Ask yourself whether the character is a hero? Write this through the eyes of the character.
Post Reading Activity: You are now going to assemble the items that you had in your satchel when you lost it.
Individual Assignment. Write a five paragraph essay on the theme of civil disobedience vs. the rule of law. Use details from the play for support but be sure to connect to the present. You may find the essays linked below helpful.
Evaluation . . . . . . . .
You will have read the tragedy Antigone through the eyes of her time. You should be familiar with vocabulary concerning the development of the Greek theater. You should also have insight into the universal nature of man as preserved in the writings of great authors. Do you have more insight into this question: For what principle would you be willing to be break the law and suffer serious consequences?
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