by Sophocles | Grades 11-12 | Drama
The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional hero who pits her beliefs against the king of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother. Determined but doomed, Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the play.
Antigone’s resolve to do the right thing, in spite of the cost, becomes a riveting read. In the conflict between legitimate governmental authority attempting to do what it thinks is best for society and an individual who believes she has a moral responsibility to her dead brother, which one is in the right? This play will get even your most reluctant students involved.