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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Antigone by Jean Anouilh. Antigone by Jean Anouilh ,. Antigone was originally produced in Paris in , when France was an occupied nation and part of Hitler's Europe.

The play depicts an authoritarian regime and the play's central character, the young Antigone, mirrored the predicament of the French people in the grips of tyranny. One of the masterpieces of the modern French stage. Get A Copy.

Paperback , 72 pages. Published September 1st by Methuen Publishing first published February 4th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Antigone , please sign up. Can anyone provide the quote from pp. See 1 question about Antigone…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.

Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Antigone. Aug 06, Fergus rated it really liked it. When I was 16, a callow youth, I thought Anouilh's heroine just couldn't compromise. I thought, how dumb! Creon was right to imprison her… But later in life, when my personal shibboleths were challenged by my seniors I wouldn't budge.

How come? Well, our personal experiences in an amoral world can force our ethical hand, and then we create personal principles. We must FIND ourselves.

Not all our moral choices come from upbringing, schooling, or culture. A traumatic childhood event can begin the personal conditioning process.

So can parental abuse or sibling rivalry. Or, a sudden, earth-shaking shock. We are all different because of our private reactions as well as our parental conditioning. And especially today, because we are freer to choose. But are we luckier? Would Antigone be luckier today? No, because the law is the law, and Creon's law is the Law in Athens. As it is here now. Our freedom becomes a thorn in our side in the end with the endless conditions imposed on it. So we choose sides.

And we naturally go for the most personally satisfying side. The other side chooses practical Necessity. Same thing: My way or the highway! But come, says the Law as the Lord says to Isaiah - let us reason together Let us Reason! It bends. As WE must bend, though not to the extent of committing a Wrong action. We must charitably bend. And that will Hurt. But you know, adults see kids as unreasonable, and kids sometimes see adults as middle-class moral mediocrities.

The impasse isn't going to go away without the Balm of Time. And, really, neither do we. Time, as Auden says, to face the music: We would rather be ruined than changed We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die.

And we must face that blaring music over, and over again - without sacrificing our personal values. Our personal Cross will turn it to Harmony. And we can finally Face the Face of truth. For it is Good Anouilh's characters are as real as we are. And his play isn't about compromise, as I thought at View all 6 comments. This is the most French retelling ever, y'all. Think secular and pessimist. Because oh, boy , how depressing Jean Anouilh was!

Through the years his works showed more and more clearly how absurd human condition was for him, and how bitter he became. Yet I love that guy - there's just something so liberating oozing from this play.

They express her need to not compromise herself, perhaps, but above all, her freedom to stand for herself and to make her own choices, to refuse to live in a world where her ideals can't help but break. Stupid, Antigone? But still amazing in her flaws. Jean Anouilh 's Antigone isn't a paragon of virtue. She's flawed, detestable, infuriating, complex, oh so endearing. I love her, but I hate her a little. As for Creon , he isn't the Tyrant of Sophocles anymore, but the weak incarnation of politics shady deals.

Bravo to Anouilh for making us feel - almost - bad for him. Hemon, though. Poor, poor Hemon. What is the most difficult? Saying no or saying yes? Jean Anouilh never says, but let the reader choose for himself, as his Antigone.

I love life, though. Love the writing, love the plot, love the characters, even when I hate them. I'll probably still do when I'll be What impresses me the most is the fact that I never end thinking the same thing after each of my rereads - Here lies the strenght of this play. And here we go for the reread of one of my absolute favorite when I was a teenager Of course I'm worried, what do you think?

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Jean Anouilh's Antigone: Summary & Analysis

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Anouilh, a French dramatist, was born the son of a tailor in a small village on the outskirts of Bordeaux. After attending local schools, Anouilh enrolled as a law student in the University of Paris, but left after just eighteen months when he found employment as an advertising copywriter. He wrote thirty plays which have been performed worldwide. His early plays were not successes and he struggled through years of poverty. During the Nazi occupation of France, Anouilh did not openly take sides, though he published the play Antigone, often viewed as his most famous work, after which he gained more success. In his work was recognised with the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca.



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