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WL World Lit 2 - An extract from Antigone by Sophocles

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I chose to do assignment 2c and the key passage i chose was where Antigone and Ismene were talking:

CREON: You crawling viper! Lurking in my house to suck my blood! Two traitors unbeknown

Plotting against my throne. Do you admit

To a share in this burying, or deny all knowledge?

ISMENE: I did it – yes – if she will let me say so.

I am as much to blame as she is.

ANTIGONE: No.

That is not just.

You would not lend a hand and I refused your help in what I did.

ISMENE: But I am not ashamed to stand beside you

Now in your hour of trial, Antigone.

ANTIGONE: Whose was the deed, Death and the dead are witness.

I love no friend whose love is only words.

ISMENE: O sister, sister, let me share your death,

Share in the tribute of honour to him that is dead.

ANTIGONE: You shall not die with me. You shall not claim

That which you would not touch. One death is enough.

ISMENE: How can I bear to live, if you must die?

ANTIGONE: Ask Creon. Is not he the one you care for?

ISMENE: You do yourself no good to taunt me so.

ANTIGONE: Indeed no: even my jests are bitter pains.

ISMENE: But how, O tell me how can I help you?

ANTIGONE: Help yourself. I shall not stand in your way.

ISMENE: For pity, Antigone – can I not die with you?

ANTIGONE: You chose; life was your choice, when mine was death.

ISMENE: Although I warned you that it would be so.

ANTIGONE: Your way seemed right to some, to others mine.

ISMENE: But now both in the wrong, and both condemned.

ANTIGONE: No, no. You live. My heart was long since [dead,

So it was right for me to help the dead.

Do you think i should include.exclude anything from this passage? What are some ideas of what i could talk about?

How do you think i should start?

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i don't the the text that you're studying but i think you should include the part when Ismene is willing to die alongside Antigon. But what is your topic on?

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i don't the the text that you're studying but i think you should include the part when Ismene is willing to die alongside Antigon. But what is your topic on?

Well it is this part that ismene tells antigone that she is willing to take the blame.. that is why antigone tell her no, that she will die alone...

well i have to analyze a key passage, so i chose the passage that i posted earlier... but i don't really know how to structure my essay and how to start analyzing...

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i don't the the text that you're studying but i think you should include the part when Ismene is willing to die alongside Antigon. But what is your topic on?

Well it is this part that ismene tells antigone that she is willing to take the blame.. that is why antigone tell her no, that she will die alone...

well i have to analyze a key passage, so i chose the passage that i posted earlier... but i don't really know how to structure my essay and how to start analyzing...

Well Doing a WL on only an excerpt is a very narrow approach and creates strains on the tiny excerpt to provide material for 1500 words. So why don't you do something bigger, like talk about an element in the book. This way you create ambiguity and can spend a lot of words on clearing that up. Well I'm sure you want an example to make sense of this yapping....sooo you could do something like this " Famlial ties in Sophocles's Antigone and present day familial relationships" Now I'm a **** but I think this might qualify as a topic.

The reason for this example: Family Is a very pressing topic in the whole book, there's:

Oedipus-The whole history of how he killed his father, married his mother was orphaned.

Antigone- How she is willing to die so that her brother-whom she hardly knew gets a decent burial

Ismene- How she's willing to sacrifice her life

Creon- The father-in-law to be who tries to pull strings, for family's sake.

Must be other stuff I've missed. Hope you get me :)

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