4 out of 5 stars to Antigone, the third in a trilogy of Theban plays written around 441 BC (yes, almost 2500 years ago) by Sophocles. In my junior year of high school, our Advanced Placement English teacher assigned all three Theban plays. This is a mini-review on the final one, Antigone, which was my second favorite — Oedipus Rex was of course, my favorite. In this Greek tragedy, Antigone, Oedipus Rex’s daughter, fights to have a proper burial for her brother. She is strong-willed, determined and forceful, yet respectful and fair in her arguments. What I love about these plays is that ability for the characters to call on your emotions, logic and your intelligence. The plots are incredibly complex and shocking, but the players are what help you fall in love with Sophocles as a writer. Given its 2500 years old, and a translation, there are a number of areas where might not fully understand, especially if you aren’t familiar with your Greek Gods and Goddesses. The words themselves are beautiful. The images you see are intense. It’s a fantastic read. But read them in order. And think of Antigone as your very own Wonder Woman.
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