Standing for What’s Right: A Review of Antigone

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“Antigone” is an interesting play paralleling what is going on in our lives as most of us are getting ready to cast a ballot, deciding which candidate does what seems to be right. The plot centers around Antigone, a young woman who fights for what she believes in: the desire for her brother to be viewed as equal. As the war continues, Antigone loses her two brothers and the new king, Kreon, orders one brother to be buried honorably while the other is not to be buried. Antigone attempts to bury the brother ordered not to be buried, breaking the law. Kreon eventually loses his wife and son and while mourning his loss, he learns how he should have had the wisdom to treat others in the society more fairly so none of this would have happened. 

Sinclair intended to perform “Antigone” last Spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic stopped that from occurring and instead, the performance would be postponed to fall where people could stream the performance from their electronic devices.

All of the actors on stage were adequately distanced from one another and all wore masks. The chorus was the ones that were guiding viewers through the plot, but overall, “Antigone” was a heartbreaking but powerful story of how one person goes until death to fight for what is right. Antigone wanted both of her brothers to be viewed as equal, not as brother vs. brother, but as brothers who come from the same family, to have the same amount of respect for each brother, despite them being on two different sides. 

Many people now are standing up for what should be equal, what should be right, just, and “Antigone” is a play that relates to what we are experiencing now. The Black Lives Matter Movement is an example, as people all across the country are fighting for equality. 

Even though the play was written thousands of years ago “Antigone” gives us a wonderful opportunity to see what advocating for what people believe in means. 

(The Anciet Greek playwright Sophocles is well-known for his Theban plays, the most famous being the first in the series “Oedipus Rex.” “Antigone” is the last of the three Theban plays. Source: YouTube/CrashCourse)

Jackie Kasner

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