Antigone Journal Prompts:
Please react to the play through the same lens you used for
your personal responses. Use direct
quotes/evidence. Each reaction should
also compare/contrast to your personal reaction. Imagine what the character is feeling.
- To Defy or Not To Defy? Why does
Antigone feel compelled to defy her uncle?
- Stand Up. Describe how Antigone
must stand up and why this is not the easiest choice.
- Bow Down. Describe how Ismene is
frustrated because she can not help Antigone.
- Morals. Who is the most morally
correct in the play? Explain.
- Prove Your Love. Choose one
character in the play and show how he/she proves his/her love (Antigone,
Haemon, Ismene, Creon, and Eurydice).
- Total Sacrifice. Choose a
character (Antigone, Haemon, Ismene, Creon, and Eurydice). How does this
character sacrifice for a loved one? Does he or she do the right thing?
- Respects. Compare and contrast
what Haemon says about the peopleís opinion about Antigoneís actions. How do they feel? Does it echo your
- Suicide. Is suicide in this play
- Apologies. Describe how Antigone or Creonís
behavior could have been different with an apology.
- Fate vs. Free Will. Are the
characters doomed by their circumstances or their choices?
- Sibling Rivalry. Describe how
sibling rivalry causes problems in the play.
- Youíre So Mean. Describe a scene
where a character is mean and makes another feel terrible. How does this compare to what you wrote
- Rebel? Talk about the rebels in the play. Please give examples.
- Adultís POV. How do adults see Antigone and Haemon?
Do you think this is an accurate picture? Explain.
- Conformity. To what things do characters conform in
the play? Why?
- No Parents. DO you think Antigone
and Ismene may have behaved differently if they still had parents?
vs. Society Show how a character chooses
conscience over the expected societal behavior. How does this character compare to
Decision. Describe a difficult decision a
character makes (besides the obvious one.
What was the outcome?
- Outcast. Is there a character who is an outcast? When
- Hubris. Describe how pride causes the most problems
in the play.
Decisions. What role do hasty decisions make in making this a tragedy?