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York University
HUMA 1105
Donald A Burke

Parados – entering dance of Chorus • Stasima (plural) Choral Odes • Stasimon (Singular) – first choral ode after the opening dance • 334-75: what makes man so strange and uncanny? Burke’s interpretation: Ideas of Hegel and Shinnston. In the opening strophe, we see man depicted as the strangest of things in nature. What powers does man have? Man conquers the sea and technology. Man uses his own power to defeat the powers of nature. The antistrophe is a metrical repetition of the previous strophe. The continuation of the theme of technology in the first strophe. Man is able to use power to defeat the overpower forces of nature. Man is clever. This chorus is indicating the punishment of Antigone for her defying the human laws. Antigone is the first of the Theban tragedy that Sophocles wrote. Sophocles did not present these three plays in the same year; they were presented in three different years. Oedipus at Colonus Oedipus at Colonus depicts the death of Oedipus and the dispute between the two brothers for the throne. Antigone The two brothers are killed, and Creon assumes leadership of the throne. Creon states Polynieces as a betrayer and refutes his burial, but allows it for the other brother. The play begins with Anti
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