Analysis and Criticism of 'Antigone': The Missing Dialogue

2223 Words9 Pages
Chen Liang Professor David Swartz ENG 102A 2012.3.3 Analysis and Criticism to “Antigone: The Missing Dialogue” One of seven surviving dramas composed by the famed Athenian playwright Sophocles, Antigone is, in terms of narrative chronology, the last of the three-part Theban cycle. It is a magnificent drama filled with strong politics, eulogizes the spirit of Antigone, who is a tender woman with a brave heart to fight for her belief and sacrifice for her family. At that time, women were suffering from sexism and powerless in their family, especially in the hereditary ruling class. It is a conflict between the nature law of God and the power of a fatuous mortal ruler. After reading Antigone, every reader knows that the story happened in Antigone, not only reflects freedom and justice of thought the residents have, but also writes a scene of tragedy in a family and between two lovers. I think a lot of readers include scholars, professors and dramatists, they may have a question when they read Antigone: What do Antigone and Haemon talk before they commit suicide together? I am also curious about the missing dialogue between these two lovers. If Sophocles injects the romantic but sentimental scene into his script, it probably will be more attractive for audience. Coincidently, I scanned an article on the Internet these days. Its issue is about the possible communication happened between Antigone and Haemon before their death in the tomb. In the essay: “Antigone: the Missing Dialogue.” The author expounds the reason why the greatest dramatist Sophocles doesn’t depict the lovers’ dialogue so that neither shall there be sorrow or dying, nor any more pain for the audience to feel from the two lovers in the end of Antigone. He builds a logical argument from the beginning of the essay to the last word to explain the reasons why Sophocles effaced
Open Document