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Antigone written in 1942 by the French playwright Anouilh is based upon the original Antigone the third play in the trilogy of The Theban Plays written by Sophocles of Ancient Greece in around 450 BC Antigone is based upon the age-old conflict between the requirements of human and divine law Although Anouilhs version of Antigone is significantly similar to its original by Sophocles there are substantial differences between the two plays There is the chorus depicted as one person who sets the scene the many different characters who draw out different perspectives of Antigones persona and the introduction of the character of the nurse During Antigone contempt of death enables a weak maiden to conquer a powerful ruler who proud of his own wisdom ventures in his unbounded arrogance to his pit his royal word against the duty to kin and human sentiment and learns all to late by destruction that fate in due course brings fit punishment Due to the fact that the play is based on conflict the story of the play is revealed over the dispute about the burial of Antigones brother Polynices in which King Creons views are that of a political nature opposed to Antigones religious duties and opinions whilst both retaining the belief that they are in the right As the audience we can only anticipate the most dramatic scene that will therefore be the confrontation between these two characters when Antigone is arrested as their positions are conflicting This essay is to analyse what effects the dramatic devices used by Anouilh have in the scenes leading up to Antigones arrest and I will endeavour to highlight those that do so The opening speech by the chorus sets the scene for the conflict in the play the tension and suspense of Antigone is felt immediately The chorus begins by opening with a description of all the characters of the play setting the stage for the story of
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