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The people gathered here are about to act the story of Antigone This is the opening declaration to Jean Anouilhs adaptation of the Greek mythology Antigone and a part of the introductory scene The author uses an informative technique in the form of the prologue to provide historical information on the plot its origins and on the characters in the play A prologue is defined as the introductory lines of a play speech or poem and similar to the role of the chorus in Oedipus the king by Sophocles The role of the introductory scene goes beyond shedding light on the characters in the play and this essay seeks to explore the importance of this device in relation to an understanding of and empathy for the plot and characters in Oedipus and its sequel Oedipus the King unfolds as a murder mystery and a psychological whodunit Throughout this mythic story of patricide and incest Sophocles emphasizes the irony of a man impregnated by pride power and intelligence yet backed by compassion and determined to rid his beloved Thebans of the curse bestowed upon them He is Oedipus the King destined from birth to murder his father Laios and copulate with his mother He us sent away to be killed however in an uncanny twist of events his life is spared and he grows up to fulfill his destiny In Jean Anouilhs adaptation of the sequel to this play Oedipus daughter Antigone emerges as the main character of yet another tragedy A product of Oedipus and Jocastas biological fusion she stood at the crossroads of life and death and chose the easier option of death and was thus condemned Her crime was that of disobeying Creons orders to leave the corpse of her brother Polynices to rot outside the city walls and be fought over by birds and jackals He and his brother Eteocles had slain each other to death in their internecine struggle to become
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