Antigone and The Poetics Discussion

Your posts for these discussions should be at least one paragraph per question in the prompt, with at least 4-5 sentences per paragraph.

We know that Aristotle wrote the Poetics as an analysis of existing plays, specifically including those of Sophocles. He ordered the elements of tragedy from most to least important as such:

  1. Plot — the events and actions of the play
  2. Character — the people inhabiting the world of the play and the moral character of these individuals
  3. Thought — the ideas expressed
  4. Diction or Language — the language and words used to tell the story
  5. Music and Dance — encompassing what the chorus contributed to the play through their song and dance
  6. Spectacle — physical presentation of the play through sets, costumes, and lighting


  1. Do you think this production of Antigone follows and upholds that order of the elements in terms of importance? Or do you think this modern interpretation utilizes some of the lower/lesser elements (language, spectacle, music and dance) in a way that actually makes them more important in this particular production?
  2. Rank the six elements of tragedy based on how you feel this production utilized them. Be descriptive. This should align with and expand on your analysis in the first part of the post.

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