HESTIA BOOK CLUB
Antigone by Sophocles (c. 496 – 406) https://mthoyibi.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/antigone_2.pdf
The play has 2 themes: Gender, the Position of Women, and The Individual vs the State - Conscience versus Law; Moral or Divine Law versus Human Law
Creon, the ruler of Thebes has decreed that Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, is not to be buried, but rather to be left out to be eaten by vultures. Not being buried is anathema even if the person was deemed a traitor. Antigone wants her sister, Ismene, to help bury their brother. She is frightened and refuses. Antigone buries him, thus defying the “law of the land” in favor of her religious beliefs.
Antigone's gender has profound effects on the meaning of her actions. Creon himself says that the need to defeat her is all the more pressing because she is a woman. The freedom of Greek women was extremely limited; the rules and strictures placed on them were great even for the ancient world. Antigone's rebellion is especially threatening because it upsets gender roles and hierarchy. By refusing to be passive, she overturns one of the fundamental rules of her culture.
We meet the first Wednesday of the month, September through June.
Our book club evenings go something like this:
7:00-7:30pm Connecting, time for drinks/food
7:30-8:30pm Book discussion
8:30-9:00pm Logistics (selecting the next book and planning the next meeting)
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