Subject: General Questions    / College life    


The major assignment for this week is to compose a 900-word essay on Antigone. In this paper you will write an in-depth analysis using your own ideas and excerpts from the play in the form of quotes, paraphrases, or summaries.

Antigone clearly scrutinizes the cultural institution of gender, for the play’s debate about the nature of justice and good governance hinges on Antigone’s defiance of the king, making the play one of only a few ancient Greek dramas that put a woman center stage (apologies for the bad pun!). Moreover, there are important moments in the play that underscore its focus on gender inequality. For instance, at one point Creon accuses his son, Haemon, of considering “some women” more important than the rule of law. Creon goes on to complain that Haemon puts Antigone before all others. In another passage, Ismene, invoking the argument that women should obey men, urges Antigone to submit to Creon. Examine representations of gender and the gender conflict in Antigone in detail.

Wrote a complete introduction that engages your classmates' interest, explains the topic, provides a detailed thesis that identifies your argument, briefly states the main evidence, and maps the paper for your audience.    10
Used key passages and quotations from the text to support and defend your thesis. Supporting examples and quotations are fully analyzed. The link between the thesis and the evidence is clearly explained.    20
Examined in your essay’s discussion of evidence what the text suggests about the culture, literary movements, philosophies, or ideologies that influenced it.    10
Organized the paper effectively with unified paragraphs, each of which has a topic sentence and effective transitions to the next paragraph.    20
Provided an appropriate conclusion that reinforces the paper's main ideas without repeating the introduction word for word.    10
Met the word requirement.    10
Communicated clearly using your own words for the majority of the paper with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling throughout.    10