ANTIGONE (Mythological character) in literature, CREON, King of Thebes (Greek mythology), LITERARY characters, and GENDER in literature
A literary criticism of the novel "The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone" by Seamus Heaney is presented. It highlights the similarities between the novel and the play, particularly the quarrel between Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus King of Thebes, Greece, and Creon, her uncle and newly appointed King of Thebes. Also discussed are the novel's connection with the 1998 Belfast Agreement and Heaney's interest in the gender politics of Sophocles.
TRAGEDY (Drama) -- History & criticism, GREEK drama (Tragedy) -- Themes, motives, SUFFERING in art, PATHOS in literature, and FREE will & determinism in literature
The essay discusses the history of dramatic tragedy, including the opinions of philosopher Immanuel Kant, ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, and opera composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. The author describes the history or early modern tragedy, how it was influenced by ancient Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus and Sophocles, and how it used pathos. The author argues that tragedy involves the struggle between free will and fate, suffering heroes, and morality.
MEDIEVAL poetry, OEDIPUS (Greek mythology) in literature, and ANCIENT literature
A critique is presented of the 12th century anonymous poem "Lament of Oedipus," and the author uses the poem to illustrate medieval appreciation of ancient Greek and Latin literature. Medieval interpretation of the Oedipus myth, the Biblical character Judas Iscariot, and St. Gregory the Great are mentioned, as well as the Oedipus play by Greek dramatist Sophocles and the psychological aspects of the poem.