Catharsis in Antigone


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In literature, what is catharsis?

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1. In the play Antigone, Antigone's plight makes the audience feel _____ because _____.

2. In the play Antigone, Creon's conflict makes the audience feel _____ because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet examines the role of catharsis within Antigone. The questions focus on the conflicts in the play and how they impact the audience emotionally.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students taking this quiz/worksheet combo will find questions involving:

  • Catharsis in literature
  • How Antigone's plight makes the audience feel
  • The emotional effect of Creon's conflict
  • Haemon's conflict
  • The emotional impact of Antigone's ending

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between how central conflicts within the play affect the audience
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read about how the ending of Antigone leaves the audience emotionally and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately describe catharsis in a literary context

Additional Learning

To learn more about this element of Antigone, you can review the accompanying lesson called, Catharsis in Antigone. This lesson is composed of the following objectives:

  • Know the origin of the word catharsis
  • Familiarize yourself with the plot of Antigone
  • Explore the relationships between the main characters of the play