Play by Jean Anouilh after Sophocles. Anouilh’s Antigone by Rosamund E. Deutsch. R EACTION to the recent portrayal of. RC% Antigone by Katharine Cornell. Antigone was originally produced in Paris in , when France was an occupied nation and part of Hitler’s Europe. The play depicts an authoritarian regime. Learn how French playwright Jean Anouilh adapted Sophocles’ classic play ‘ Antigone’ to send a message of anti-Nazi resistance during World War II.

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I want to be sure of everything this very day; sure that everything will be as beautiful as when I was a little girl. Brasillach was executed by firing squad in Februarydespite the outcry from Anouilh and his peers that the new government had no right to persecute individuals for “intellectual crimes” in the absence of military or political action. Open Preview See a Problem?

Nov 22, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval.

And then Antigone came up with this anoulih of a line: Though he shared with these authors a “similar desperate vision anoilh human existence,” [23] these new absurdist theatres’ pursuit of alternative dramaturgies made Anouilh’s semi-realistic plays seem dull and old-fashioned.

I question the wisdom of leaving out Tireisias and his prediction, and Creon’s attempts to undo what he has done. There is really nothing beautiful about a situation like this, and there was no idealisation of anything. Anouilh disagreed with these somber readings of his best works, however, arguing that, like all great French literature, his plays had found ways to laugh at misfortune.

View all 7 comments. Which was beautifully mirrored by the simple, everyday language – none of Sophocles’ poetic flights of fancy for Anouilh. Anouilh’s sentry, however, is an imbecile; morally stunted, stupid, ignorant, uneducated.

And sometimes, retelling stories is the best way to share our own. No, because the law is the law, and Creon’s law is the Law in Athens. The play depicts an authoritarian regime and the play’s central character, the young Antigone, mirrored the predicament of the French people in the grips of tyranny.


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And his play isn’t about compromise, as I thought at I’m giving the play 4 stars. In English, it is often distinguished from its antecedent through its pronunciation French pronunciation: Mostly keeping aloof from politics, Anouilh also clashed with de Gaulle in the s. Bravo to Anouilh for making us feel – almost – bad for him. Anouilh doesn’t seem to favor one view over the other. By the end of his career, Anouilh’s reputation outstripped all his contemporaries.

My French isn’t good enough to have read this alone but was good enough to attempt reading it with the help of an English translation in audio: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach. Anouilh was in pain, and he was trying to sort out the world that he once knew and the world he was now forced to live in. Works by Jean Anouilh. Per chi volesse leggerlo, qui trova un adattamento teatrale del testo di Jean Anouilh.

Can’t wait to delve more into this. The fact that Anouilh was able to convey to the Germans a sense that Creon “wins” because he is lawfully “right,” and to the French that in a sense Antigone’s argument is the stronger in view of a higher power and moral “right” and therefore comes as a call for patriotism and revulsion against the Occupying forces is truly brilliant and inspiring.

E tu stavi per sprecarlo! The aftermath is the drama–it doesn’t feel real anymore, and he can’t have hope because of what he’s seen, so what’s left?

What he lived through was real, and he had to go through it, but in doing so, he accepted it for what it was.

I don’t really know how to write about this play. In truth, Antigone is the epitome of the perfectionist idealist, whereas King Creon represents the hypocritical and callous tyrant whose only concern is power and politics. He acts as a foil to Creon; ironically so, since he displays the qualities of ‘noble blood’ much more clearly than Creon ever does. He served in the military during at least two periods, having been drafted into the French Army in and You with your promise of anyigona humdrum happiness–provided a person doesn’t ask much of life.


No ruler should deprive any citizen of their rights for any reason, no matter how horrible they are, no matter how much they harm the state! Antlgona probably still do when I’ll be During the Nazi occupation of France, Anouilh did not openly take sides, though he published the play Antigone, often viewed as anoouilh most famous work.

But you know, adults see kids as unreasonable, and kids see adults as middle-class moral mediocrities. The truth is a lot more complicated.

There are accepted fables, that this is an anti-occupation play — a play that was written slyly enough that it got past the German censors even though it had an anti-occupation message. Perhaps her rationale for burying Polynices carried some weight in the original play, but in this 20th century version she really has no Gods or true filial duty to invoke so she comes off more as a woman with a death wish. Instead of fighting to bury her brother because it is the right and just thing to do according to the eternal and unwritten rules of the gods, she is merely making a point, overwhelmed by youthful emotion, and one which in the final moments, she regrets.

Jean Anouilh

This used to be my favorite play in the entire world. They have such a terror of not being in touch, of missing out on a fashionable event that antihona no longer exist as wntigona decisive force. We currently support the following browsers: His father was a tailor and Anouilh maintained that he inherited from him a pride in conscientious craftmanship. With protagonists who asserted their independence from the fated past, themes during this period are more closely related to the existential concerns of such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.