Antigone - Study Guide Ode 1 (First Stasimon) Summary & Analysis

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Ode 1 (First Stasimon) Summary

The Chorus praises the greatness of man. He is the most awesome wonder in the universe. No matter the vicissitudes of life, man is held in awe for his stamina and spirit. The Chorus further celebrates man as the master of beasts, the one who has tamed animals and protects himself from the elements. There is, however, one force from which man is not immune – death.

The Chorus then alludes to recent events. They speak of the orderliness of kept laws and the anarchy of treachery. Furthermore, the Chorus does not condone anarchy or the entertainment of such thoughts.

Ode 1 (First Stasimon) Analysis

This scene interjects song and dance, as odes in classic Greek tragedy do. The Chorus praises man as a survivor of tempests, held in high regard by nature. This scene shows the continued support of the Chorus for Creon. They...

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