Reflective Statement (RS) Samples
SAMPLE 1 Work used: Antigone
Question: How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?
In our interactive orals today we discussed the cultural and contextual consideration of Sophocles’ play Antigone. In our discussion we covered the life and career of Sophocles, later versions of Antigone, and the development of Greek tragedy.
From our discussion it was easy to see that not much was known about Sophocles, or at least not much that was certain. However, it was apparent that he had achieved a lot in his life time and that he had lived in Athens, Greece when it was at the height of its power. During this time Athens was full of great philosophers, politicians and, of course, playwrights of which Sophocles was arguably the greatest. Sophocles was said to have written 123 plays but all have been lost but 7. Of the seven we have, all or most are great plays. They are a testament to Sophocles play writing prowess.
In our discussion about the development of Greek theatre influential playwrights were discussed. One that stood out to me was that of Thespis. He was the innovator behind the addition of multiple actors to the role as chorus–where it had previously been only one person. In Antigone we can see that Sophocles took a similar approach as he also uses multiple people in his Chorus–people who represent members of the community.
We also learned that Antigone was a play that was popularly adapted or presented again. Jean Anouilh adapted the play and put it on in Nazi occupied France in 1943. It was seen as a sign of resistance with Creon representing the Vichy government and Antigone representing the French Resistance. This use of Antigone was a recurring theme as its popularity grew again in America during the Vietnam War.
I think the most useful part of this IO was the discuss...