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Antigone, by Sophocles

Good lives are made so by discipline.

—Creon, Antigone

Antigone is one of those plays I'd heard about but never read -- it's actually an option on the Leaving Cert in Ireland (I did Macbeth), but I didn't know the first thing about it before I read it. It's shorter than I expected -- my translation (by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald) ran 80 or so pages, and the text is eminently readable.

I'm sure that Leaving Cert students could expound on the motifs much better than I can, but I was struck by a couple things reading it: