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Chapter Three

George Steiner

in Antigones

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780192819345
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.003.0003
Chapter Three

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In order to comprehend classical Greek texts or any other text that is set in a language that could be compared to the formally and density of that used in Sophocles' Antigone would entail utilizing a great deal of both inaccessibility and immediacy in order to attain a certain degree of stability. Although this sort of approach may shed light on the text's general meaning, such an endeavour will only yield temporary results because of the varied perceptions and uncertainties that one may experience in analysing this complex work. Understanding the tragedy requires both a present and historical dynamic. This chapter attempts to point out that understanding what Antigone aims to portray could be modified by certain pressures depending on the social style, politics, and other such elements that may affect one's construal of the play.

Keywords: Greek texts; language; Antigone; inaccessibility; immediacy; stability; dynamic; social style; politics; understanding

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Subjects: Literature

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