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By (Mythological character) Antigone; Sophocles.; Taylor, Don; (Mythological character) Antigone

The tale of 1 sister's loyalty to either her brothers, despite their acts or opposing political opinions, 'Antigone' is likely one of the such a lot constantly well known performs within the heritage of drama. This translation, by means of Don Taylor, was once commissioned by means of the BBC, and was once first broadcast in autumn, 1986.


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If that’s how the land lies, the poor child’s doomed, Her death warrant sealed and delivered. creon. By you, gentlemen, if you remember, As well as by me. You heard the order, Agreed it with me, if only by your silence, Did you not, before the criminal was known? We’ll have no more shilly-shallying. Take them away, Lock them up, and keep them under close guard. It’s time they understood they are women, And their proper place in this society. There’s nothing like the immediate threat Of death to soften up their rhetoric, And make them look reality in the face.

Will it soothe your pain To share her destiny, Or soften your distress As alive in the earth Antigone You draw your last breath, To live on in legend and stone? antigone. This is a mockery! By everything The city of our fathers has ever held sacred, You landowners, you elder statesmen, You rulers of Thebes, my dying Is no joke! Am I a figure of fun To be treated like a child, insulted and humiliated As I leave you for ever? Then, forests and meadows, and our Theban river, Glittering pathway, ceaselessly flowing From Dirce’s death till now, flat lands Thundering beneath our chariots, you Must be my witnesses, my only friends And mourners, as, victimised by an unjust law, I go To my last home In the living tomb, To wait, while the slow darkness descends, Cold and starving on my stony bed Halfway between the living and the dead.

In times of war And national danger, he will be the man You can rely on, the man you would feel safe with Fighting beside you in the front rank When the battle becomes critical. Indiscipline, Anarchy, disobedience, what greater scourge Than that for humankind? States collapse From within, cities are blown to rubble, Efficient armies are disorganised, And potential victory turned to disaster And carnage, and all by disobedience, Anarchy, indiscipline. Whereas the well-drilled regiment That asks no questions stands firm, Knows nothing, and needs to know nothing, and wins, Thus saving the lives of millions of honest people.

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