Antigone In Ferguson Analysis

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Ferguson is No Thebes In the 2017 Daily Beast article “Antigone in Ferguson: A Modern Tragedy is Now a Greek Tragedy,” David Freedlander claims the plot in Antigone is the same as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014. He contends that the body of Michael Brown lying unburied in the street is punishment for someone who was a “threat to the community” (Freedlander 1). The article centers around a company, Theater of War led by Bryan Doerries, coming to Ferguson and performing portions of Antigone. According to Freedlander, Theater of War is endeavoring to move the “black box” of theater into “places where people… have undergone trauma” (Freedlander 1). Freedlander selected specific comments from Doerries to support …show more content…

The only similarity between the stories is that Brown and Polyneices committed a criminal act in violation of man’s law. Brown assaulted an officer while being detained for a prior criminal act, and was ultimately shot and killed. In contrast, Polyneices left Thebes and returned with an army to defeat and overtake the city that was being defended by his brother Eteocles. They killed each other in battle leaving Creon as heir to the throne. King Creon decreed that Polyneices would not be buried thus denying him the ability to be claimed by god Hades and move into the afterlife. This was a cruel and unjust punishment that would have been understood by everyone of the time as defying the laws of the gods. Freedlander also claimed that Michael Brown’s body was desecrated for “four and one half hours” by him being left in the street (Freedlander 2). Evidence shows that his body was removed from the scene less than four hours later, and released to family members for burial. The encounter was tragic but was not an issue for the …show more content…

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