Examples Of Interculturalism In Antigone

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Interculturalism is when two different cultures come together and this allows them to combine their traditions temporarily (holledge and Thompkins pg 7). In this essay interculturalism will be explored when the play Antigone (djjd) is adapted into modern South Africa. The themes concerning the individual as opposed to the state, determination and pride will be examined. The language, characters and aesthetic components will be discussed as well as the notions of violence.


In this essay the second scene of the play Antigone (Sophocles 1986) will be modified to fit in present day South Africa. This scene in the original dramatic text begins where Sentry brings Antigone to King Creon because she has buried Polyneices and thus broke the law. Antigone admits to committing this crime and explains that her actions are more. The Chorus accuses Antigone of being prone to cause mischief. Creon disagrees with Antigone and vows to execute her. Creon summons Ismene and upon her arrival she is questioned and Creon says that she is guilty of helping Antigone with the burial. Antigone tells Ismene not to confess to a crime that she did not commit.
The adapted version of Antigone (Sophocles 1986) will be set in present day South Africa and will revolve around the freedom of the new generation better known as the born frees. The ‘born frees’ is a term given to those who were born in the same year as South Africa’s first free elections (South Africa’s

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