Theme 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
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In a symbolic manner, Creon also symbolises the suppression and tension that the older white generation is currently under and that are struggling with white guilt. He then supresses the new generation which in this adaptation would Antigone symbolises to be. Antigone, who represents the individual and the born frees, disagrees with Creon. Antigone as a born free, symbolises the new generation in South Africa that now have to face the issues of the result of the end of apartheid. Antigone stands up for her adopted brother proclaiming that he should be allowed to stay with them as he is part of the family and democracy has been instilled into South Africa for more than twenty

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