Essay Prompt:  Write an essay in which you analyze the most significant idea in Antigone (what is the theme of the play?).  In your essay, you must analyze each of the main characters and their impact on the people around them.  You must provide textual evidence to support your thesis. 

Writer’s Checklist:

·    Identify the title and author of the work

·    Identify the theme of the work (most significant idea)

·    Provide textual evidence to support your statement of theme

·    Analyze the way the author reveals the theme of the play and how this impacts the story

·    Provide a strong thesis statement

·    Provide a logical and focused organization to the essay (introductory paragraph, topic sentences for each body paragraph, transition phrases/sentences, and a strong conclusion)

 

Introductory Paragraph

Attention Grabber: Use a device to get your reader’s attention (an anecdote, fact, quote, rhetorical question, compelling comment, etc.)  

 

 

 

 

 

Thesis Statement: Clearly identify the theme, or most significant idea, of the play.  Include the background information here (title and author).    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Body Paragraph

Topic Sentence:  What is Sophocles trying to say about life through the character of Antigone?

 

 

 

 

 

Key Point #1: What are Antigone’s motivations and intentions? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Detail #1—Evidence: Relevant details (direct quotations, summaries, paraphrases) clearly support your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis—Elaboration: Explain how the evidence relates to and supports your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Body Paragraph

Key Point #2: Antigone’s impact on others.  How does Antigone affect those around her? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Detail #2—Evidence: Relevant details (direct quotations, summaries, paraphrases) clearly support your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis—Elaboration: Explain how the evidence relates to and supports your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Body Paragraph

Topic Sentence:  What is Sophocles trying to say about life through the character of Creon?

 

 

 

 

 

Key Point #1: What are Creon’s intentions and motivations? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Detail #1—Evidence: Relevant details (direct quotations, summaries, paraphrases) clearly support your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis—Elaboration: Explain how the evidence relates to and supports your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Body Paragraph

Key Point #2: Creon’s impact on others.  How does Creon affect those around him? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Detail #2—Evidence: Relevant details (direct quotations, summaries, paraphrases) clearly support your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis—Elaboration: Explain how the evidence relates to and supports your key point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Body Paragraph

Theme of the Novel: What is the theme of the play and how does each character reflect/support the theme?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Detail:  Relevant details (direct quotations, summaries, paraphrases) clearly support the theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis—Elaboration: Explain how the evidence relates to and supports the theme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion Paragraph

Conclusion:  Summary of  and reflection upon key points 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restatement of Thesis:  Restates thesis in an original way, using words different from those in the introduction

 

 

 

 

 

General Comment: Leave the reader with a compelling and thought provoking general comment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have written the outline, you have all the pieces of what your essay will become.  This outline is a guide for you to use, but it is not intended to limit you.  If you wish to write about both characters in the same paragraphs, and then analyze the effects of the literary devices, than you have all the information here that you need to format your paper that way.

 

Avoid using “you” or “I” in your essay.

Avoid using clichés, or overused sayings, such as “Don’t judge a book by its cover”

Reread your own paper out loud to a parent or a friend who has not read Antigone—if it doesn’t make sense to them, then it doesn’t make sense at all.