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By Jean Anouilh, Barbara Bray

Jean Anouilh, one of many preferable French playwrights of the 20 th century, changed the mundane realist works of the former period along with his cutting edge dramas, which take advantage of fable, tragic ardour, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and house. Antigone, his best-known play, was once played in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In his allegorical story, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is shipped to her loss of life. Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi career; however the author's characterisaation of Creon additionally appeared to exonerate Marshal Petain and his fellow collaborators. extra ambivalent than his old version, Sophocles, Anouilh makes use of Greek fantasy to discover the aggravating ethical dilemmas of our instances.

Commentary and notes by way of Ted Freeman.

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