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Antigone by Sophocles
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Apr 20, 2009

it was amazing

A drama that I have taught for numerous years but one that I read again for the first time in several years, this play by Sophocles speaks again to me about commitment and brain development. Yes, I know... what a combo!

One just cannot help but be appreciative of Antigone's loyalty to her family, especially her brother. Who among you would lay down his life for his/her brother?

On a different note, though, I have to question Antigone's level of brain development, for I look at this situation and wondered why could she have not handled this in a different fashion? Why make such a rash decision? Ah, yes, the answer: she lacked brain development, for she is probably just a mere fourteen or fifteen year old youngster, a mere babe, one that could not rationalize any further, for she simply does not have the brain capablities...yet. For with ages comes brain development.

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health...

Regardless of income or sex, children appeared to improve rapidly on many tasks between ages 6 and 10, with much less dramatic cognitive growth in adolescence. This result fits with previous research suggesting that in adolescence, there is a shift toward integrating what one knows rather than learning new basic skills.

Uhmmm...yes. Maybe Antigone just could not help herself, and she had too few live adults left in her life to guide her.

Thus, maybe one should read this drama as a warning of the result of thoughts too rash?

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