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- Full Title: Antigone
- When Written: Circa 442 B.C.E.
- Where Written: Athens, Greece
- Literary Period: Classical
- Genre: Tragic drama
- Setting: The royal house of Thebes
- Climax: The suicides of Antigone and Haemon
- Antagonist: Creon
World War II Antigone: In 1944, when Paris was occupied by the Nazis, Jean Anouilh produced a version of Antigone in which the audience was able to identify Antigone with the French Resistance fighters and Creon with the occupying forces.
World War II Antigone 2: The German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht produced a version of the play in German, in 1948, which had even more obvious references to the Nazis. Brecht's version of the play begins in a Berlin air-raid shelter.