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How would you wish your audience to respond to the scene in which the Guard first approaches King Creon to tell him that Polynices’ corpse has been buried? Explain how you would want to achieve your aims.

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How would you wish your audience to respond to the scene in which the Guard first approaches King Creon to tell him that Polynices' corpse has been buried? Explain how you would want to achieve your aims. Jessica Clayton - Lower VI Through the Guard's comical behaviour and King Creon's contrasting cruelty and intimidation, I feel this scene is vital towards making the play a success with its' audience. In order to bring out the comical element in the play, I would direct the Guard to enter the stage slowly, peering out from behind one of the columns on-stage - as if very scared and intimidated by Creon, who I think should be sitting on a throne on a raised platform. I think this would be visually entertaining to an audience, as it would create a contrast to the previous mood in the play. The Guard could provide a comical element again, when he shuffles onto the stage, stuttering and stammering to deliver the news to Creon: GUARD: My Lord.... CREON: Yes, what is it? GUARD: Sir, I wouldn't like you to think...er...that is... ...read more.


Throughout his long speech ('There were no signs...'), he could be acting out how he came across the corpse by taking centre stage and acting towards the audience to make a 'performance' out of the tragedy that has occurred. When he tells Creon that 'each of us were ready to pick up a red hot iron and swear by all the Gods we'd neither done it nor been in the know about it', I would direct him to hold his hand against his heart, so that it would look over the top and I would direct Creon to sit, in disbelief, in his throne. I think this could create quite a comic moment in the scene. The Guard becomes more cheeky and self-assured as he is talking to Creon. I think this could be quite comically interpreted, because as he starts telling Creon about 'drawing lots to see who would be the unlucky one in telling the King of the news', he should be facing the audience and looking away from Creon. At this point, Creon could come up so that he is standing directly behind the Guard, and as he turns round at the end of his speech ('no one likes a man who brings bad news!') ...read more.


I think a contrast between the Guard and Creon should also be shown in their appearance. Whereas King Creon should be quite tall and broad in physicality and dressed in regal robes, the Guard should appear and be dressed comically in order to aid humorous interpretation. I would perhaps direct him to have a slight hunch, with messy, unwashed hair and also a dirty face. His costume should be quite dull in appearance - ragged and worn - but I also think he should show his enthusiasm and energy for life by being short and slightly plump, with rosy cheeks and sparkling, mischievous eyes. I would also like the Guard to have an accent - perhaps Cockney or a country drawl! I think this would make him more loveable to the audience, which is something I would wish to achieve throughout his scenes. A comical element is shown throughout this scene. It is such a light-hearted contrast to the rest of the play, which can be very emotional. The confrontation between the Guard and Creon is certain to make the audience laugh and if I were to direct this confrontation, I would try to emphasise the humour as much as possible. ?? ?? ?? ?? Theatre Studies 8th November 2001 1 ...read more.

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