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The Play reproduced by Jean Anouilh, Antigone, was first performed in 1942 Paris

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How the play Antigone was influenced by the historical period it was written in.

The Play 'Antigone' written by Jean Anouilh, in 1942, was not performed until 1944 in Paris. At this time Nazi's had control of France. The play was not allowed to go ahead as it showed sign of being anti-Nazi, but how far was this play influenced by the historical period it was written in?

In August 1942, Paul Collete, acting alone and in full knowledge of his certain death, fired at and wounded a group of directors during a meeting of the collaborationist group 'legion des Volontaires'. It is quite obvious, in the play that this solitary act inspired Anouilh and that throughout the play he shows support for this mans sacrifice through the character Antigone. He is said to have found this act 'heroic, gratuitous, and futile-captured the essence of tragedy' This is made all the more apparent as after hearing about this act he immediately ordered a rewrite of Antigone.

Throughout the play Antigone is shown opposing the regime for what she believes is right. This could be likened to standing against the Nazi's. As It was likely that if you

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