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Antigones

Oh Antigones hurts my brain. Did anyone else have serious problems with this text? I feel like I must be missing a deeper or more intense conveyance of what Steiner is talking about but for the life of me can't find it. It seems to me that other than recapping the story and relating translating difficulties all he says is what Dr. Sexson said before we even saw the book. That there are 5 constant and not negotiable conflicts, men and women, old and young, individual and state, the living and the dead and mortals and gods. Am I missing a deeper understanding because of the quick naps I have to take between paragraphs or is the answer more philosophical, that Dr. Sexson is getting us to understand that because of my personal age difference with the writer the conflict of this reading is the speech that is not negotiably undecipherable?

Help!

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