Antigone Vs Ismene Essay

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Antigone Vs Ismene

³Antigone & Ismene² The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as
different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton. One is hard and
resistant; the otherpliable, absorbing and soft. Antigone would have been a strong,
successful 90ıs type woman with her liberated and strong attitude towards her femininity,
while Ismene seems to be a more dependent 1950ıs style woman. Antigone acts as a free
spirit, a defiant individual, while Ismene is content to recognize her own limitations and
her inferiority of being a woman. In the Greek tragedy ³Antigone², by Sophocles; Antigone
learns that King Creon has refused to give a proper burial for the slain Polyneices,
brother of Ismene and Antigone. Infuriated by this injustice, Antigone shares the tragic
news with Ismene. From her first response, ³No, I have heard nothing²(344). Ismene reveals
her passivity and helplessness in the light of Creonıs decree. Thus, from the start,
Ismene is characterized as traditionally ³feminine², a helpless woman that pays no mind to
political affairs. Doubting the wisdom of her sisters plan to break the law and bury
Polyneices, Ismene argues: We who are women should not contend with men; we who are weak
are ruled by the stronger, so that we must obey....(346) Once again Ismeneıs words clearly
state her weak, feminine character and helplessness within her own dimensions. Antigone,
not happy with her sisters response chides her sister for not participating in her crime
and for her passivity, saying, ³ Set your own life in order²(346). For Antigone, no law
could stand in the way of her strong consideration of her brotherıs spirit, not even the
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