The story of “Antigone” by Sophocles takes place after the
banishment of Oedipus when his two boys Polyneices and Eteocles killing each other in a battle over the thrown. This causes a disruption of emotions and personalities which causes them to change; Whether it is absolute willpower, stubbornness, and the act of protection. We can find many of these changes in Ismene and the other characters.
We see Ismene’s intentions is the beginning of the of the play when Antigone asks for help with something that is deemed forbidden.
Ismene:Bethink thee, sister, of our
father’s fate, Abhorred, dishonored,
self-convinced of sin, Blinded himself
his Executioner… (Sophocles 1237)
Ismene:Bethink thee, sister, we are
left alone; Shall we not perish
wretchedest of all if in defiance of
the law we cross a monarch 's will(Sophocles 1237).
Ismene wishes only for the best outcome for her sister. The word wretchedest in the following quote shows that Ismene doesn’t want herself or her sister to be in the worst state in their life. Ismene knows that if Antigone goes on to bury...
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