The Character Of Ismene In Antigone By Sophocles

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Ismene is a character in the play “Antigone”, written by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. She is the daughter/sister of Oedipus. Her sister is known as Antigone, and she also had two brothers by the names of Polyneices and Eteocles. Ismene plays an important role in this particular play. Antigone pleads Ismene to help her bury their brother Polyneices, who has just been recently killed, but Ismene refuses to help her sister to stay out of trouble. Ismene fears that the king of Thebes, Creon, would catch them. She decides to obey Creon’s laws and not go through with helping her sister. Ismene has several outstanding traits, motives, and gets treated differently by other characters in the play.
Ismene has numerous characteristics that make her unique. She is portrayed as being an extremely beautiful young lady with blonde hair whom everyone seems to love. She is also the foil of Antigone in this play; which means that she is the complete
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Antigone feels as if Ismene is betraying her and their family since she will not consent to help her bury their brother. Towards the end of the play, Ismene changes her mind and tries to claim that she helped Antigone bury Polyneices so that she can die with her sister. Antigone became furious, “Don’t try to share my death or make a claim to actions which you did not do. I’ll die, and that will be enough” (Sophocles 625). Antigone is upset that Ismene wouldn’t help her in the first place, but she wants to take the blame now. She feels as if Ismene has been disloyal to her and their family; therefore, she does not forgive Ismene for what she has done. This is considered a symbol from when Ismene denied Antigone. Now Antigone is denying Ismene. On the other hand, Creon adores Ismene for staying true to him and his rules. Creon realizes that she was very obedient and appreciates that. At the end of the play, he decides to spare Ismene instead of killing her with
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