Theme Of Courage In Antigone

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Courage can have its limitations. Limitations, which are present within Sophocles ' play "Antigone". A tale focused on the protagonist Antigone, who goes behind her uncle and king, Creon’s, back to bury her brother Polynices. Within the story, Antigone tried to enlist her sister, Ismene’s help. To which Ismene had refused on the basis that they were women and were in no place to stand up against the king or the law (1567). However, in the third part of the play when Creon accuses Ismene of being an accomplice to Antigone’s schemes; contrarily to Ismene’s previous words, Ismene chooses to stand by her sister’s side. Although Ismene’s actions within the play Antigone can be considered as complete cowardice; through another perspective it may be noted that Ismene is not entirely without courage
First, some find Ismene’s initial
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For instance, Ismene recalls, “You ought to realize we are only women, not meant in nature to fight against men...” (1567). By admitting to Antigone her own weaknesses, Ismene “confronts her own limit and does not back down” from them. (Honig 33) Rather she chooses to yield, to think the matter through, as she understands that “extravagant action is not sensible” (1567). Dean Barker points out that Antigone lacks “the ability to yield” that her sister, Ismene has (30). Because when Ismene tries to council Antigone, Antigone’s response was to say, “If you will talk like this I will loathe you...” (1568).
Second, the scene where Ismene stands by her sister, is an example of Ismene willing to forfeit her life for her only living family. Initially, Ismene may have refused to stand by her sister; however, at the threat of losing her, in order to stay with her sister, Ismene is willing to take partial blame. As Ismene confesses, “I did it, yes—if she will say I did it I bear my share in it, bear the guilt, too”
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