Compare and contranst Antigone and Ismene.Compare and contrast Antigone and her sister Ismene, showing how the two contribute to the play and how Ismene is a foil character. Include specific scenes...

Compare and contranst Antigone and Ismene.

Compare and contrast Antigone and her sister Ismene, showing how the two contribute to the play and how Ismene is a foil character. Include specific scenes from the play to illustrate this.

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Ismene exists as a model of a conventional Greek woman, and in some ways almost a standard of correct behaviour against whom Antigone to be judged. In the first act of the play, Antigone and Ismene debate whether they should violate the decrees of Creon by burying their brother's body. Antigone argues that the natural laws of familial duty trump the mere human laws of Creon. Ismene argues that it is not a woman's place to rebel against the judgement of a king. The issue is complicated by the fact that burial and mourning were traditional female duties in Greek culture.

Ismene isĀ  far more concerned about making a good marriage and having children thanĀ  Antigone, and less concerned about broader political, moral, or religious questions.

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