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In Sophocles' Antigone, when Antigone and Ismene are disagreeing about whether to bury the body of their brother Polyneices, Antigone defends her desire to bury the body by saying:
If you say this, you will be hateful to me,
and the dead will hate you always—justly.
But let me and my foolish plans suffer (95)
this terrible thing, for I shall succumb
to nothing so awful as a shameful death.
Both sisters are involved in two conflicting duties to family. On the one hand, women were supposed to be subordinate to men and obedient. On the other hand, they had religious responsibility for rituals concerning family and the dead. Ismene is focussed on obedience to the living and Antigone on obedience to the gods.
Antigone's character can be described as pious, loyal, and stubborn.
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