Lack of Character Development in Ismene

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  • He is my brother still, and yours; though you would have it otherwise, but I shall not abandon him.
  • What! Challenge Creon to his face?
  • Poor dear sister - let me suffer with you!
  • Save yourself. I shall not envy you.
  • Sister oh sister, why did you leave me!
  • Antigone attempts to enlist her sister Ismene into her plan to perform burial rights on her traitorous brother. From the very beginning of the scene a stark distinction is shown between the stubborn, strong willed Antigone and the weak minded, complacent Ismene.
  • This scene further explores the dependency of Ismene on others; she does not want to be in control of herself or her own life. She does not want her sister to part from her, wishing for a constant and distinguished force in her life.
  • At the end of the play, the reader is left wondering what happens to Creon and Ismene. One can predict that Ismene, being similar to her sister in being stuck in her own world, is distressed over her sister's death, and if she does not kill herself, then she would be living lost in a world of decisions and opinions she does not have the will to answer to.
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