Antigone: Ismene

Antigone: Ismene
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  • Character Ethics -Believes she should follow the law -Doesn't like to get in trouble -Stands up for her family only when neccasary
  • Character Actions •Wise: To not get involved with a plan her sister makes that could get them both executed •Unwise: Offering to die with her sister, even though she refused to break the rules.
  • Character Motivation • Pros- She wants to honor her brother since he is her family, and its what the gods would want. -She wants to help her sister, and does not want her to go out on her own. •Cons- She would be going against Creon's decree. - She would most likely be killed and not buried the way the greeks believe has to be done.
  • •Character effects- She leaves Antigone alone to bury their brother which ends in her death. She feels guilty for not helping and offers to die as well. Ismene's actions upset Creon when he realizes that his family is working against him. •Words- Helpless because she does not think about doing the right thing by a moral compass •The time period has a significant impact since during the time period, worshiping any gods and having kings was a popular way of life. It was also common for people to kill themselves in bad situations, which happens twice in this story.
  • Character's unspoken words •Ismene does not say it, but she is afraid to do what she believes in and sticks to the rules. when she finally finds the courage to speak up for her family, Her sister, Antigone, will not allow her too be associated with burying their brother.
  • •Ismene is a flat character. All we know is that she is Antigone's sister, she follows Creon's law, she tris to say she did something she did not do, and she is takes back saying she did it when she is almost sentenced to death. • The author thinks that ismene is somewhat of a coward for not helping her sister bury her brother. She is also a liar for trying to take credit for burying the body with her sister even though in the beginning she had refused to.
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