She thinks everything of being in compliance with the ruler and the powers that be, and nothing of being obedient to the higher moral authority of the gods and to the ties of blood, friendship, and love. Creon, furious, orders the sentry to find the culprit or face death himself. The description fits Theban Princess Ismene's character, which is the opposite of her sister Antigo … ne's. The orchestra of the theater of Dionysus in Athens was about 60 feet in diameter. In the century-old story Antigone there is a huge conflict. Ismene abides by the law and does not help to bury the body. Ismene is emotional rather than passionate, more likely to plead for mercy than demand justice.
Since he is a citizen of Thebes, it would have been natural for the Thebans to bury him. Thus, from the start, Ismene is characterized as traditionally ³feminine², a helpless woman that pays no mind to political affairs. They are the daughters of the previous king, Oedipus. Specifically, Theban Princess Antigone appears older than her sister Ismene because she arranges the meeting and sets the topic of conve … rsation. Brutus takes his life rather than face the wrath of Caesar's nephew.
Ismene is continually in her sister's shadow. This role is highlighted in the end when Creon chooses to listen to Koryphaios' advice. To judge from her attitude towards authority and law, Antigone would probably take on any task to preserve family dignity and human justice. Was Antigone doing the right thing, standing up for her family and offering herself as a sacrifice? The pair get into plenty of trouble, and are alike and different in througout the story. Both characters are given advice, and in both cases, the advice is simply to listen to reason. .
Ismene is more practical ; knowing the task is impossible, she feels the situation to be hopeless. Ismene is very much like Antigone in in the fact that, she is also willing to die for her family members. Ismene is unlike Antigone in that she would not disobey the law to convey her beliefs. Ismene is unlike Antigone in that she would not disobey the law to convey her beliefs. Even though both sisters are willing to die for their family, they came to that conclusion in different ways. ³Let me stand beside you and do honor the dead² 358.
Imagine if you had just lost family members, were tired, grieving, and worried. This orientation tends towards reluctance to stand out in a crowd. She is constantly going her own direction. To begin our reading of Antigone, I am going to ask students to answer the following prompt: What is the role of fate in your life? So she takes someone at their first word and accepts no flip flopping. She accepts the status quo. Theban King Creon issues a decree that approves the burial of the loyal Theban dead from the recent armed struggle against the invaders from Argos and their Theban collaborators.
One is hard and resistant; the other: pliable, absorbing and soft. The two sisters were crushed by the vindictive Creon, yet they were winners in spirit, in their determination, they died together, as one. He is here warned that it is, but he defends it and insults the prophet of the Gods. Antigone doesn't have the … strength to do a below ground burial. As far as she's concerned, you don't change horses in mid stream. Unlike Antigone, Ismene seems paralyzed by her cultural identity as a woman. Creon honored only Eteocles but not Polyneices.
She se … es no possibility of getting away with breaking a law issued by an authority figure such as her uncle. It held as many as 16,000 citizens. They are the daughters of the previous king, Oedipus. She must be a woman, and play this role. She screams at the sight of her own shadow and can think of nothing other than avoiding the equivalent of a hollering or a spanking from her uncle, King Creon. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a strong one. She therefore does not want to b … reak his law of non-burial of the Theban dead by burying her brother Polyneices.
If Antigone had expressed her grief with Haimon, it is possible that he could have convinced his father to lift the law against burying Polyneices body. It also shows that Ismene is more of a follower, rather than a leader, because she later follows in Antigones footsteps and defies Creon. Although Jean Anouilh and Sophocles both create the character Antigone to be a spoiled, scrawny princess, they create different personas out of her. This shows that Ismene would share. But they contrast in their priorities and in their commitments. One theme that is present in both books is pride.