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Just as oil and water do not mix neither do Antigone and her sister Ismene Antigone a powerful and headstrong woman refuses to let the ideal gender-roles of the Greek society hold her down She rebels against the ideals of society in belief that her brother Polyneices should be delivered a proper burial Antigone remains powerful until the very end when she dies as a martyr out of a great love for her brother She is similar to the oil of the mixture in the sense that she uses her power to rise to the highest of her capabilities and dies as a heroic and glorious figure Ismene on the otherhand is like the water which has a greater potential of mixing and combining with things She mixes in with society by conforming to the laws and ideal beliefs Ismene who appears to be powerless is the complete opposite of Antigone Antigone is a powerful character because she refuses to yield to the laws of men As soon as she hears news that her brother Polyneices is to be denied a proper burial she bravely sets out to bury him with her own hands She asks Ismene for help but her powerless sister replies with No we should be sensible we are women unfit to battle men 74-75 Ismene is disturbed and saddened by the fact that Polyneices cannot be buried but feels that there is nothing she can do to change the plan of fate They are merely women and she believes that it is unwise to disobey the laws of society Ismene wants Antigone to keep her plan a secret but Antigone responds bravely that she wants it shouted and proclaimed She is ready to suffer for it and to die out of love for her brother 120 Antigones power also becomes evident when Creon condemns her When Creon asks Antigone if she buried Polyneices she does not deny anything and
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