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Ismene and Haimon Antigone the character is a tragic hero because we care about her Ismene and Haimon help us care about Antigone by making her feel worthy of loving And with out this her plan to bury her brother seems irrelevant to the reader because we can care less about her Ismene although weak and timid is in the story to illustrate that Antigone is capable of being loved We are only women We cannot fight with men Antigone Sophocles 881 Another reason Ismene is incorporated to Antigone is to show exactly strong-willed Antigone is Haimon is there to show that Antigone has a life and a future outside her purpose What else Haimon brings to the story is he makes Creon look like a fool but more importantly he validates Antigones cause So without Antigone having to live for she would have nothing to lose therefore her death would not be tragic The prologue juxtaposes the differences in character between Antigone and Ismene Ismene works of what is sensible while Antigone uses more emotion Antigone He is my brother And he is your brother too Talking about burying Polyneices Ismene But think of the danger Think what Creon will do Sophocles 881 In this part of the play we really see how strong Antigone is by witnessing just how feeble Ismene is Another example of this is when Antigone is talking to Ismene saying she is going to bury Polyneices no matter what Ismene replies that you cant Antigone then says well I will until my strength gives out Sophocles 882 Not only is Ismene weak but it she is also a law a biding citizen In scene two Ismene shows the viewers that she is still weak but also that Antigone is a hero because heroes must be loved And this is where we find that at least one person does But how could I
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