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The personalities of the two sisters Antigone and Ismene are as different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton One is hard and resistant the other pliable absorbing and soft Antigone would have been a strong successful 90s type woman with her liberated and strong attitude towards her femininity while Ismene seems to be a more dependent 1950s style woman Antigone acts as a free spirit a defiant individual while Ismene is content to recognize her own limitations and her inferiority of being a woman In the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles Antigone learns that King Creon has refused to give a proper burial for the slain Polyneices brother of Ismene and Antigone Infuriated by this injustice Antigone shares the tragic news with Ismene From her first response No I have heard nothing344 Ismene reveals her passivity and helplessness in the light of Creons decree Thus from the start Ismene is characterized as traditionally feminine a helpless woman that pays no mind to political affairs Doubting the wisdom of her sisters plan to break the law and bury Polyneices Ismene argues We who are women should not contend with men we who are weak are ruled by the stronger so that we must obey346 Once again Ismenes words clearly state her weak feminine character and helplessness within her own dimensions Antigone not happy with her sisters response chides her sister for not participating in her crime and for her passivity saying Set your own life in
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