Antigone Character Analysis

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In this essay I will argue that Ismene, La Malinche, and Masood are all three reflections of one another in some ways and that they all can teach us lessons about negotiating with and understanding other cultures. I will show this by briefly explaining the events these characters faced when dealing with the different; then I will explain how all of these characters relate to each other by showing the similarities and differences in how they negotiated and related to the other cultures they encountered.
Ismene, a character from Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, is the sister of the play’s main protagonist Antigone. Ismene is sought out by Antigone, who is requesting her assistance in burying their deceased brother, Polyneices. Polyneices was slain alongside Eteocles, their other brother when the former rebelled against the kingship of the latter. Their uncle Creon who is now the king decreed that the body of Polyneices is to be left unburied (Antigone, 3-4). Ismene responds to her sister, telling her that she is reckless for wanting to defy the law and states that women are not made to fight with men who are stronger (Antigone, 5). Furthermore Ismene states that she too weak to go against the cities’ will and refuses to take part in Antigone’s plans (Antigone, 5-6). Later after Antigone has succeeded in her quest, Ismene is questioned and scolded by Creon who is asking whether or not she played a role in Antigone’s actions. She tries to share the blame with Antigone so that she

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