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Antigone and Ismene are were given the same opportunity for redemption. If this play is looked at from a contextual point a view, we could say that the respect for the Gods and afterlife was the number one priority. During the first scene of the play Antigone, we see the character differences of Antigone and Ismene as they take different stances on what to do about polyneceis. Antigone and Ismene have different motivations for their actions in life, which come from their value of human life or the afterlife. Citatiation : Antigone: There it is, and now you can prove what you are: a true sister, or a traitor to your family. Ismene: Bury him! You have just said the new law forbids it. Citation Antigone: I say that this crime…show more content…
"I too have a duty that I must discharge to the dead" (886). There is a new fear of what will happen to her in the afterlife, as opposed to what will happen to her in the present, which shows us that Ismene is now acting only in reaction to what she believes she should fear the most. Her fears dictate her actions at this point, which contrasts with Antigone's steadfast nature and makes her perceived as courageous and noble for burying her brother while being aware of the consequences of her decisions. "I should have praise and honor for what I have done" (885). Antigone is standing up to the king by challenging his authority. She has no doubts about her stand point. When Antigone is questioned by the King again, she doesn't deny any of her actions; regardless of the power her uncle has over the preservation of her life. "Never the less, there are honours due all the dead" (886). She believes that her actions were just and willingly accepts the consequences, as her conversation corners king Creon causing him cursing Antigone "if you must have your love, Find it in Hell!" (886). She stands strong against King Creon because she holds such strong convictions for her beliefs, and unlike her sister Ismene, would not be swayed by fear of punishment, or even death. The strong convictions towards the afterlife are easily

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