Compare And Contrast Mamene And Antigone

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In this essay I will argue that while Ismene, La Malinche, and Masood are three figures that are to some extent reflections of each other in different points of time, they are at the same time very different from each other. I will show this by first briefly explaining the background of each of these three figures. Secondly, I will explain the characteristics that these figures displayed. I will then go on to compare and contrast each of these figures with each other.
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 can be punished alongside her sister.

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