Ismene definitely seems hasty in her acceptance of personal weakness.
The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton.
One is hard and resistant; the other: pliable, absorbing and soft.
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 obey….(346)Once again Ismene’s words clearly state her weak, feminine character and helplessness within her own dimensions.
Antigone makes a rather contrasting statement, “Not for my children, had I been a mother, Not for a husband, for his moldering body, Would i have set myself against the city As I have done”(368) These words defy rational explanation.
To judge from her attitude towards authority and law, Antigone would probably take on any task to preserve family dignity and human justice.She knew that Creon was doing wrong by giving preference to Eteocles.Antigone's beliefs were so strong that she went against Creon's orders.Ismene, Antigone's sister, thought that she was mad.Although she loved her brothers very much, she knew that disobeying Creon's rules was going to bring consequences.Proper burial of the dead was, according to the Greeks, prerequisite for the souls entrance into a permanent home.Therefore, perhaps Ismene is also foolish for her quick refusal to help Antigone perform the duty of Polyneices proper burial.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.Ismene is more practical ; knowing the task is impossible, she feels the situation to be hopeless.It is a wonder, which of the two sisters are really guilty of these chronic charges.