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by Sophocles

Ismene Timeline and Summary

  • Ismene and Antigone return to Thebes in order to try to prevent their brothers from killing each other. They are too late, however, and learn that their brothers are dead.
  • Antigone asks Ismene to help her illegally bury their brother Polyneices.
  • Ismene says she cannot act against the law and that she fears the consequences.
  • After Antigone acts alone and is caught, Ismene attempts to accept part of the blame. However, Antigone refuses to let her.