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As Ismene I believe that Antigone was the last person to have a chance to prevent her death. Antigone broke a law knowing the penalty was death and then she hung herself. Antigone was well aware of the consequences that would ensue after her actions and she still persisted, she is responsible for the way everything ended. She compared herself to the Gods and considered herself a martyr. Antigone is the only one that could have prevented the tragic way the play ended.
Antigone knew that she would die for her actions and she had no remorse. On page 363 Antigone said, ” I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory.” Antigone was begged to not to bury Polynices and she refused to listen to reason. She was stubborn and did not care if she died. She was too set in her ways to care enough about anyone else to try and spare their feelings. She only saw her pain for losing a brother. She did not stop to think that Ismene had also lost two brothers. Creon had lost a son, Haemon lost a brother, and Eurydice lost a son. Antigone only saw her own pain and how it affected her own life. She never considered how her actions would impact the lives of so many others.
Antigone not only tried to glorify her death but she tried to gain sympathy for it. On page 386 the chorus tells Antigone, “Reverence asks some reverence in return- but attacks on power never go unchecked, not by the man who holds the reins of power. Your own blind will, your passion has destroyed you.” The Chorus of elders has now told Antigone that her death is her own fault. They tell her that she should have known that breaking a law never goes unpunished; Creon would not let anyone get away with this. Antigone ignores what the Chorus tells her and responds with “No one to weep for me, my friends, no wedding-song — they take me away in all my pain Ð the road lies open, waiting. Never again, the law forbids me to see the sacred eye of day. I am agony! No tears for the destiny thats mine, no loved one mourns my death.” Antigone completely ignores what the Chorus tells her and tries to get sympathy for her death. She also manages to leave out the fact that Haemon and Ismene will be mourning her death. Antigone never once even mentions Haemon and yet Haemon is so distraught over Antigones death he kills himself. Antigone completely disregards other people and their feelings, even when they care deeply about her.
Antigone also tries to exalt her actions by comparing her story to that of a gods. On page 385 Antigone speaks of Niobe, a goddess, and compares her story to Niobes. Niobe offended another God and therefore all of her children were killed. Zeus then turned the town of Thebes