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Why Did Lsmene Not Support Antigone? Ismene - English Language

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Read the following passage carefully and answer the question:

Antigone was one of the daughters of Oedipus, that tragic figure of male power who had been cursed by Gods for mistakenly his father and subsequently marrying his mother and assuming the throne of Thebes. After the death of Oedipus, civil war broke out and a battle was waged in front of the seventh gate of Thebes his two sons led opposing factions and at the height of the battle fought and killed each other. Oedipus brother Creon, uncle of Antigone, was now undisputed master of the city. Creon resolved to make an example of the brother who had fought against him, Polynices, by refusing the right of honourable burial. The penalty of death was promulgated against any who would defy this order.

Antigone was distraught. Polynices had been left unburied, unwept, a feast of flesh for keen eyed carrion birds. Antigone asks her sister Ismene, for it was a challenge to her royal blood. Now it is time to show whether or not you are worthy of your royal blood is be 'not my brother and yours? Whether you like it or not? I shall never desert him-never. But Simone responds, “How could you dare-when Creon has expressly forbidden it? Antigone, we are women, it is not for us to fight against men". With a touch of bitterness, Antigone releases her sister from the obligation to help her. but argues she cannot shrug off the burden. "if I die for it what happiness! Live,..if you will live, and defy the holiest of laws of heaven".

Why did Ismene not support Antigone? Ismene

Options

  • was weak and did not have the courage to defy orders of the powerful king.

  • did not consider it right to defy the king

  • did not think it fit to defy her uncle especially after the death of her father

  • did not believe that Polynices deserved better treatment

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Solution

was weak and did not have the courage to defy orders of the powerful king.

Explanation:

Responding to her sister Ismene says, 'How could  you dare, when Creon has expressly forbidden it?'  Therefore the option is the clear choice that Ismene was weak and did not have the courage to defy orders of the powerful king. 

Concept: Comprehension Passages (Entrance Exams)
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