Ismene is the daughter of Oedipus. In Sophocles “Antigone,” timid Ismena is opposed to her fearless sister: she did not find the strength to follow her father into exile, and she did not dare to violate the prohibition of King Creon to bury Polynicus. When Creon condemned Antigone to death, Ismena decided to share her fate, but Antigone did not accept this sacrifice: "You do not deserve death, you chose life." Ismena, unlike her sister, is weak and indecisive. She prefers to obey to those, who are powerful and have control of the country and people.
Ismene in the Essays