The character of Ismene contrast with Antigone’s archetype as Ismene represents a coward in comparison to Antigone’s heroine.
When Antigone and Ismene heard about the decision of King Creon that the dead body of Polyneices would not be given the right to be buried, they both have different views on it. On the one hand, Ismene felt sorry for Polyneices but was not that brave to disobey the commands of Creon. She put her hands down and was not in the favor of opposing the decision of the state. On the other hand, Antigone wanted to bury Polynieces as she wanted that the family should do the burial rights after the death. Creon didn't want Polynices' body to go through the privilege of burial because he considered Polynices as a traitor. Antigone's rebellion against Creon reflects the theme of the path of morality versus the path of civil law and order.