- Sister of Antigone, realises the importance of both the Oikos and following Nomos.
- Acts as a foil to Antigone
- Portrayed as the archetypal Greek woman: she follows moral code even if it goes against the family wishes
- 5th Century Athens would feel pathos and be inclined to like Ismene contrasting Antigones' revolutionary, almost manly portrayal
- Distraught from the death of her family: she equally wants them to be buried by is morally obliged not to do it: "No joy or pain has come my way"
- Logical enough to understand the moral Nomos - 'You'd bury him - when a law forbids the city' - Cannot compensate breaking the law even for her own family!
- Calls her sister out on her own harmartia: she is brave to do so because Antigone is so strong willed! "Why rush to extreme? It's madness, madness."
- Knows her place in the contemporary society, "We are women, we're not born to contend with men."
- She loves her sister, she just wants to protect the rest of her Oikos! "Look at the two of us, left so alone."
- Warning and Careful: "You're off on a hopeless quest."
- Loving: "you are truly dear to the ones who love you."