Ismene argues that it is hopeless to embark on a hopeless task. Antigone is furious.
Antigone is furious that her uncle Creon has given funeral honours to one of her brothers but not to the other. Creon has made the decision to leave Polynices unburied, unwept, and a feast for the birds. Antigone feels Creon has defied her and her sister and feels he has no right to keep her from her own blood. She wants Ismene to help her go against Creon's orders and bury their brother. And if she is killed for it, she will die an honourable death. She'll be happy to lie beside her brother whom she loves. Antigone belives they have only little time to please the living but all eternity to please the dead. She strongly believes it is her duty and she will be defying the laws of heaven to not even attempt to burry him.
Ismene argues she does not defy the laws of heaven ;but she cannot act against the state. She is to weak to go against her uncles orders. She cannot take the chance because she feels it is almost an impossible task. She is scared that the only outcome will be death. Ismene believes it is hopeless to try and fight against men who are much stronger than herself and Antigone is bound to fail.
I agree with Antigone. If I was in her position I would defiantly do something. I could not go on living if I just left my sibling to be eaten by birds and on the street for everyone to veiw. I wouldn't necessarily go right out and try to burry him myself. I would probably go to Creon first. I would explain to Creon my opinion and try to reason with him.