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Ismene’s Wedding

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Chantel Pomerville IB English, February 2001 World Literature Two Ismene's Wedding This paper is a continuation section of Jean Anouilh's Antigone. The setting is approximately one year after Antigone's death, in the city of Thebes. Creon was murdered by the masses, and Ismene has risen to the throne. She is in the process of finding a suitor. As of now, Diomedes, the prince of Corinth, is her primary suitor. He is kind, intelligent, skilled with a sword and equally skilled with words. Yet his words are deceptive, and fall upon an innocent, unsuspecting ear. Even his name means "Evil King". Secretly, he is planning to murder Ismene and become sole king of Thebes and Corinth, the first step towards the expansion of his fledgling kingdom. It is the eve of Ismene's wedding. In an attempt to imitate Anouilh's style, I have written a continuation of the play with characters that use common dialogue, and a Greek styled chorus to narrate the play. The chorus functions as an integral part of the play, both narrating and living as commoners in Thebes. ...read more.


DIOMEDES [with slight hesitation]: Of course, otherwise we would not be getting married tomorrow morning. You just need you rest. Come, I'll escort you to your room. ISMENE: I guess you are right. Nervous, who me? DIOMEDES: Now that's my Ismene, always the optimist. He takes her to her room [offstage], kisses her goodnight, and walks back to the throne room. He sits down in the chair and begins to smile. DIOMEDES [to himself]: Soon, this will all be mine. I won't have to listen to her constant chatter about my 'impulsive actions'. Tomorrow night on our honeymoon to Athens, I will leave to gather her flowers, being the loving husband I am. Tyrea will them come to our room, and kill her, and when I return, the spoiled brat will be forever out of my mind. Her kingdom will be in my hands, however. And then it is Piraeus, and then P�trai, and then Athens! He picks up her diary. "May 1st, May Day was a beautiful celebration. Flowers and lilies are everywhere; little children were dancing the May Pole. ...read more.


Voice 1: If you ask me, he looks like an overdressed bear. Voice 4: No, more like a rat. Voice 2: I'd say a wolf. DIOMEDES [turning to look at them]: Be quiet. I do not have time for the likes of you. This is not your wedding day. Voice 5 [mumbling]: Nor is it yours. Soft music begins to play as the wedding commences. Ah! Behold the splendor of Ismene! Always the beautiful child of Thebes. Time has turned her into a bloomed flower, and time will make her wilt as well. But no bother with that now, this is a day of joy, for the moment. The wedding vows have been exchanged, and the contract sealed and bound. They kiss. Ah, the sweet kiss of the serpent. The poison sinks deeper into the Lilly's veins, and she is wrapped in his hypnotic spell, along with all of Thebes. Ismene beams at the crowd of Thebans and Diomedes gives a quick smile. Her grabs her arm and leads her off to their carriage bound for Athens. He seats her, and then gives her another embrace. The carriage begins to pull away, and Nereus looks back during their kiss. A black hooded figure waves at the newly weds, and Nereus slyly smiles, and waves back... ...read more.

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