Antigone Character Analysis Of Haemon By Creon

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“Father, I’m yours,” (720) begins Haemon, and with a solemn oath of loyalty to his father, contributes his own spoke to the wheel of fate set in motion by Creon. Haemon loves his dad but he also loves antigone he don’t go to antigone’s side at first he is defending both sides. Haemon tries to tell his father that if he has Antigone killed then there will be another death Creon tries to make that about him but really haemon kills himself. Haemon’s love for his father is slowly turned into hatred as he recognizes that Creon’s anger comes from selfishness and fear, not concern for the laws of the gods or the well-being of Thebes.

Haemon’s approach to Creon is indirect: he does not immediately jump to Antigone’s defense, but reminds his father of his debt to the gods, “the gods instill good sense in men” (776) but still professes love for his father above all things: “I could not find your words somehow not
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“You’ll never marry her while she’s alive,” blusters Creon, to which Haemon retorts: “Then she’ll die and in her death kill someone else” (859). Haemon means he will commit suicide, but Creon interprets this as Haemon’s threat to kill him. While Haemon’s efforts to establish ethos with his father his unquestioning love and his loyalty are a promising first step towards making Creon listen to him, this approach is ineffective as Creon is unable to see beyond his own selfish paranoia in the matter of Antigone, and Haemon is unable to reach his father through logical arguments. In the end, even the Chorus Leader doubts that any good will come of Creon’s “iron will:” “He’s angry [Haemon] in a young man at his age/ the mind turns bitter when he’s feeling hurt” (878-79). The second Ode is the turning point in the play, where the Chorus sings of how loyalty (to the law) and love (to one’s lover and family) are

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