Antigone Haemon Quotes

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We feel that Sophocles used Haemon as a character in Antigone, to help in conveying the feeling of sadness in the book by dying in it, mainly portrayed as the voice of the people and Antigone's Lover. Haemon's characteristics are that he is smart, respectful, loyal and great diplomatic skills. He loves Antigone because she's a brave women and sticks to her ethics and beliefs even when her life is at stake, why we say this is because if he didn't truly love her he would have turned away from her when she disobeyed his father (Creon-The king), and was sentenced to death by him, instead he was so loyal that he spoke to the king on her behalf. When he spoke to the king he didn't demand directly that he let Antigone free instead showed him how it…show more content…
Haemon states “Then she’ll die—and in her death kill someone else.” At this given point Creon refuses to change his mind because of his pride and honour that he believes he will lose by changing his decree. He says this in love because he doesn't want to live without her so he'll rather die with her. We believe he also states this in despair because it is the last possible way of getting his father's attention on this subject. His father says to him “are you so insolent you threaten me?” Haemon replies smartly by stating “where's the threat in challenging a bad decree”. Haemon essentially means that there is no hurt in him dying for something worthy, or when it's for a valid and just reason. There is a purpose to why he's dying, to get his father attention about how concerned he is about challenging his decree, if he doesn't die it means his father has repealed his verdict and if he does then maybe he'll get his father's attention on the subject. This in our opinion is a very loyal and smart move, perhaps even…show more content…
Creon didn’t have any respect for Antigone after the incident that took place in the Thebes, which is upsetting Haemon. Creon states to Haemon that he is “a slave to that woman” indicating that he is too prideful of this throne to think for a moment that his son could be right about the fact that all the people in the city think the same as him, instead Creon focuses on the fact that his son is no more in his favor and madly in love with Antigone. Haemon's tries to convince his father to repeal his decree by using the people of the city as the main force behind him to say that Haemon is speaking on her behalf, which is what every king meant to do, as a character it shows how smart and a great politician Haemon was and future king he could
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