Antigone Scene III

Scene III

Haemon, Creon’s son, endlessly asks for the release of his betrothed wife, Antigone. Contradictory of his beginning behavior toward his father, Haemon becomes more aggressive and bold in his desperation. It seems as though Haemon was trying to please his father before asking him the favor, because he praises his father by saying that “no marriage can mean more than his continuing wisdom,” depicting that he is trying to soften the man’s heart with a complimentary act that proceeds his true wish. Creon warns his son that he should not get so emotionally attached with Antigone because of the previous situation he was muddled with of Polyneices. Arguing over the life of this woman, Haemon firmly defends Antigonein the act of justice as Creon debates that she must die. Haemon finally comes to a conclusion that if she dies, “her death will cause another.” Creon, not understanding (yet, again, the king is very stubborn and does not listen to anyone else but himself) thinks of his son gone crazy and rebukes his son of his naive, but mature tone against him.

3 thoughts on “Antigone Scene III

  1. In the beginning of scene 3, the Choragus proclaims “Is it grief for Antigone that brings him here..” so i too was confused when Haemon told his father “I obey you”, but I assumed he was doing it to get on Creon’s good side before asking him to free Antigone. If his father truely meant more to him than Antigone he wouldn’t have challenged him by saying “you are not in a position to know everything.” Plus, because Creon doesn’t fully understand Haemon when he says “her death will cause another”, he believes Haemon’s promise is an “open threat” against him and that he’s an “adolescent fool.”

  2. when Haemon says that one death will cause another, Creon believes that the second death is a threat to himself but actually Haemon is threatening suicide. This displays Creon’s self-centred mind set that allows the reader to not feel sorry for him when bad things happen to creon. He is constantly warned of what will happen if he does not change his ruling and he thinks that everyone else is stupider than he is.

  3. I found this scene kind of ironic because Haemon basically tells Creon what is going to happen in the rest of the play. He specifically says that Antigone’s “death will cause another”, but of course, the stubborn old king refuses to listen. And what ends up happening? The exact thing that Haemon told his father and that Teiresias later predicts. If the king had just taken them seriously, three lives could have been saved.

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