Character Study: Haemon

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  • Haemon
    • Prince of Thebes, Creon's Son and Antigone's fiance.
    • Portrayed as the foil to Creon's character
    • Haemon Scene
      • Respectful and self-aware of own status
        • "Father, I'm your son (...) I obey you."
        • "I haven't the skill (...) to tell you when, if ever, you make a slip in speech..though someone else might have a good suggestion."
        • "look less to my years and more to what I do"
      • Flattery = Good orator.
        • "Nothing more precious to me in the world"
      • Acts as a voice of the people
        • "'She deserves a glowing crown of gold' - so they say"
      • Generational: hints at Creon's harmatia
        • "You've soon the trees by a raging winter torrent (...) but not the stubborn - they're ripped out, roots and all."
          • Natural Imagery
      • Passionate: he is in love with Antigone
        • "Then she will die..but her death will kill another."
      • Loses patience at Creon's stubborness
        • "Rage your heart out, rage with friends who can stand the sight of you."
      • Rational and Honest
        • "I see my father offending justice - wrong."
      • Turning Point - Creon gets support from Chorus on fighting the 'woman's side'
    • Messenger's Report of Death
      • Passionate for Antigone; almost to the point of hysteria. He is in love and is a deeply grieved by her death
        • "his arms flung around her waist, clinging to her, wailing for his bride"
      • Almost treats it as a game, something to be won over Creon. To prove his manlihood?
        • "He has won his bride at last, poor boy."
      • Hot-Headed Temper to kill himself contrasting his rationality in previous scenes
        • "Haemon lunged and missed! and then, doomed, desperate with himself, suddenly leaning his full weight on the blade, he buried it in his body, halfway to the hilt."

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