Haimon is supportive of his father’s idea at first, but as he begins to think it through, he begins to question it. He eventually agrees with it and begs his father to forgive Antigone for her actions.
2)What two things does Creon seem to fear the most?
Creon fears his authority being challenged by a woman, and his pride also being hurt by a woman, Antigone.
3)Haimon uses a metaphor of a leader as a tree in flood time. Explain how this metaphor demonstrates the main point of his arguments in regards to Antigone’s death sentence. The tree is Creon and his power. The flood is the people and the soon to happen death of Creon’s son and wife.
4)How does Creon react to Haimon’s speech?
Creon doesn’t care about what Haimon has to say and seems to be only concerned with himself. Creon doesn’t think others’ opinions matter. 0.
5)How does Haimon’s tone change over the course of the scene? In the beginning of the scene Haimon was respectful to his father and the decisions he made. As the story progresses Haimon loses that respect after he realizes that ending her life isn’t right, and has disbelief about how much hostility his father has towards Antigone.
6)What threat does Haimon make? How can this threat be interpreted? Haimon made a threat that Antigone’s death will cause another death, and in fact foreshadowed his own death.
7)What does Creon decide about Ismene?
He decides that Ismene had nothing to do with Antigone’s actions so he releases her.
8)How will Antigone’s death sentence be carried out?
Antigone was supposed to be hanged but she committed suicide.
9)According to Creon, how will this action absolve him of any of the guilt in Antigone’s death? (How will it solve the conflict of whether or not Antigone truly broke the “law”?) Creon believes that since he is the king he shouldn’t be defied; therefore, he mandates the edict thinking that nobody will defy it.