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What are some words that would describe Haemon from "Antigone?"

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vballqueen515 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2010 at 5:21 AM via web

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What are some words that would describe Haemon from "Antigone?"

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mstokes | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 15, 2010 at 6:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Haemon is Antigone's young fiancé and son to Creon. He appears only twice in the play. On  the first occassion, he is rejected by Antigone; in the second, he begs his father for Antigone's life. Haemon’s purpose in the play is to highlight the fact that Antigone has a life and a future outside her need to bury her brother. He also supports Antigone’s cause. "...I have heard them muttering and whispering in the dark about this girl. They say no woman has ever, so unreasonably, died so shameful a death for a generous act..."Haemon is loyal to  Creon, “you make things clear for me and I obey you” but disagrees with his father, and begs for Antigone’s life when he feels that his father is morally wrong. When Creon refuses his request he destroys any feelings of admiration and respect that Haemon has for him. He chooses to die rather than live without Antigone.

Words, therefore, that could be used to describe him are loyal, faithful, morally courageous and loving.

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