Compare Creon and Haemon from the assigned reading in Antigone: chorus singing, strophe 1, Creon: “I will take her.” Include quoted examples from the play.  

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After the choral ode, Creon and Haemon each have a substantial speech, followed by stichomythia in which Haemon's opposition to his father grows increasingly heated and Creon, as the audience has come to expect by this time, remains absolutely obdurate. At first, Haemon seems to be obedient to Creon, saying,

No marriage shall be deemed by me a greater gain than thy good guidance.*

Creon praises his son and proceeds to lecture him in a rather self-satisfied manner about the importance of filial duty. However, it is soon apparent that Haemon has only adopted this conciliatory approach in the hope of persuading his father to relent. When it becomes clear that Creon has no intention of changing his mind, Haemon shows that he can be just as stubborn as his father. He also makes some caustic comments on Creon's ability as a ruler. When Creon, having ridiculed the idea that he should take advice from a boy or from the citizens of Thebes, asks,

Shall Thebes prescribe to me how I must rule?

Haemon responds,

See, there thou hast spoken like a youth indeed.

He then says that Creon would "make a good monarch of a desert," highlighting his lack of consideration for those he governs.

Haemon concludes the argument by saying that Creon will never see him again. The leader of the chorus attributes this "angry haste" to Haemon's youth, but in fact, Haemon has simply shown himself to be his father's son, differing mainly in his attempt to employ a more tactful approach before revealing the extent of his obduracy. Haemon has already observed that if being inconsiderate and hotheaded are signs of youth, then Creon appears to have remained young.

*All quotations are from R. C. Jebb's translation, available on the MIT website and attached below.

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