Haemon has learned that Creon has sentenced Antigone to death for her defiance, and he goes to Creon to try to persuade him to lift the sentence. Before he can get a word out, however, Creon guesses his purpose, saying:
My son, can it be that after hearing the final judgment concerning your betrothed, you have come in rage against your father? Or do I have your loyalty, act how I may?
Creon knows that his decision to execute Antigone is going to dismay his son, so he attempts to head off any arguments Haemon may make by demanding filial loyalty from him. He goes on to say:
This is the spirit you should maintain in your heart—to stand behind your father's will in all things . . . whomever the city may appoint, that man must be obeyed in matters small and great and in matters just and unjust. . . . There is no evil worse than disobedience.
By these words, Creon indicates that he is aware that his decision is, at the least, unfair, if not an outright injustice; but he argues that that shouldn't...
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