The son of Creon in Sophocles's tragedy Antigone is called Haemon. His name, like many others in Greek tragedy, and particularly in the royal house of Thebes, is significant. Haemon means blood, and this has two clear meanings within the context of the play. The first is that blood signifies consanguinity, the ties of family for which Antigone herself has such respect and which Creon disregards at his peril. Creon's own anguish at the end of the play shows how wrong his values were, since he still has his kingship but his wife and son are dead. He has learned in the hardest way possible how important his family was to him.
The other meaning of blood is the bloodshed that is an inevitable part of tragedy. In this case, Haemon himself dies opposing his father, for the love of Antigone, to whom he was betrothed. His mother, Eurydice, kills herself as she grieves for his death. Haemon, like Ismene, is one of the more reasonable characters in the play, caught up in the crisis caused by the stubbornness of Creon and Antigone. He tries to reason with his father, but, like everyone else who tries this approach, he is no match for Creon's obduracy.