Creon, now broken, finally acknowledges his misdeeds. Antigone was appalled by this order and buried the body anyway, ensuring her brother's soul would make it to the Underworld. Whereas in communal relationships they are characterized when responding to another needs or wellbeing over a period of time and do not require repayment for what they have done. Haemon appears twice in the play. The prophecy follows a theme of righteousness as it vows to punish Creon for his cruelty and atrocities. But Creon cannot hear his son's wisdom, continuously chiding him for caring more about a woman than him.
In Antigone, the gods punish Creon for enacting unjust laws. Following such events, the Chorus advises Creon to release Antigone and give her brother the honor of a proper burial. He explains how he made her parents miserable and how Oedipus, being unable to find the courage to imprison Polyneices, let him join the Argive army, only to return wishing death upon his father. Creon, already broken by Haemon's death, is forced to confront the suicide of his wife as well. Lesson Summary We have to hand it to Haemon for his rationality and composure in Sophocles' Antigone.
He continues to speak from the heart, trying to show his father that he is wrong but with the intention of helping him maintain control over his people. Creon, however, cannot take advice from his son, and the formal conversation breaks down into bickering and accusations. Usually, after a person has given into temptation once, that person will find each successive temptation easier and easier to give in to. Creon declares his decision of sparing Ismene and immuring Antigone inside a cave where she will starve to death. The Chorus frames the play with a prologue and epilogue, introducing the action and characters under the sign of fatality. Immediately, a second Messenger emerges to inform Creon that Eurydice has killed herself.
Ismene does not help to bury Polyneices, but tries to claim responsibility for the burial later so that she can die with Antigone. Read an Ismene - Blonde, full-figured, and radiantly beautiful, the laughing, talkative Ismene is the good girl of the family. Teiresias Teiresias, or Tiresias, is a blind prophet who warns Creon that the gods do not approve of his treatment of Polyneices' body or the punishment of Antigone. Eurydice, meanwhile, will atone for Antigone's death - she dies much like Antigone, cursing Creon to the end, abdicating any sense of his self-ascribed power. Creon has declared that Eteocles will be honored with burial since he was a defender of Thebes, while Polyneices' body is left to the vultures and dogs. Creon threatens to kill Antigone in front of his son.
In turn, Haemon kills himself with his own sword. She is torn between following her conscience or following the law. When a person gives into temptation, this is seen as a sign of weakness. Haemon, the son of Creon and future husband of Antigone, is not okay with this decision. But Antigone's argument for the power of unwritten, divine law is particularly cogent and seems to deny any attempts to impose a tragic flaw upon her.
Antigone picks up in the same uber-dismal place that leaves off. He calmly reasons with his father, making poignant arguments about the conflict, the idea of justice, and the gods. No longer stubborn or proud, he knows that he has brought about the deaths of his wife and son. Reminiscent of our friends Romeo and Juliet, Haemon takes his life, implying that Antigone was his world, his one true love. Antigone readily admits the crime.
Creon accuses him of accepting bribes. Ismene, Antigone's sister, is the first to mention their relationship when Creon announces that Antigone will be killed. Haemon, in a fit of rage, tried to attack his father with a sword. Creon does not keep a cool head, as a wise leader should, or look for a way to compromise. Then, Haemon no longer respects his father. Creon is so full of pride that he would assume an honorable counselor would accept a bribe before admitting that he may have made a mistake.
He too refuses the happiness that Creon offers him and follows Antigone to a tragic demise. A Messenger The Messenger reports the suicides of Antigone and Haemon to the Chorus and Eurydice. With his entrance, he first remarks that the Gods are dissatisfied with Creon, and mentions their unwillingness to accept prayers or sacrifices from the entirety Thebes, as he refused to give Polyneices a proper burial. When Creon locks her away in prison, she kills herself. Haemon, like Antigone, appeals to the higher law of the gods, but Creon sees Anarchy — which he personifies as a woman — as the greatest crime of all. Respectful Haemon is aware of his father's pride and anger and does not provoke him as he speaks. Is one relationship inherently more important than the other? Note that the chorus worries about Haemon's sudden departure, hinting that he may be angry enough to commit some violence.
Haemon is hardly satisfied with the outcome and soon departs. Creon is taken aback and threatens to kill Antigone in front of him. Her brothers Polyneices and Eteocles were casualties in a brutal war for power, each brother dying by the other's hand. Even when his father gets mad and starts yelling at him, Haemon does not yell back, threatening him only when Creon gives him no other option than the death of his bride. When confronted, Antigone admits to the crime without a hint of reluctance.