ADVANTAGES

CREON
We'll soon know better than seers could tell us.
My son, Antigone has been condemned to death.
Do you come here in anger for her fate?
or do you love me and support my action?

HAEMON
Father, I am your son and follow your path.
A marriage is not more important
than being guided by your wisdom.

CREON
Yes, Haemon, this should be the law for you.
Always obey your father's will.
Do not be lured by pleasure
to unseat your reason for a woman.
No wound is worse than a wicked wife.
Turn from this girl as an enemy
and let her find a husband in the world below.
I've found her openly rebelling.
Therefore I will have her killed.
If I permit disloyalty in my own house,
disorder will soon break out elsewhere.
I must be as just with my family
as I am with the whole state.
I cannot pardon violation of my laws
by one who would dictate to the ruler.
For the ruler of the city must be obeyed
in everything great or small, right or wrong;
but disobedience is the worst evil,
for it is what ruins the state,
confuses the people, and breaks up allies.
Most find contentment and safety in obeying.
Thus we must support the law
and not let ourselves be beaten by a woman.

ELDER THEBAN
I am old, but I think you've spoken wisely.

HAEMON
Father, the gods gave us reason, best of all.
I'm not skilled in showing
where you've spoken wrongly.
Yet it's my duty to notice what people say,
for they're frightened of you and say little.
Murmurs in secret lament for her,
saying no woman ever less deserved
to die so shamefully
for actions so admirable.
For she would not let her brother's body
lie unburied to be eaten by dogs or birds.
Does not such a woman deserve a reward?
I've heard this rumor spreading quietly.
Father, I value your welfare above all.
Don't think your word alone must be correct.
Whoever believes that only he is right
may be found empty when he is tested.
The wise are not ashamed to learn
and take care not to be too rigid.
Let go of your resentment;
allow yourself to change.
Though I'm younger, my advice may be sound.

THEBAN ELDER
If your son has spoken well, pay attention.
And Haemon, benefit from his words.
You both have spoken reasonably.

CREON
At my age am I to be taught how to behave
by one as young as he?

HAEMON
I urge you not to do wrong.
Judge me by my actions not my age.

CREON
Have you done well to honor a rebel?

HAEMON
I don't respect those who do wrong.

CREON
You don't think she is sick with that disease?

HAEMON
The citizens deny it.

CREON
Does Thebes order me how to rule?

HAEMON
Now you speak like one who is immature.

CREON
Am I to rule by another's judgment?

HAEMON
No city belongs to one man.

CREON
Custom gives it to the ruler.

HAEMON
You'd rule a desert well.

CREON
He seems to be on the woman's side.

HAEMON
... if you are a woman. I care about you.

CREON
You're not ashamed to quarrel with your father?

HAEMON
I must when I see you acting unjustly.

CREON
Am I unjust to respect my position?

HAEMON
Respect?!
You trample on religious obligations.

CREON
It's infamous to yield to a woman!

HAEMON
But I don't yield to something shameful.

CREON
Everything you say is for her.

HAEMON
And for you and me and the gods.

CREON
You shall not marry her in this life.

HAEMON
If she dies, it will not be alone.

CREON
Has it come to this?
Do you threaten me?

HAEMON
It's no threat, but your decree is useless.

CREON
You'll regret trying to teach me wisdom.

HAEMON
If you weren't my father,
I'd call you mad.

CREON
Don't flatter me, you woman's slave.

HAEMON
You like to make speeches,
but you don't listen.

CREON
Oh? By the gods you'll pay for taunting me.

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