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Youve seen trees by a raging winter torrenthow many sway with the flood and salvage every twigbut not the stubborn -- theyre ripped out roots and allCreon is angered at the disobedience of Antigone She buried her brother although she knew of Creons disapproval and of the cruel punishment which awaited anyone who broke the law Still she defied Creon and broke a law that was made publically Her direct disobedience enrages him not only because she disobeyed but also because she denounces his law as incorrect and invalid Now Haemon is caught between father and fianc Haemon loves them both and his sincerity is apparent in this passage He is not wishing his father any harm but tries instead to reason with him Creons blindness to understand and except his weaknesses and mistakes is his downfall And Haemon in his youth and inexperience demonstrates more knowledge and wisdom than his father the King who is blinded by anger at his power being questioned If one explores the trees symbolism we might see it as a creation of nature And the raging winter torrent can represent the Gods First off the tree is a creation of nature just as humans are a creation of the gods therefore the gods are constantly challenging that which they have created The fact that some trees bend and others break demonstrates the facts that some people pass the difficult tests of life while others those unwilling to be flexible are destroyed or uprooted The word salvage connotes the act of saving making the feat even more commendable for the tree that swayed with the flood The surviving of every twig again alludes to the fact that one man can either destroy or save those who are part of him And Creon is clearly unwilling to see past the anger which he feels for his wisdom being challenger by a women and now by his own sonHere now is the
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