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In Antigone by Sophocles a wily Haimon attempts to persuade his father not to kill Antigone by subtly suggesting Creon to have reason and listen to others and metaphorically stating how being stubborn will come at a great cost In a sagacious manner Haimon tries to convince Creon that having more reason and hearing others opinions will help him by declaring Yet there are other men who can reason too and their opinions might be helpful You are not in a position to know everything 218 Instead of saying Creon has no reason at all Haimon is suggesting that Creon to listen to other peoples viewpoints as well as his own because even he cannot know everything If Haimon used will be instead of might be he would come off as brash and demanding which Creon would certainly be offended by By adding the word too Haimon is being clever because he is stating that Creon also has reason not just the other men He is using a tactic where he starts off only gently tugging at his ingenious sentences but near the end he starts to tug much harder to the point where he is on the borderline of importunate in order to make his statement clear In the beginning of his statement Creon uses softer words to ultimately cushion the blow of his final sentence so it does not sound as harsh as it would be to Creons ears In a cunning way to influence his father Haimon figuratively compares the difference between being stubborn and reasonable when he remarks In flood time you can see how some trees bend and because they bend even their twigs are safe while stubborn trees are torn up roots and all 219 Haimon is very smart because he is indirectly telling Creon that him being unreasonable will affect him in the future If he wasnt indirect
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