Haemon, someday you'll be king. A bad example such as allaowing a lawbreaker, especially a relative, to go free could affect your whole reign. A king's word is law. If his subjects think there are exceptions to these law, you'll have open rebellion on your hands. Am I not right?
But father, she is the girl I'm to marry
Yes, you're right, Father. But in this case the law is a bad one you must listen to people. Everyone is saying Antigone should be freed, that her stand is worthy of praise, that Polynices should have been buried.
And you would give your loyalty to these who rebel against the law of the state?
I give my loyalty to what is right.
And you believe Antigone is right?
You are wrong, Haemon
I am not!
You are wrong, father! Punishing Antigone will be your ruin!