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Explain how you would perform the role of Haemon in order to gain the audience's sympathy for his situation

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Explain how you would perform the role of Haemon in order to gain the audience's sympathy for his situation At the beginning of the scene, I would perform the role by acting neutral and understanding; I'd adopt a stance of legs shoulder-width apart, arms loose by my sides, facing Creon. My face would show neither frown nor smile, being neutral again. This would show that I was prepared to accept Haemon's argument, without having much initial bias of the situation. This in turn would be done with the aim of gaining sympathy from the audience, as they would see Haemon as an understanding character. I would speak pleasantly, with a steady tone and pace, showing patience. I would also show respect with the phrase 'I know I am your son, Father', emphasising the word 'father'. This would remind the audience that Haemon is the son of Creon, and therefore should expect a certain degree of understanding from him. ...read more.

Middle

I would say 'But I sometimes hear people whisper' with a pause between 'but' and 'I', in order to detach my opinion form those which I am about to express, so as not to directly antagonise Creon. The audience would spot that here, and in the ensuing dialogue, I would be subtly attacking Creon's policy for its unjustness. I would speak the oblique attack on Creon with my palms open towards Creon and the audience, to symbolise that I would be speaking honestly and openly, and also so as not to be imposing upon the audience or Creon; the audience are far more likely to sympathise with an unimposing character. On the line 'let me beg you to have seconds thoughts', I would stress the word 'beg, and bend my knees and clasp my hands. I would not go right down to my knees, as this would appear too resigned and weak; rather, I would bend my knees so as to be ...read more.

Conclusion

When saying 'now you're the one who's speaking like a boy!' I would emphasise the word 'your', and the word 'boy'. This would highlight the fact that I would accuse Creon of being childish, but without resorting to extremes of volume or pitch; pace, volume and pitch would be controlled to show Haemon has a level head, unlike Creon. The audience will be better-disposed to a character who appears reasonable and controlled. From the line 'If you weren't my father', I would increase my pace and volume to reflect the heightened and heated state of the argument. I would also stress the word 'demented' in order to give a more dramatic effect, so that Creon is shown to be a character who is unlike Haemon; I would be acting controlled. The result of this would be that the audience feel disdain for Creon, and sympathy for Haemon, who is driven to frustration by Creon's obtuse attitude. ...read more.

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