Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and complete the instruction that follows.

Am I to rule this land
at someone else’s whim or by myself?

A city which belongs to just one man
is no true city.

According to our laws,
does not the ruler own the city?

By yourself you’d make an excellent king
but in a desert.

It seems as if this boy
is fighting on the woman’s side.

Explain the rhetorical appeals that Haemon and Creon use in their arguments to one another.

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Haemon is trying to tell Creon that a good and just King, listens to his subjects. He wants Creon to spare the life of Antigone. Creon says only a weak king listens to the whims of his subjects. He wants to make an example out of Antigone.