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In Episode 3, Haemon uses a tree metaphor to counsel his father.

You've seen trees by a raging winter torrent, how many sway with the flood and salvage every twig, but not the stubborn -- they're ripped out, roots and all. Bend or break.

This metaphor most nearly means that

A

the citizens of Thebes are like trees caught in the raging torrent of Creon's war with Antigone. Creon should relent and release Antigone to bring peace to Thebes.

B

Creon's family are the trees caught between him and Antigone. Creon should release Antigone to Haemon to restore peace to his family.

C

Creon is the stubborn tree. He needs to relent and be flexible or he will find himself torn asunder like a tree in the raging torrent of public and divine outrage.

D

Creon is the tree that "sway(s) with the flood and salvage(s) every twig..." He needs to be more authoritative or he will lose the respect of the people of Thebes.

E

Antigone is the stubborn tree caught in the torrent of Creon's anger. Creon needs to relent and be more flexible to teach Antigone a lesson so that neither she, Creon, nor Thebes is "ripped out -- roots and all."

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