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Compare and contrast Creon's and Oedipus' characteristics and behavior.

Original question: Compare and contrast Creon's and Oedipus characteristics and behavior. Examine their interactions early in the play and their final encounter.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM (Answer #1)

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In some ways, Creon is a foil to Oedipus, showing a sense of justice and compassion that Oedipus does not. We have evidence of Creon’s lack of ambition for kingship, and willingness to compromise only from his own speeches though.

Oedipus’ downfall is that when in power, he becomes arrogant, treating Tireisias in a high-handed manner, and suspecting Creon of being after the rulership of the city rather than merely concerned about the city’s welfare. Creon claims to be concerned only for the city, and appears more pious than Oedipus and more concerned with making sure that Thebes is not offending the gods.

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