Oedipus Rex Characters at a Glance

Oedipus Rex key characters:

  • In Oedipus Rex, Creon is the brother of Laius; he brings back Apollo's prophecy that the murderer of King Laius must be exiled. Oedipus suspects that Creon is competing for the throne, but Creon denies this and acts with compassion after Oedipus is revealed to be the source of Thebes's woes.

  • Jocasta is Oedipus's wife and mother, as well as the mother to his children. She defends Creon and tries to shield Oedipus from his true identity; in the end, she kills herself.

  • Oedipus is the protagonist and the epitome of a tragic character as defined by Aristotle: he is the victim of a hereditary curse that leads him to kill his father and marry his own mother. Once he realizes his true identity, Oedipus blinds himself and goes into exile.

  • Teiresias is a blind prophet and servant of Apollo who reluctantly reveals that Oedipus is the murderer of Laius and foreshadows Oedipus's fate.

Character Analysis


Creon is the brother of Laius. Before the play begins Oedipus sent him on a mission to receive the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, and he returns...

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Jocasta is Oedipus's wife and mother; she is also the mother of his children. Her first entrance onstage occurs when Oedipus and Creon are in...

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Oedipus, the title character, is the protagonist of the play. His name means "swell-foot" or "swollen-foot." One of the most famous dramatic...

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Teiresias, a blind prophet and servant of Apollo, twice was asked by Oedipus to come to the palace to discuss the crisis in Thebes. In the...

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Other Characters

Chorus of Theban Elders
Unlike the chorus in Antigone, whose Ode on Man historically has been regarded as a model...

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