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Discuss the role of Creon in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex.

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Creon, Oedipus's brother-in-law (and uncle, though they do not realize this connection until the end of the play), serves as a foil for Oedipus, the protagonist. A foil is a character who contrasts in some key way(s) with another character, helping to emphasize some important trait(s) of the other character, usually the protagonist. Creon's cool thoughtfulness emphasizes Oedipus's rashness; Creon's discretion emphasizes Oedipus's faulty and thoughtless bravado.

For example, when Creon returns from the oracle at Delphi, he suggests that they retire inside so that Creon can tell Oedipus what she said. However, Oedipus professes that he would rather hear Creon's news out in the open, and he doesn't think about any potential consequences of this. Later, he becomes so angry while speaking with Teiresias , the blind prophet, that...

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