What is a description of Creon in Oedipus Rex?

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In this play, Creon is seen as a noble man, doing his best to help his brother-in-law, Oedipus the king, and the city of Thebes. He is sent by Oedipus to the Oracle at Delphi to discover why the city is being plagued with disease. When he reports back to Oedipus that the gods require Oedipus to discover who murdered the old king, Laius, Oedipus thinks Creon is out to get the throne away from him.

Creon takes this very seriously and does his best throughout the play to show his innocence in the matter, and the fact that his only concern is for the welfare of the people - in other words, he is showing that he would, indeed, be a good leader.

At the end of the play, Creon does become the new king after Oedipus blinds himself upon discovering that he himself was the murderer of his own father, Laius, and that he had married and had children with his own mother, Jocasta. Creon treats Oedipus with respect and compassion through it all.

Creon can be described as trustworthy, loyal, a good leader, compassionate, honest, and brave.

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