In what ways is Creon a foil to Oedipus?

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While Oedipus is rash, Creon is measured. Oedipus angers easily when Teiresias, the blind prophet, will not answer his questions as he investigates who killed Laius. He jumps to the conclusion that Teiresias has been working with his brother-in-law (and uncle), Creon, in order to secure the crown for Creon himself. When Oedipus confronts Creon with his suspicions, Creon presents a very calm and reasonable argument as to why he wouldn't want to be king in the first place. In his current position, brother to the queen and brother-in-law to the king, he enjoys lots of power and authority, but he doesn't have to bear the responsibilities of being king. He enjoys the privileges without having to make unpopular decisions or feel responsible for the welfare of the entire kingdom. Oedipus yells and storms, while Creon speaks rationally and coolly. In this way, Creon can be seen as even-tempered and cool making Oedipus appear all the more hot-headed and rash.