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.