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Creon

Extended Character Analysis

Creon features in each story of the Sophocles's Oedipus Trilogy: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Creon is Jocasta’s brother and Oedipus’s brother-in-law. Oedipus sends him to consult the oracle at Delphi in the hopes of bringing an end to the plague. Upon returning to the city of Thebes, Creon reluctantly tells Oedipus that for the plague to end, King Laius’s murderer must be found and brought to justice.

As the play progresses, Oedipus grows increasingly wary of Creon, coming to believe that Creon is plotting against him in a bid to take the throne. After Teiresias tells Oedipus what he will learn about his true identity, Oedipus assumes he is working for Creon. Creon takes these accusations seriously and retorts by saying that he is as much a Theban as anyone. He proves himself an honorable man when he logically explains that he has no desire to be king of Thebes.

Creon’s level-headedness serves as a contrast to Oedipus’s fiery temper. Creon logically refutes his brother-in-law’s...

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