How effectively do the angry dialogues between Creon and Oedipus build tension and engage the audience?

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The angry dialogues between Oedipus and Creon are quite effective in building tension and engaging the audience. After Oedipus accuses Creon of trying to overthrow him, it becomes quite clear that Oedipus is not acting rationally. Oedipus jumps to the conclusion of wanting to have Creon killed for this accusation, despite the fact that Creon and the leader of the Chorus try to convince Oedipus that this is not true. Rather than trying to gain information, Oedipus's questions are rhetorical and full of accusation, which further builds suspense at what will happen next as Oedipus is steadfast in his beliefs. Oedipus's decision making is quick and irrational. It becomes clear that Oedipus considers himself to be untouchable, a point that is only carried on when Jocasta, Oedipus’s wife and Creon’s sister, interrupts Oedipus and Creon and scolds them for arguing. From here, it seems clear that their argument was childish and unwarranted, which engages the audience.

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