Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

4. Compare and contrast Creon’s and Oedipus characteristics and behaviors. Examine their interactions early in the play and their final encounter.


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Creon seems like a much nicer guy than Oedipus. Creon lacks the ambition of Oedipus but he also isn't as aggressive or violent as Oedipus. In many ways, these two guys are character foils for each other. Creon is concerned about his people and is weary of offending the Gods. Oedipus really doesn't care about offending anyone, he is arrogant and quite a "jerk" to people close to him like Tireisias.