Creon

Calm and wise 

Creon is Oedipus' brother-in-law and Jocasta's brother in Sophocles’ play Oedipus The King. Therefore, he belongs to the royal house in Thebes. Only later does it become clear that he is also Oedipus' uncle. Creon is an ally of the royal family and carries out orders on behalf of Oedipus and in the interest of the city of Thebes. For example, he travels to Delphi to ask the oracle for advice: "[...] So I have sent away my brother-in-law, son of Menoeceus, Creon, to Pythian Apollo’s shrine, to learn from him what I might do or say to save our city." (ll. 81-84.). 

Creon says of himself that it is more important to him to act like a ruler than to be one. This shows that he is quite content with the role he has been given by the palace. He stands well with everyone, is recognized, and assumes his post "without the fear" of the ruling king (l. 713). 

Faced with the abundance of accusations that Oedipus brings against him, Creon shows an astonishing composure and calm. He argues matter-of-factly and logically to refute his brother-in-law's accusations: "Will you listen to me? It’s your turn now to hear me make a suitable response. Once you know, then judge me for yourself."(l. 652-653). 

Creon is act...

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