Comparing Oedipus To Creon

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Oedipus and Creon contrast in a huge way in Oedipus Rex. They are both main characters with different standpoints and personalities. The interaction between Oedipus and Creon pointed out Oedipus’s tragic flaw and this lead to Oedipus’s exile. Oedipus was a very assertive and curious character. Creon contrast Oedipus because of his manipulative demeanor. In conversation with Tiresias Oedipus states, “Why not, then, tell me what will come anyway?” Oedipus is curious in this statement, proving my previous statement. “… wanders invisible, conquered by death? ...Next, was this seer in business at the time? …Did he say anything about me at that time?” These are all questions Oedipus asked to Creon. Creon is calmer than Oedipus, but he’s manipulative.…show more content…
The conversations between Oedipus and Creon displays Oedipus’s tragic flaw. His overall tragic flaw is his curiosity. “For whom, if he did not meet with you, did he say that the death of Laius was my work?” This was asked by Oedipus to Creon. He is making a mistake by asking this. Jocasta exclaims, “You now, free yourself from these matters…” She was telling Oedipus that his curiosity was going to cause a mess. Tragic heroes always have a tragic flaw. So, Oedipus is a tragic hero because of his tragic flaw: curiosity. The interactions between Oedipus, Creon, and Jocasta advanced the story significantly. Once Oedipus found out about the killing of his father and marrying of his mother, everything goes downhill. Jocasta hangs herself after finding out about her son also being her husband and her son killing her past husband. Oedipus finds her and gouges his eyes out. These events led up to Creon taking over as king and exiling Oedipus soon after his request to be exiled. The few interactions led up to the expulsion of the main character, Oedipus. Therefore, Oedipus and Creon contrast each other greatly. Oedipus is curious and Creon is manipulative. The conversations between Oedipus and Creon discovers Oedipus’s

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