Essay on Oedipus vs. Creon

1166 Words Dec 10th, 2010 5 Pages
One City; Two Corrupt Leaders In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon exert similar characteristics as leaders that ultimately result in their characterization as tragic heroes. They take a similar course throughout their stories, which leads to a similar fate, resulting in tragedy. Both characters tried to revive a city in need, but in the process, the hubris they possessed got in the way. Both men had the chance to see that their actions would lead to a tragic ending, but neither one could see around their pride. Because of their tragic flaws, these two rulers caused great pain to themselves, their family and the people of Thebes. Although Oedipus and Creon ruled over Thebes at different times, the truth …show more content…
Creon’s determination to keep power blinded him from seeing his own fate, just as Oedipus had done. Creon never figured out that by putting Antigone to death, he would also be killing his son and his wife. Neither Oedipus nor Creon wants to show that they are weak leaders so they ironically empower their tragic flaws with what they think is right. Both characters’ overbearing determination caused them to take actions that would ultimately hurt the ones they were trying to protect. Even if they had taken a moment to look at what they were doing, neither leader could have done anything due to the fates they were meant to endure. Tiresias, a blind prophet, visited both Oedipus and Creon, and played a key part in the fate of both men. Oedipus sees Tiresias and is given news that angers him. Like the prophecy said, he had been raised by two people that were not his real parents, he had murdered his father, and he had married his mother. Oedipus did not want to believe this, but no matter how many times he denied it, his fate was inevitable and everything that Tiresias had said was true. Creon also sees Tiresias and reacts the same way that Oedipus did. Tiresias tells Creon that because of his dreadful actions, he will have to pay with his own flesh. Creon does not want to believe the things he has heard, just as Oedipus did not. And just as Oedipus could not, Creon could not control what would happen. His

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