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Sophocles trilogy of Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone is a powerfultragic tale that examines the nature of human guilt fate and punishment Creon Oedipusuncle and brother-in-law is the storys most dynamic character His character experiences adrastic metamorphosis through the span of the three dramas Creons vision of a monarchsproper role his concept of and respect for justice as well as his respect for the design evolveconsiderably by the trilogys tragic conclusionIn Oedipus the King OK the audience is introduced to a Creon who seems to put loyalty tothe king above all He sympathizes with the tragic plight of King Oedipus and asserts noapparent ambition himself His attitude toward the king is one of yielding and fulfillingreverence Creons notion of justice in OK stems directly from the divine That which the godshave decreed must become law It pains Creon to have Oedipus exiled but he must do so asthe gods have willed it Creons respect for divinity and prophecy seems to be his defining traitin OK His attitude is one of unquestioning reverenceIn Oedipus at Colonus OC one sees the beginning of Creons decline Creon has nowcome to occupy the throne that once belonged to Oedipus It soon becomes apparent that hisvision of the proper role of a king has changed to accommodate his new-found position Theemphasis shifts from that of a king who must rule wisely to one who must rule unyieldinglyThe kingship becomes a selfserving instrument for Creon in his attempt to secure the return ofOedipus and the good fortune prophesied to accompany him Creons notion of justice isseverely distorted in OC He becomes monomaniacal - conducting his affairs with tyranny andbelligerence For example he threatens to harm Oedipus daughters if the blind beggar doesnot return to Thebes His view of rightness and fairness is no longer in line with that of hissubjects In OC Creon still retains some respect for divine prophecies These have after allmotivated his desire to
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