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Antigone Sophocles trilogy of Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone is a powerful tragic tale that examines the nature of human guilt fate and punishment Creon Oedipus uncle and brother-in-law is the storys most dynamic character His character experiences a drastic metamorphosis through the span of the three dramas Creons vision of a monarchs proper role his concept of and respect for justice as well as his respect for the design evolve considerably by the trilogys tragic conclusion In Oedipus the King OK the audience is introduced to a Creon who seems to put loyalty to the king above all He sympathizes with the tragic plight of King Oedipus and asserts no apparent ambition himself His attitude toward the king is one of yielding and fulfilling reverence Creons notion of justice in OK stems directly from the divine That which the gods have decreed must become law It pains Creon to have Oedipus exiled but he must do so as the gods have willed it Creons respect for divinity and prophecy seems to be his defining trait in OK His attitude is one of unquestioning reverence In Oedipus at Colonus OC one sees the beginning of Creons decline Creon has now come to occupy the throne that once belonged to Oedipus It soon becomes apparent that his vision of the proper role of a king has changed to accommodate his new-found position The emphasis shifts from that of a king who must rule wisely to one who must rule unyieldingly The kingship becomes a selfserving instrument for Creon in his attempt to secure the return of Oedipus and the good fortune prophesied to accompany him Creons notion of justice is severely distorted in OC He becomes monomaniacal - conducting his affairs with tyranny and belligerence For example he threatens to harm Oedipus daughters if the blind beggar does not return to Thebes His view of rightness and fairness is
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