Comparing the Character of Kreon in Oedipus and Antigone
Kreon does not learn a lesson from Oedipus' accusatory behavior. Instead he adapts this bad personality trait. Throughout Antigone, he accuses everyone who tries to give him advice of betraying him. Where as, in Oedipus, he is falsely accused by Oedipus of trying to take over the throne. This paper will compare and contrast his behavior and evaluate if he learned anything from one play to the next.
Kreon was seen in a different context in Oedipus compared to his character in Antigone.
In Oedipus, he wanted nothing more than to help Oedipus rid the city of whatever plague the gods were hurling at them. Kreon goes to Apollo's shrine to find out why the gods are angry and then brings Tiresias to help Kreon see what has the gods angry. Oedipus does not want to believe the truths Tiresias is telling him and falsely accuses Kreon of plotting against him to become king of Thebes. Kreon is so hurt by this that he tells the chorus, "This accusation against me by our ruler Oedipus, It's outrageous.” By the end of the play, Kreon tells Oedipus that "I'm always as good as my word; I don't speak before I think."
In Antigone, Kreon becomes king of Thebes after Polynices and Eteocles commit fratricide in battle. Antigone commits her ‘crime of reverence' by burying Polynices after a direct order from Kreon dictating that everyone leave him on the ground, unburied. Kreon first accuses the council of elders of being stupid and old when they suggest that the gods were behind Polynices' burial. After this, he goes on a tirade against men who supposedly were not happy with his leadership and therefore paid off the watchmen to bury the body. Kreon blames the watchman of burying the body for money and the watchman tells him that, "It's terrible when false judgment guides the judge."
After the Watchman comes back and tells Kreon that they found Antigone burying Polynices' body a second time, Kreon accuses Antigone of breaking...