Some people would say that Creon was kind of hard to get along with. Most famously, this king of Thebes had a big ol' showdown with his niece Antigone, the daughter of his sister Jocasta and her husband Oedipus. When Antigone defied Creon's decree that no one could bury her rebel brother, Polyneices, Creon had the girl buried alive in a tomb. (A little harsh, yeah?) This bad decision set off a chain of events that caused the death of not only Antigone, but also Creon's son, Haemon, and wife, Eurydice. Don't go thinking that Creon was some kind of ruthless, power-hungry tyrant, though. He only took the throne as a last resort. In fact, earlier in his career, he abdicated the throne twice—to Oedipus and to Oedipus' sons. Hmmm, maybe he had the right idea early on. It could be that Creon just wasn't cut out for politics.
|Nickname||Old sour puss|
|Occupation||King of Thebes|
|Education||The Zeus School of Kingliness|
|Political views||The law above all|
|Parents||Lycaethus or Menoeceus (Dad)
My dad's wife (Mom)
Menoeceus (Named after his granddad)
|Friends||Oedipus (well, until that whole controversy)|
|Enemies||Antigone (I told her not to touch that body, didn't I?)|
Theseus (He was very rude to me at Colonus and, according to some people, he even killed me in a war.)
|Relationship status||Married to Eurydice (not Orpheus' Eurydice, a different one.)|
|Interested in||I'm just too exhausted to be interested in anybody or anything.|
|Quotations||"'There must be some way out of here,' |
said the joker to the thief.
'There's too much confusion.
I can't get no relief.'"
– from "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
– Oscar Wilde
"I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow."
"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."
– Winston Churchill
"When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear."
– Mark Twain
|Books||All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren |
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
The Fall by Albert Camus
Henry V by William Shakespeare
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Sometimes I wish my life were more like this.)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
|Music||All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan |
Bad as Me by Tom Waits
Lonesome by Dr. Dog
Philander by Glen Hansard
Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars
The Wind by Zac Brown Band
All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan
Everything by Chopin (It's my thinking/being sad music.)
|Movies||The Dictator |
There Will Be Blood (So true... so, so true.)
The American President
Ted (It's just a dude thing.)
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (I was idealistic once, too.)
The King's Speech
Pet Sematary (See Antigone, sometimes it's a terrible idea to bury the dead.)
|TV Shows||The West Wing |
Anderson Cooper 360
Law and Order
Judge Joe Brown
Rubber duckies (Just because.)
|Activities||Dealing with my crazy relatives |
Enforcing law and order
|Groups||Kings of Thebes |
Anderson Cooper Fan Club
The International Society for Bran Muffins
Fans of Creon (only member)