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Creon

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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.

Basic Information

Name

Creon

Nickname

Old sour puss

Sex

Male

Current city

Elysium

Work & Education

Occupation

King of Thebes

Education

The Zeus School of Kingliness

Beliefs

Political views

The law above all

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Lycaethus or Menoeceus (Dad)
My dad's wife (Mom)

Siblings

Jocasta

Children

Haemon
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.)

Relationships

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.

Favorites

TV Shows

The West Wing 
Anderson Cooper 360 
Law and Order 
Judge Joe Brown 

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."
– Voltaire

"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.) 
Henry V 
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.) 

Activities & Interests

Likes

C-SPAN 
Bran Muffins
Cuff links
Rubber duckies (Just because.)

Interests

Government
Law

Groups

Kings of Thebes
Anderson Cooper Fan Club 
The International Society for Bran Muffins 
Theban Party
Fans of Creon (only member)