Study Guide

Creon

  • Profile

    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)

  • Spotter's Guide

    You know, not a lot of people come around here asking for Creon. He's been pretty unpopular ever since he walled up his niece Antigone in a tomb. Well, really he wasn't too popular before that either. Everybody always thought of him as kind of a sneaky, bureaucratic politician. Still, he's totally worth talking to. He's seen some pretty crazy stuff, after all: the Sphinx attack, the plague, the Oedipus scandal, the civil war—chances are this guy has some stories to tell. If you want to set up a meeting with him, you'll have to call his office down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Middle-aged/old
    Build: Not so buff
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair Color: Brown
    Facial Hair: Beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: Crown of Thebes
    Clothing: Royal robes
    Armor: Not much of a warrior, but sometimes necessary
    Type of Weapon: Power of the state

    Typical Companions:

    Oedipus (Well, before the scandal broke)

    Known Hangouts:

    Thebes

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019

    Antigone by Sophocles

    When Creon declares that anyone who buries Polyneices' body will be killed, Antigone buries her brother anyway. Creon is still a little ticked off about how he's portrayed in this play.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Oedipus the King by Sophocles

    Oedipus accuses Creon of treason in this tragedy before the O-man finds out the horrible truth.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Phoenician Women by Euripides

    In this tragedy, the seer Tiresias tells Creon that he has to sacrifice his son, Menoeceus, in order to save Thebes. (Creon is more than a little unhappy about this.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

    Creon kidnaps Antigone and Ismene in this tragedy to try to win Oedipus' corpse for Thebes.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

    Fabulae by Hygenius

    This collection of myths includes an alternative version of Antigone's story, where she lives long enough to have a son by Haemon, until Creon finds out and causes tragedy all over again. This guy never learns.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

    Oedipus by Seneca

    The big deal Roman playwright puts his spin on the Sophocles original. It doesn't get any happier, that's for sure.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Antigone by Jean Anouilh

    This modern version of Sophocles' play was performed in Nazi-occupied Paris as a thinly-veiled protest against France's invaders.

    Dec 20, 1977

    The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona

    This play was a protest against South African apartheid, and it tells the story of two African men who rehearse Sophocles' Antigone while imprisoned for fighting for the rights of their people.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro

    This modern Chicano riff on Oedipus the King is set in a L.A. barrio and comes complete with a Chicano Creon.

    Dec 20, 2019

    These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

    Creon hits Antigone in the head with a hammer in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays. (Can we say harsh?)