Essay about A Flawed Leader

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The Epitome of a Flawed Leader
A true ruler is a partner and an ally of the people. The title of an effective leader is only rewarded when there is an obvious effort shown to understand communicate with the people. A leader must take in regards the outward suggestions of his rule to govern a place in a way that is beneficial to its’ residents. In Sophocles’ play Antigone, which is a continuation of Oedipus Rex and the last play in the Oedipus Cycle, this regulation is ignored. In the play, the current king of Thebes, by default is Creon. This supposed righteous king is the source of the problems that arise in his country, mainly because he displays ignorance to the Thebans. His shortly fused temper and defensive nature proves to get the best of him. Additionally, he is a selfish ruler who is certain that the city belongs solely to him. Hubris, a flaw that is prevalent in many Greek Tragedies, influences many of the decisions he makes resulting in him ultimately not doing what is truly just, but what he feels will benefit him in the long run.
Many instances throughout the play are recurrent in which Creon reveals that he is not of sound mind and blatantly not fit to rule Thebes. Often, his reactions to disagreement and crisis are over the top and fueled by anger instead of an effort to reason with opposing forces or resolve urgent matters. When delivered news of anarchy, he does not attempt to get down to the root of corruption, yet is distracted an overwhelming desire to…

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