Frank Underwood Character Analysis

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The Netflix series House Of Cards and the main character Frank Underwood take advantage of the concerns of the public and use their power to achieve both self glory and along the way achieving great power. The question I present to you is, “Is Frank Underwood actually just a tyrant that leads to democratic complications and the evils that come along with it?” Drawing on Plato’s Republic, I will argue that Frank Underwood is a true tyrant due do his close relations with Thrasymachus and his definition of justice, and his relentless drive for power that takes advantage of the unnecessary appetites of the democracy and finally, I will conclude Frank Underwood is truly a tyrant because all his unlawful desires will only leave him in a state of …show more content…
In Plato’s Republic, Thrasymachus gives his definition of justice as, “Justice is nothing but the advantageous to the stronger”. Thrasymachus and Frank agree that in a way justice and power are more important that money and provide a leader with the opportunity to make and create laws with his self interest in mind. Thrasymachus view on justice was quite a tyrannical view in the book Plato’s Republic. Frank actions were that of a tyrant because he based his efforts on increasing his power within the White House while neglecting his responsibility to rule as a democratic leader and fulfill his responsibilities to his constituents. Drawing on Plato’s Republic, Frank’s actions were that of a tyrant because they were unlawful and the actions focused on achieving only his self-interest through power. The difficulty Frank faced throughout the show was the ability to act unjustly while appearing to be just to the public. A specific example from the show is Federal Emergency Management Agency and America Works his job program, he seized money from the F.E.M.A. fund to allocate that money …show more content…
In lecture and from the book, Socrates through questioning comes to the conclusion that the tyrant individual is the most enslaved of them all. This is caused by the relentless desire for power, which results in rebellions and terrible outcomes of the other people that cause for the tyrant to be on constant look out for rebellion and live in constant fear that he could be attacked. This relates to the show as Frank is in constant fear that either Peter Russo or other constituents will expose him and try to unseat him and end his career. Frank’s list of enemies throughout the show continues to grow, as they don’t like the way he is abusing his power as a tyrant in a democratic system. Frank deals with his enemies by either killing them off in the case of Peter or he enslaves them and makes sure they behave and follow his rule. This brings us to the question of how far will a tyrant truly go to achieve complete rule, will he actually alienate everyone in the progress? Frank was blinded by his own interests to actually see the opposition to his actions. His hostility in the 3rd season finale was foreshadowed by his prior actions towards his wife Claire. His actions drove his wife away and left him with nothing at the moment, leaving Frank as the tyrant living the worst of lives. In conclusion, Plato’s Republic reasoning behind a tyrant fall from glory matched Frank’s actions

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