Oedipus Vs. Creon

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In the stories “Oedipus Tyrannus” and “Antigone” we learn about two leaders and their fall from greatness. In this essay we will try to decipher through their actions whom was the best leader between them. First we will outline and investigate the decisions made by Oedipus in “Oedipus Tyrannus.” Then we will outline and investigate the decisions made by Creon in “Antigone.” Lastly we will compare the two to finally decide who the better leader of Thebes was. When we first meet Oedipus he is being met by hoards of distressed townspeople. Like a good leader, Oedipus listens to the problems of his citizens and with the confidence only fit for a king, declares he will fix the problem. Oedipus actually seems like a very good leader in this setting. He is a leader full of compassion and justice. He is also very swift and is full of candor; something needed to ease the nerves of his townspeople. He vows to fix their problem and bring tough justice down on whoever the culprit is, even if it is someone close to him. All of these good characteristics of Oedipus in turn hurt him however. When the blind prophet Tiresias enters the play, he does not answer the questions that Oedipus has. Instead of being diplomatic, like a good leader, Oedipus instead chooses to use his swift candor to taunt the prophet. Tiresias tells Oedipus that all of Thebes will turn against him, and in his angry confusion, Oedipus begins to believe that Creon and Tiresias are plotting against him. Now that things aren’t working for him anymore Oedipus is led to confusion and anger. He believes as if something or someone is plotting against him. Only Jocasta, Oedipus’ wife, can talk him out of killing Creon. Once Jocasta explains how the former King, Laius, was killed Oedipus realizes that he is the murderer. In the last example of leadership of Oedipus we see that even though he was a

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