Should Creon Remain King?

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The story of Antigone is written by Jean Anouilh. Upon her stay in Thebes, Antigone learns that both her brothers are dead. Eteocles has been given a proper burial, but Creon, Antigone’s uncle who has inherited the thrones, has issued a royal edict banning the burial of Polynecies, who is believed a traitor. Antigone defies the law, buries her brother, and is caught and put to death. Creon should not continue as king because he is not a very good leader, he is too stubborn and proud, believes in different laws and gods as his people. For instance, Creon was not a great leader that Thebes deserved. A good leader is someone who considers the impact of what he says and does on others. Creon makes all of his decisions on his own and would not admit that he is wrong. Creon wants the people to obey him and respect him, but he has not given them a reason to. The decisions that he makes are bad ones that hurt his people as well as his own reputation and family. It is only when he can’t take the suffering anymore that he is driven by grief, but still he will not give up his power. Another strong reason why Creon should not continue to be king is because he is too stubborn and proud to be a ruler. A good leader should know when to kneel down instead of trying to put everyone and everything under him. If Creon could have shown humbleness, generosity, and thoughtfulness he would have been a better leader who could have earned more respect and love from the citizens. Creon is to narrow minded and cannot appreciate problems from many different points of view. Creon’s weaknesses of excessive pride, cruelty and narrow vision eventually result in the death three innocent people and his terrible regret when he realizes that he has nothing left. Moreover, King Creon doesn't talk about the same types of gods and laws as his family and people. The
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