Oedipus Rex

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John Luscy
September 13, 2010
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In the story Oedipus Rex, Sophocles portrays two certain characters as leaders. Both of these characters have the potential to be the leader of Thebes and eventually both of them are the leaders of Thebes. They both show leadership qualities that make them great leaders. One of them has more qualities than the other.

The first leader of Oedipus Rex was Oedipus himself. He was the king of Thebes at the beginning of the story. The biggest leadership quality that Oedipus has and the reason that he is the king is bravery. In the prologue, the story tells that Oedipus got rid of the sphinx that was killing whomever it was coming across in the land. Besides showing bravery in accomplishing this feat, it also shows intellect on the part of Oedipus because he figured out the answer to the sphinx’s riddle. Another part of the prologue where Oedipus shows a leadership quality is when the citizens of Thebes come to him to consult Apollo about why the plague has come upon them. Oedipus had already sent Kreon to the oracle to consult Apollo long before the citizens come forth. This shows that he takes charge and acts when he knows that he must. When Kreon returns he wants to tell Oedipus what the oracle told him but Oedipus wanted Kreon to say it in front of the citizens so that they all can hear. He did this because he knew that the citizens wanted to know why the plague had come over their land. He also cared about them so he believed that they deserved to know why Apollo put the curse upon them.Oedipus tells the citizens that their burden is his burden and that their suffering makes him suffer. He is showing his affection towards them.

The other person that Sophocles portrays as a great leader is Kreon. Kreon is the queens brother in the story which makes him Oedipus’ brother in law. Kreon is the leader who will always consult the gods before making conclusions or making decisions. He admires tradition and...
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