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Leaders come in many odd shapes and forms As can be seen the characters of Sophocles Oedipus the King and Antigone Contained within these famous Greek tragedies one can see how leadership is fostered and the challenges encountered by the three characters of Oedipus Creon and Antigone Although they are tragic leaders they are able to maintain an integrity that is vital in a leader In comparing Oedipus Antigone and Creon there is a similarity between them in terms of the main characters leadership in response to situations In Oedipus the King the main character that displays leadership in response to a situation is Oedipus In this epic Oedipuss leadership is greatly noted especially upon our introduction of him and as the story progresses further His leadership is easily recognized as he took charge when the Chorus and the Priest asked for his help to rescue Thebes from the plague As a result Oedipus says In all my search I have found helpful course and that I have taken I have sent Creon Son of Menoikeus brother of the Queen to Delphi Apollos place of revelation to learn there if he can What act or pledge of mine may save the citySophocles pg 153 Once Creon returns with the message from the Oracle Oedipus springs into action when he says I make this proclamation to all Thebans If any man knows by whose hand Laios son of Labdakos met his death I direct that man to tell me everything no matter what he fears for having so long withheld it Let it stand as promised that no further trouble will come to him but he may leave the land in safety Moreover If anyone knows the murderer to be foreign let him not keep silent He shall have his reward from me However if he does conceal it if any man fearing for his friend or for himself disobeys this edict hear what
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