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Heroic leaders come in many odd shapes and forms As can be seen in 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 two characters of Oedipus and Antigone Although they are tragic heroic leaders they are able to maintain an integrity that is vital in a leader In comparing Oedipus and Antigone there is a similarity between them in terms of the main characters leadership in response to situations Antigone was a hero in the play Even though she directly disobeyed the orders of the king she did what she knew was right The right thing to do was to bury the body of her dead brother The gods did not save her because they knew what was to come By the death of Antigone it would allow Haemon to kill himself making Creon suffer more By the rules he has set he lived to regret making them Antigone knew that it would not matter what the king or anyone else said As long as it would please the immortals it would be correct By not burying the body of Polynices it would not allow his soul to pass to the underworld The Gods would not consider this good They wanted to seek vengeance on Creon Not only did he lose his son but also his wife took her own life within minutes of his son He received a double blow of sorrow What makes it even worse is that he would have to live with the agony of knowing that he caused them to commit suicide Antigone did this deed with the knowledge that she was to be killed if she disobeyed the law It was better to please the Gods and the souls of the dead than to have a good life on earth but doing the wrong things Her sister Ismene
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