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Pentheus And Creon Character Analysis

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An effective leader is one that can lead their country into success even if they have to make tough decisions that the citizens wouldn’t like. The traits of Creon and Pentheus are what make both of them ineffective leaders to their cities. These traits that both have are they’re both narrow-minded, Authoritative, and strict. Both characters use their traits along with creating examples of others in order to ascend in the divine ascent. They put themselves in an authoritative state because of their love for power with turns out to be their fatal flaw. Creon has traits such as being narrow minded, authoritative and strict in order to show his authority in Thebes. He uses both Antigone and Eteocles as examples for his lust for power by not burying…show more content…
Both Sophocles’ Antigone and Avid’s metamorphoses show the lust for power that both these characters have that cause to be ineffective leaders in the city of Thebes. Plato’s Symposium supports this case while showing how these characters attempt to ascend to the next level in the divine ascent in their own ways. Creon and Pentheus both contain the trait of being narrow-minded in similar ways. Creon shows the trait of being narrow-minded in several ways including the main plot of the story with Antigone. He refuses to look at both sides of the story before making a decision on whether he should bury Eteocles or not. He even states “Never. Once an enemy, never a friend, not even after death”(Ant.588-589). By making an example out of Eteocles, Creon sends a statement to the city of Thebes that anyone who dares to betray Thebes will end up like Eteocles. However, Creon’s inability to compromise with Antigone shows how narrow-minded he is. Despite the fact that Eteocles is their brother, he will not listen or hear Antigone’s request for a private burial. Creon will not let anyone make a fool out of him, which is why he doesn’t listen to any
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