Advisors In Shakespeare's Hamlet And Oedipus Rex

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Every productive leader needs advisors for counsel, with some advisors being better than others. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet’s main advisors are Gertrude, the Ghost, and Horatio. Although Hamlet never becomes the King of Denmark, the Prince still has advisors to guide him through his struggles. In addition, Oedipus, in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, has multiple advisors, his being Tiresias, Creon, and Jocasta. Throughout both plays, the protagonists have many difficult decisions to make and their advisors oftentimes influenced their decisions and played a part in the outcome of each play, with Horatio providing the most worthy counsel. The perfect advisor has many key characteristics, including integrity, dependability, similar beliefs,…show more content…
As an advisor, Creon remained calm even in times of tension. When Oedipus accuses Creon of treason and attempting to usurp the throne, Creon remains surprisingly unflustered. When Oedipus states, “I have found you contrary / And dangerous to me,” Creon remains composed and offers the simple question “How is it that you say I injured you?” (Sophocles 20). The quarrel continues and the entire time Oedipus insults and accuses Creon while Creon just absorbs the dialogue and remains collected. Also, at the end of the play, after Oedipus realizes the truth, Creon arrives to comfort Oedipus. Creon reminds Oedipus to have faith and “trust what the God answers” (51). Oedipus uses Tiresias as a counselor since he is a soothsayer, however the two have a very strained relationship, Oedipus summons Tiresias since he wants to learn who killed Laius and save Thebes, essentially forcing Tiresias to provide Oedipus counsel. Tiresias proceeds to reluctantly reveal the murderer bluntly by “[saying] that you are Laius’ murderer” then by reiterating it in a more cryptic form (Sophocles 14). However, Oedipus was too prideful to realize the truth and that he fits the prophecy he has heard his entire life that Tiresias recites. One of the problems in the relationship is that they strongly dislike each other and say hateful comments to each other. For example, Oedipus calls Tiresias the “worst of traitors,” while Tiresias calls Oedipus “the abominable

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