Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

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Shakespeare said about leaders, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” In the story of Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Oedipus fits Shakespeare’s description of leaders in many ways. He was born in royalty then discarded by his family. Oedipus rose in life to achieve greatness and because of a series of events had greatness thrust upon him. The same series of events eventually became his downfall, but Oedipus was a good leader. He had traits similar to leaders of today. Oedipus was a dedicated moral leader and did his best while looking for truth like Merkel, in addition similar to Trump and Schwarzkopf, he was confident and acted swiftly to reach his goals. Oedipus is moral, dedicated, and works to save the city while trying to find the truth about the death of King Laius. Oedipus was told of the prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. In the story, Oedipus decides to leave his home and parents to avoid taking a chance that the prophecy will come true. Oedipus makes the decision based on what he knows, like many good leaders, to be proactive to a potential problem. He believes by leaving his home and parents, he will avoid all chances of a causing something with tragic consequences that morally he cannot live with. Oedipus is dedicated to making the city better. He grieves for the city and the problems the citizens are going through so he sends his brother-in-law to see a prophet for…

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