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Creon Comparison With Atticus Essay

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Leadership style comparison – Atticus and Creon
John Maxwell once said, “A true leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a prominent lawyer in Maycomb, a southern town in the 1930’s, who is trying to lead his children, Jem and Scout, into a good life. Creon, from Sophocles’ Antigone, is the ruler of Thebes, an ancient Greek city, who faces difficulty leading the city with an open mind. Atticus has a calm and intelligent style of leading his children, who he cares for, and leads them in a way so that they learn what the world truly is. On the other hand, Creon forces his power on his subjects, and is leads by ...view middle of the document...

Maycomb is a town full of racism against blacks, and when Atticus decides to take up a case for a black man against a white man due to moral reasons, most people in the town do not like it. Francis, because of that, calls Atticus a nigger-lover, which sets Scout off. Later that night, Scout overhears Atticus and Jack talking about racism, without them knowing she was there. Atticus says, “ I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand… I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough” (91). As Scout says later, she “never figured out how Atticus knew I was listening, and it was not until many years later that I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said” (92). Atticus says those words so that he could explain to Scout that what Francis said is what most of Maycomb thinks, but that shouldn’t stop Scout from doing what is right, or giving up trust in Atticus. Thus, Scout too understands that what Atticus is doing is right. In this way, he cleverly ensures that his children understand what the world actually is, without being trapped in its misconceptions, thus proving his leadership to be trustworthy and effective.
Creon on the other hand is more passionate about his leadership, forcing on his power, without caring about the best course of action that could be taken at that moment. Right after Creon comes to power after the death of the princes Polyneices and Eteocles, he issues a decree stating that Eteocles, who fought for their city, would be buried with honor, but Polynieces, who fought against, would be left there unburied. But instead of offering him loyalty, many people in the city are opposed to this, for they believe it...

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