John Donne said, “No man is an island. To complete our journey we must recognize the importance of others." CONTEXT PIECE How would I structure this if I was to do a speech using the themes from antigone and possibly drawing from another example of a leader eg. a prime minister or Gaddafi

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You might like to consider turning to another despot. Kim Il Jong and the way that he has pushed North Korea into isolation with disastrous impact would be another excellent modern day political figure you could turn to to establish the truth of Donne's words.

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I agree that Gadhafi would be a poor choice to use as an example of effective or even collective leadership.  While it is true that Gadhafi could not rule Libya by himself and depended upon his bureaucracy and also on tribal ties, leaders such as Gadhafi rarely value others as others.  They value them as useful cogs in a state machine whose parts can easily be replaced by new parts. Such "leaders" value the people around them merely as followers, not as individuals who are valuable in their own rights. A better choice of a leader who relied on the support of others might be Abraham Lincoln.  A new book on Lincoln -- Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin -- might be helpful to you. She argues that Lincoln was especially effective in working with people who were or had been his rivals.

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I agree, litteacher8, that leaders cannot lead on their own without the help of others.  Likewise, they do not lead an island of one, so they must be cognizant of how their actions affect the people.  Antigone chooses to bury her brother even though it endangers her life because she is acutely aware of the significance of her connection to her brother.  For her, it is a duty.  What leader exhibits that trait?  Who is willing to risk so much to help others? 

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To me, this means leaders cannot lead on their own.  Each leader needs to be surrounded by a trusted group of advisors. As they say, it's lonely at the top.  Leaders have no one who is equal that they can confide in, so they need people they can trust.

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I don't think I would connect it to Gadhafi. But I did, I'd simply point out that while he ruled alone as a dictator for decades, he was unable to sustain his power when some of the Libyan people decided that they had enough. But in reality, Gadhafi was able to sustain his power for years with the support of bureaucrats who profited heavily from their positions, particularly from the sale of oil. He also derived much of his...

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