The Great Man Theory

Cherry (2014) states the great man concept became fashionable during the 19th century and is associated with leaders that are said to be natural born leaders. Although a sexist concept is taken here, they are mostly viewed as having internal characteristics, comprising of charisma, confidence, intelligence and social skills. These accumulated characteristics, are commonly described as being ‘born to lead’.  Mostly these are portrayed as heroic leaders such as Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Church, the leader types usually being male. Thomas Carlyle stated, “The history of the world is but the biography of great men” viewing them as being gifted with divine inspiration and the right characteristics.

The great man theory could be related to President Snow and how he is portrayed through his charisma and confidence.  In addition, his followers and his enemies would respect him, but this could be through fear of his power.


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