'I do believe the creatures both are mad, one lately crazed, the other from her birth' (Sophocles 141) In this quote Creon is calling both Antigone and Iseme crazy for feeling sorrow for their brothers death.This displays hubris because he is being ignorant as he is filled with excessive pride. Creon was so insolent towards the two sisters tjay he didn't even understand that they lost a member of their own flesh and blood. Creon also portrays hubris toward the blind prophet. “Do you forget to whom you say it?” (Sophocles, 154) In this quote Creon is asking Teiresias If he forgets who he is talking to. Creon shows hubris because he asks this to Teiresias because he is king and has excessive pride.
His ignorance was his flaw leading to his downfall, fulfilling the prophecy he “tried” so hard to avoid. Sophocles’ use of irony helps the audience develop the characters of Oedipus Rex. Verbal irony shows the audience his many tragic flaws such as ignorance, pride, and his egotistical attitude. Situational irony showed us Oedipus’ ignorance of his birth parents and of himself. Dramatic irony showed us the actual truth of Oedipus’ wife/mother and him fulfilling the prophecy because of fate.
The heinous acts Oedipus committed are a consequence of a punishment by the Greek gods that brings devastating injury to those close to him and to the entire city of Thebes, along with the suffering he inflicts as a result of his futile quest for the murderer of Laius. In Sophocles’ tragic vision, the suffering the protagonist experiences throughout the play stems from a fatal flaw, which eventually brings about his inevitable downfall and the catastrophic conclusion. This tragic vision is
Hubris destroys people, it can blind people to the reality of their situation and leads them to their downfalls as shown by the characters in Sophocles’ plays Antigone and Oedipus Rex. By looking at Oedipus and Creon, the careful reader can see how the excessive pride of each character leads them to their doom. In the play Oedipus Rex an example of Oedipus’ excessive pride is when he is asked to move aside by the former King of Thebes, Laios and Oedipus refuses. Oedipus’ pride overwhelms him and drives him into a murderous rage, as Sophocles illustrates, “the groom leading the horses forced me off the road at his lords’ command; but as the chariot lurched over towards me I struck him in my rage …He was paid, back and more!” (Oedipus Rex 43). In his rage, Oedipus kills the old man and his fellow travelers.
Religion and Spirituality in Oedipus Definition: Religion – Belief in a divine or superhuman power. Spirituality – Pertaining to the soul or higher nature of humans. The gods influenced religion in the play: Religion is greatly influenced the play and how the plot unfolds. In the end of the play, the people of Thebes realize that when they anger the gods, pain and suffering is put upon them. Character Flaw: Even though Oedipus is praised by his people for being a responsible and honest king, he possesses a major character flaw in his attitude towards the gods which causes the tragic torture he faces in the end.
He also tells the murderers that Banquo is blameworthy for their tragic, unhappy lives. After angering the murderers, Macbeth switches to a more sarcastic tone and manipulates the murderers so they will feel like they need to prove themselves men, worthy of Macbeth’s presence. By asking questions, Macbeth leaves a gap between him and the murderers and waits for them to fill it. He asks “Are you so gospeled/ To pray for this good man and for his issue/ Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave/ And beggared yours forever? (3.1.98-101).
On line 437, the chorus is speaking and they say that the god of war was the “money changer” of dead bodies. When the citizens of Greece sent their young men off to fight they got urns packed with ashes in return. The Greeks felt cheated by the cost of the Trojan War. In lines 442-444, it says, “dust” of loved ones is “heavy and bitter with tears shed, packing smooth the urns with ashes that were once men.” The people say (lines 447-448) “sons went down splendid in the slaughter and all for some strange woman.” The people “mutter in secrecy and the slow anger creeps below their grief at Atreus’ sons and their quarrels.” They blame Agamemnon and
"I killed a man it's not my fault he was sent by the Devil" A quote of a stuttering man that begins the new world full of excuses and mistakes. To be stamped a freak would an individual feel despair of hope? The Chrysalids, a novel by John Wyndham is a story of despair, despair where mistakes from the past is exerted into the future. Humans in the novel use alibis to excuse them from their offenses, and blame the ones that can not defend themselves. The characters all suffer due to the judgment and unacceptance that lead them to death or suicide in the future .
Medea, an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides has Medea, a female character as the tragic hero. Many people consider her a wicked villain but they overlook her positive individualities. Medea has three vital characteristics described in Aristotle’s Peotics that makes up a tragic hero. Thus, Medea is a tragic hero with heroic code, superhuman skills and most important of all a tragic misfortune. Every hero requires having certain code of conduct which distinguishes him among ordinary people.
At the end of every tragic play, the audience must feel pity or remorse for the deceased hero. This is also known as catharsis, which means purging of emotions. However these negative emotions are washed away because the tragic hero's death is an example of the axiom of true Puritan values. John Proctor, a character in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, is a classic tragic hero because he contains all the elements of a tragic hero such as hamartia, peripeteia, catharsis, and despite not being born into nobility, he possesses many noble characteristics. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor's fatal flaw was his overwhelming hubris that made him eventually succumb to his death.