According to Brown, “The dramatist depicts incidents which arouse pity and fear for the protagonist [Antigone], then during the course of the action, he resolves the major conflicts, bringing the plot to a logic and foreseeable conclusion (Brown, para 5). The tragic hero in Antigone is Creon. Tragic heroes are not all good and not all bad. Creon suffers a great deal due to his tragic flaw and destructive pride. Creon believes the gods make him suffer the loss of his wife and son as punishment for his pride.
is a play that has left people wondering over the ages, who truly is the tragic hero? A tragic hero is a person who implements thoughts of sympathy and uneasiness in the audience revealing the audience’s own vulnerabilities. Antigone begins with the two brothers Polynices and Eteocles killing eachother over the right to lead Thebes. The new appointed leader and uncle of the brothers Creon decides to bury Eteocles only, angering their sister Antigone. Antigone goes and half buries Polynices and then is caught by Creon.
Aristotle defines Oedipus as a tragic hero for his unfortunate sequence of events. As a child, Oedipus was given a prophecy that he was to grow up marrying his mother and slaying his father. Jocasta and Laius try to impede the prophecy by killing Oedipus, but in the end, fate was the ultimate victor. Aristotle defines a tragic hero by four qualities: goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency (Aristotle's Tragic Hero). According to Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal example of a tragic hero for causing his own downfall, having fallen from his estate, and having an undeserved punishment (sheet).
THE DOWNFALL OF OTHELLO AS CAUSED BY IAGO Iago is one of Shakespeare s most intriguing and credible villains. Iago can be perceived as either evil or brilliant in his plans to be deemed lieutenant. As the villain in Othello , Iago has two main actions: to plot and to deceive. Iago is mad that Cassio was chosen to be lieutenant instead of himself. From this anger comes the main conflict of the play.
Also, when the official who is telling the city of Thebes that Oedipus blinded himself he says, “He shouts for all the barriers to be unbarred and he displayed to all of Thebes, his father’s murderer, his mothers…no, a word too foul to say…”(71). Even though Oedipus didn’t know that Lauis was his father it was still his choice to kill him and marry Jocasta although it was his mother. In addition to Oedipus being responsible for his fate he is also endowed with a tragic flaw and is doomed to make a serious error in judgment. Oedipus is arrogant and stubborn and these flaws cause him to accuse people of things they didn’t do. For example, when Oedipus says to Tiresias,”Yes, you, you planned this thing, and I suspect you of the very murder even, all but the actual stroke” (20).He is accusing Tiresias of murdering Lauis when the actual murderer is Oedipus himself.
Missael Oseguera Ms. Boland English II, period 4 3/2/15 Tragic Hero Did you ever think that you would have to decide whether or not to kill you own niece? Antigone’s brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles fought to the death, fighting for their place at the throne as king. One was labeled a traitor the other a hero, leaving controversy in the family. Their death was the beginning of Creon’s rule as king. Creon is a tragic hero because he is a noble, he had flawed, and his realization of his flaws came far too late.
Throughout the play of Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello is tricked and fooled into getting angry with his love. In Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus’ wrath aids the prophecy that he is doomed to fulfill come true. In both cases, the tragic hero in the play unleashes their wrath upon their fellow characters affecting their relationships with them. Othello is a black man whom this tragedy is named after. This soldier has a large flaw, his wrath.
The inscription on the statue says “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my Works ye Mighty and Despair.” This is ironic because everything around the statue, or the “works” are in ruins. Both of these pieces of literature show the flaws of ambition. One flaw of ambition is that sometimes people can be overly ambitious. When one is too ambitious, ambition gets the better of a person. For example, in the poem “Ozymandias”, the king/ruler probably became too concerned with his power and he forgot about the prior goals he set.
“You are the curse, the corruption of the land!” (401) Tiresias accuses Oedipus of being blind to the truth, despite being able to see he is unable to bring to light what the real problem is. The irony in this is that Oedipus himself is the murderer. Tragedy aids the conclusion of the tale by creating tension, leaves a feeling of sorrow but still concludes in a satisfying way. Tragedy being a theme in this story is portrayed through the entire life of Jocasta. First off, Apollo sent an oracle to deliver a prophecy to Jocasta and King Laius saying “ that doom would strike him down at the hands of a son, our son, to be born of our own flesh and blood.” (787-788) Years later, Jocasta’s husband, King Laius is escorted out of the city when he knocked a traveller on the head with his staff.
Iago gradually through the play gives pieces of information to Othello that form the wrong picture in his mind and causes him to be blinded by jealousy so deep that he eventually kills his wife. Othello’s heritage leads to his insecurity. Othello is referred to as the “moor” a term describing dark-skinned people. Dark is thought to be evil and white pure. Othello’s age was also great cause of insecurity.