Antigone; Polynices sister tries to bury him and Creon has her captured for a punishment. In ‘Antigone’ Creon is the tragic hero because he displays the elements of a Greek tragedy peripeteia, anagnorisis and hubris. Hubris is the excessive pride of arrogance; it is the quality in a character that most often brings about their downfall in tragedy. Creon portrays hubris toward several characters in the play like; Antigone and Teiresias. '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.
This response shows the integrity of Creon’s character and only proves that he wouldn’t dare conspire against Oedipus. Creon explains that he already lives as a King and does his rightful duties as a family member of royalty. Creon exclaims, “Would any sane man prefer power, with all a King’s anxieties, to that same power and the grace of sleep?…How could I desire a scepter more than what is now mine?” This shows how Creon is the foil to Oedipus who is the protagonist. Creon's strong understanding of statehood and his ideals about a good leadership are shown throughout the second section. Creon is courageous in nature and a citizen of Thebes who doesn’t even hesitate to question the king's impulsiveness.
Is John Proctor a tragic hero and is this play an example of a tragedy? John Proctor portrays the tragic hero in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” Proctor, the protagonist of the piece, is revealed to the audience in his time of anguish and struggle, making his untimely death all the more unfortunate. In this tragedy, Proctor fights to save the town from insanity and chooses his death, rather than shame, in his struggle. The elements of a tragic hero are applied to Proctor in order for the audience to a feel sympathetic connection to a character who committed an unholy sin of adultery. John Proctor though not of high noble stature is, nonetheless, a good man and is highly regarded in Salem.
It is through all of these errors and mistakes that the plot of Act 5, Scene 1 helps to make Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy. The characters in Act 5, Scene 1, and the way they act contribute to making Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. In the scene, Romeo is hasty and impetuous. His refusal to listen to others and his running to the apothecary seals Romeo’s fate and brings on the final tragedy of the
William Shakespeare’s Othello derived from the original Aristotelian views of a tragedy, pursues the tragic downfall of a great and noble man, through the manipulative and scheming efforts of another ultimately causing the futile destruction of life and order. Othello is a text that incorporates the themes and issues that inextricably existed in its time, in today’s society and beyond. The texts central issues of racism, evil versus good, manipulation, women’s roles and the worship of heroes are based on the human experience and are therefore timeless and can easily be appropriated into the contexts of contemporary society and remain exceedingly relevant. Reputation Among the various themes explored in the texts is reputation which also relates to pride. This play has an abundance of characters that progress alongside the theme pride and reputation.
John Proctor's fatal flaw was his great amount of pride, and that slowly tied a series of unfortunate events which eventually made John Proctor succumb to his death. Unfortunately, Proctor dies for a crime he did not commit. Another necessary part of the tragic hero is that he or she has a complete reversal of fortune brought by the hero's own flaw. Proctor's life completely turned upside down when Abigail accused his loved ones who then were sent to jail, or executed. At the end of every tragic play, the audience must feel pity or remorse for the deceased hero.
Antigone was also doomed from the beginning. She was doomed from the beginning despite her noble intentions to bury her dead brother. Antigone from the play “Antigone”, by Sophocles, is a tragic her because she exhibits all the qualities of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a protagonist in a tragedy who must have a tragic flaw. Antigone from the play “Antigone” indeed does have a tragic flaw.
The revelation is in itself a dramatic effect as the audience becomes more intrigued and excited on how Hamlet has managed to get them killed. The language used by Hamlet when explaining how he had managed to get them killed depict his anger towards treachery ‘Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes/between the pass and fell incensed points/of mighty opposites’ (5.2.61-63). This could also depict the notion of Hamlet’s attitude towards the lower rank; it is most likely that Hamlet and Claudius that belong to the upper rank regard Guildenstern and Rosencrantz as inferior breeding. On the other hand ‘mighty opposites’ could also suggest Hamlet referring to the two forces of evil and good. Moreover the dramatic effect that Shakespeare outlines when Hamlet narrates to Horatio his plan to save himself that he has realised that ‘There's a divinity that shapes our ends, /Rough-hew them how we
Vincentio and Angelo arise a threat of death upon Claudio on several occasions throughout the play, “So, fare you well; to the hopeful execution do I leave you of your commissions.”. Angelo, also agreeing that if he was to commit the same crime as Claudio, he would expect himself to be put to death, “Let mine own judgement pattern out my death”. It could be argued to be a tragic play as people are grieving about the threat of Claudio’s death, “It greives me for the death of Claudio; But there’s no remedy.”. The threat of death in the play also provides the play with another feature of the tragedy genre, stichomythia, for example, when Vincentio says to Claudio – “Be absolute for death”. Another feature of tragedy play is the presence of a tragic hero.
A tragedy is a story of a person’s demise brought on them by the specific flaws in their character. The “Tragedy of Othello” by William Shakespeare tells a story of deceit and revenge. Othello, the central figure of the play, is a man noble to his country and people. He is an amazing character, a tragic hero, who has befallen to undeserved misfortune and folly. While it may seem, that the tragedy of Othello was caused by the evil villain Iago, I believe that he was not the only one to blame.