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.
Juanita Umana English 1 – C 4/5 Tragic Character Journal 9 October 2012 Essential Question What is a tragic character, and is John Proctor one? Quote Bank: * “The man who on the one hand is not pre-eminent in virtue and justice, and yet on the other hand does not fall into misfortune through vice or depravity, but falls because of some mistake; one among the number of the highly renowned and prosperous”(Aristotle on Tragic Character 1202) * “Evoked in the common man when a character is ready to lay down his life-his sense of personal dignity… [the common man] is trying to gain his “rightful” place in society” (Arthur Miller Tragedy and the Common Man 1982) * “The common man knows fear best”(Arthur Miller Tragedy and the Common Man 1983) * “ Tragedy consist of the belief-optimistic, in the perfectibility of man” (Arthur Miller Tragedy and the Common Man 1984) * “God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor?”(Miller 127) * “I think it is honest…I am no saint” (Miller 127) * “You have made your magic now…I do see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs” (Miller 133). Response: A tragic character is almost always the protagonist of the story. This character has specific characteristics such as nobility or aristocracy, tragic flaws, some kind of reversal in fortune and the realization of the characters own flaws working against him.
John Proctor is the tragic hero of “The Crucible” as Arthur Miller gives him many positive traits, but he also had a darker side to his otherwise pure nature. His affair with Abigail Williams, leading to his eventual fatal downfall as well as the downfall of others as a result of one action. However, he was very willing to at least reverse the effects of his actions to save others around him, even if it meant he had to die for it. The more shocking reality is that these events were factual. The righteous nature of John Proctor to always seek the truth and denounce those who abuse their given powers is none more evident as he exposes the corruption that existed in Salem.
Ethan Beller Kelly Thompson Advanced English 10 20 January 2015 Delusions in Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy Loman’s delusions and the effects it has on his life and the lives of his family are key to the story line. Willy refuses to see his life as a failure and imagines storylines that he finds acceptable. Both of his sons have attained this trait from their father and lie about their own lives both to themselves and everyone else. Willy is the average American businessman and a metaphor for any American family. He lies and lives on the road degrading himself in every way to attain the friendship with the most people.
To unfamiliar people, Mr. Darcy is an arrogant rich man, who always looks down upon and shows no respect to others. Pride is Mr. Darcy’s nature. This character is attributed to his family background. In Chapter 58 of Pride and Prejudice, when Darcy revealed his love to Elizabeth in the second time, he talked about his pride. He admitted that he was greatly influenced by his family and spoiled by his parents.
For example, when he challenges Eddie at the end of the first act, we understand that he did it to save his brother's face and his family's honor. In addition, the killing of Eddie by Marco's own hands at the end of the play, is the final display of his character. Marco's character is definitely expressed more by his actions than by his words. He is very strong, and he is obviously aware of that, but doesn't like to show it in words, or brag about it. In fact, when Eddie was making fun of his brother Rodolpho, instead of replying to him in words, he chose to use his strength to get his point across by lifting the chair.
ABSTRACT A tragedy cannot be completed without a tragic hero and Aristotle states that a tragic should be a person who is born in a noble family, like Oedipus Rexs. Some critics like Henrietta L.Palmer and Heather A.Fowler has portrayed Cordelia as the tragic hero of the play just because of her truthfulness and sacrifices. However, some other critics like Dr.Ronnie Bie and A.C. Bredely has their affirm opinions that King Lear is the real tragic hero of the play. Although, Cordelia is one of the main protagonists of the play yet her character does not meet the Aristotelian principles of tragic hero. She is very sweet and kind; but according to Aristotle, a person who is an embodiment of goodness only, cannot arise pity and fear in the audience.
His sense of over-entitlement led him to be easily manipulated into killing his good friend and leader King Duncan. Duddy likely inherited his love of wealth from members of his family. He even shows movies he dislikes as a result of his desire for money, seen in the quote "Duddy didn't say a word all through the screening but afterwards he was sick to his stomach." (159) While his father does not place a large importance on wealth, his extremely wealthy uncle proves to have a lasting effect on his development as Duddy is instilled with a desire for wealth. Likewise, Macbeth is easily tempted into killing and manipulating many simply due to the desire for power and social praise.
His father has always reminded him of being humble; however, later on Gastby worked for a millionaire and decided that becoming rich and famous is his goal for his life. He later on met Daisy . When he came back from the war, assuming that Daisy would wait for him, he was shocked to know that Daisy chose Tom instead. He did everything to try to win Daisy back, including making money by doing illegal things. Daisy Buchana born rich still desires for more money and choosing a husband that she knows will fulfill her wishes.
Hiral Patel 10-15-11 English H Tragic Hero In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor fits the classic Greek definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a noble person that goes from a state of fortune and happiness to a state of utter misery. The character’s tragic flaw causes this change. He also stated that witnessing the downfall of the character triggered an emotional release, which left the audience feeling relieved because they have empathized with the character, but not upset because the downfall was the character’s own doing. John Proctor is a strong character that represents these qualities.