An example of his tragic flaw is the trust he puts in Cassius. This backfires as Cassius tricks him into killing Caesar for selfish reasons. Another example of his naïve attitude is allowing Mark Antony to give a eulogy speech at Caesar’s funeral. This, it once again backfires and Mark Antony ends up turning the plebeians against him. This is shown when Mark Antony uses reverse psychology by stating “But Brutus is an honorable man.” His tragic flaw shapes and foreshadows his downfall.
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.
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). Because Oedipus is a tragic hero, he makes an error due to human fallibility and ends up suffering as a consequence. Free will and fallibility have caused Oedipus to wander down the path where he will fulfill his prophecy. As a result, "his downfall results from acts for which he is himself is responsible" (Sheet). According to Aristotle, because Oedipus was born to nobility "his high estate gives him a place of dignity to fall from and perhaps makes his fall seem all the more a calamity in that it involves an entire nation or people" (Sheet).
A Freudian outlook of Sophocles’ tragedy argues that the Theban king might have, in fact, been an anti-hero. Had Oedipus taken a heroic path instead of being driven by his pride and anger, he could have avoided the series of disasters that followed his collapse. Had Oedipus married a Theban wife and “set about the business of becoming a man”, with time his father would eventually die and he could stroll through
Hamlet Analysis The preeminent Greek philosopher and writer Aristotle defines a tragic hero as “A man of high estate; a well know, well intentioned man whose misfortunes result from some error in judgment or some flaw in character“. Does Prince Hamlet fit the definition of a tragic hero? This question is more complex then one may think. While most scholars agree that Hamlet could be considered a perfect or prototypical tragic hero, other view his role in the play differently. Some scholars can not find a true tragic flaw with Hamlet, others believe his mental instability and murderous ways make him just as much a villain as Claudius.
According to Aristotle, “A tragic hero is a character who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice and depravity, but by some error or frailty…” The classic tragic hero has some type of tragic character flaw which creates an inner struggle, leads to his making a serious error in judgment, and leads to his eventual downfall and death. In Julius Caesar Brutus displays the traits of a tragic hero through out this play. His tragic flaw is his being too naive. He makes an error in judgment, and when this error occurred it causes his own downfall. But Brutus causes his own downfall when after killing Caesar all of Rome turns against the conspirators.
“Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” was Brutus’ reasoning behind why he felt killing Caesar was the right thing to do. Brutus being the tragic hero, he had brought suffering and death to the leader of Rome, thinking that it would make everything better for the county and the people. He later realizes that this was not the best choice he could have made, which results in it being the major cause of his downfall. Another flaw Brutus
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.
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.
This tragic flaw, or hamartia, is what eventually leads to his downfall, peripeteia, at the end of the show when his soul is carried off to hell with nothing gained in Faustus’ favor. Before a person can express Faustus as a tragic hero, it must be clear what defines this in a character. Historians look to Aristotle when it concerns the subject of tragedy and tragic heroes. In his book, The Poetics, he states the characteristics that make up a tragic hero. According to Aristotle a tragic hero must be of a higher status, he must have a character flaw, this flaw is what eventually leads to their own downfall, and this downfall leads to some kind of knowledge gained by the hero.