Creon’s tragic flaw is that he is to prideful. Creon insists on killing Antigone because she disobeyed his decree. When Haimon questions his decision, Creon replies by saying,” I’ll have no dealing with law breakers” (792, 35-36). Creon is explaining to Haimon that he will not deal with any rule breakers and that Antigone will be put to die along with her traitor of a brother. Creon’s pride is what leads to the death of Haimon, his son, and the Queen, his wife.
Medea’s extreme emotional attachments can only be expressed through extreme measures. Circumstance causes her to fall in love with Jason, and when she does, he becomes the centre of her emotional universe — even when he spurns her and that love turns to hate, the man continues on as the zenith in her heart, the motivation behind her actions. When Jason takes another wife, Medea can no longer justify the wrongs she committed in the name of their love. The sheer force of her grief and remorse inspires her to ‘surrender to anguish’, and she gives voice to wretched lamentations that outline her vicious intent towards the royal house. Fearing that Medea will do ‘some irreparable harm to (his) daughter’, Creon banishes her from his land, setting in motion a chain of events that lead to the final tragedy of the play.
Edmund was having an affair with my wife and of course she was in love with him. So much for the great love I did bear her. Did she ever feel the same for me? Not only had I been displaced before but to make things worse she’d wanted the bastard to eradicate me. I mean, I knew she was a manipulative bitch, I just thought she may have still had some feelings towards me.
Medea fell in love with Jason the moment she met him. She killed and deceived her own brother and father for him, and used all of her resources to help him be successful and regain his kingdom. Medea acted so selflessly towards Jason because she was in love, or at least completely infatuated with him. However, Jason leaves the moment there is a seemingly better opportunity for him to marry the Corinth princess and elevate his status. This action demonstrates Jason’s true colors; he does not value his relationship with Medea and his two sons.
Romm concluded that even though Agrippina may have been manipulative and ambitious she was still able to achieve what women of the era could not. The write Cat Pierro’s argues that Agrippina the Younger’s life is one that is full of mistakes, the largest of which was giving birth Nero. Pierro interpretation of Agrippina is that she was an Austere , arrogant woman that would use her sexuality to gain power. She was jealous of any woman that tried to become close to her husband and then her son, even going as so far to order the execution of a women that her husband Claudius complimented. Eventually she vilified herself enough to turn herself not only to turn her son against her but most of the court as well.
Greek philosopher Aristotle suggests that a tragic hero must evoke pity or fear in the audience’s eyes. Blanche can evoke pity in the audience’s eyes, with her constant lies and insecurities and inability to cope “the loss” of Belle Reve. The loss of Belle Reve is probably the most significant contributor to Blanches mental state she “stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it” it is clear to see that this has taken a psychological toll on her. She also strikes the audience as lost and confused, this can be seen as she arrives to elysian fields in an “uncertain manner” she also shakes frequently during the play. Her highlighted vulnerability suggests alienation, which further evokes the audience’s sense of pity making her a tragic hero.
Media: Medea is married to Jason but Jason wants to forsake her for his political growth .When Media comes to know of this she decides to wreak havoc on all. She does not even think about Jason who she loves her dominant thoughts are revenge. The love disappears and is replaced by a compounding rage on Jason. Her threat of anger sends a threat to the king Creon who banishes her from the state thinking that this anger will upset the peace of his state . Medea begs of the king to give her a day to put her affairs in place and the King agrees.
There may seem to be many motivations for villains throughout the times but as we study these scoundrels we find that generally they are motivated by pure jealousy, or a need of superiority. They utilize manipulation, both physically and mentally in order to achieve their goals and show a lack of remorse. Stephan King’s “Misery”, provides us with a very graphical depiction in Annie Wilkes a sadistic, mentally unstable retired nurse, who has a desire for power and control. Annie goes to tortuous extremes on her captive Paul Sheldon to realize this. Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge.
Sophocles, Antigone, is a play that demonstrates tragedy to its fullest. Antigone’s image as a tragic character sets up many elements for the play. Her love for her brother drives her to go against laws and stand up for the morals she believes in. She is so strong headed and perhaps this is why she releases her tragedy on other characters and the story itself. The first thing we experience as an audience is the burial controversy.
The final line “Who could not say, ‘Tis pity she’s a whore?” can be seen as directed towards her and so she is blamed for everything that has occurred. Throughout the play she is seen as quite powerful and headstrong by refusing many marriage proposals and being quite stubborn in doing so. However, she is reduced to a weak being however upon dying which is a culmination of her passions. It is perceived that women are a danger to men and to society as a whole and so Giovanni’s actions are to be blamed not on himself, but on Annabella because of the beauty she possesses. Giovanni states that Annabella’s “lips would tempt a saint” thus showing the corruption her presence inflicts upon even the supposed innocent of men.