Put together, his mistake and sense of arrogance magnify his tragic flaw. Throughout the story, Oedipus is not only arrogant but also obnoxious, childish, self absorbed, and willfully blind to the truth. All of these characteristics lead to his ruin. They demonstrate that Oedipus is far from perfect. Exemplifying these qualities enable Oedipus to set himself up for a great fall.
Oedipus, as a tragic hero, commits some sinful actions although unintentionally which make him fall from the crest of his nobility. Oedipus’s decision to flee away from his destiny can be considered as his first tragic flaw. Oedipus tried to defeat the “God of Fate” Apollo by going against his prophecy that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother and he will be the brother of his children. It was not actually a sin as it is quite
This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero. Creon’s human flaw of arrogance causes him to ignore reasoning and advice and listen only to his own thoughts. He states, "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city". He is afraid to go back on his word because it will hurt his pride and he is afraid that it will cause him to lose power with his subjects. This action causes him to lose everyone that he loves.
Macbeth is a tragic hero who is undone by his own ambition and secret desire to become king. This is the tragic flaw, or hamartia, that results in his final doom. The irony of this tragic flaw is that Macbeth recognises himself the impact that his ambition is having upon him and almost predicts how it could all end badly in his soliloquy in Act I scene 7: I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself And falls on th'other. Macbeth is a character that not only has his tragic flaw but also allows himself, at least initially, to be dominated and influenced by his wife. This is one area in which perhaps Macbeth as a tragic hero is distinct, as in other cases, such as Julius Caesar, he ignores his wife's advice.
Finally Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to get his revenge and yet again his indecisiveness is getting the best of him. Hamlet was procrastinating with his revenge of his father’s death because he was too indecisive on when and how he was going to do it also whether or not the ghost was right. He was over thinking everything and worrying if it was his father’s ghost or not. Hamlet was questioned, “Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn’d, / Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, / Be thy intents wicked or charitable, / Thou com’st in such a questionable shape” (1.4. 40-43).
Here Oedipus is angered at Tiresias because Tiresias is claiming that Oedipus is “the corruption of the land!” (line 401). This is important because it helps the reader to see how Oedipus’ arrogance is shoving away these accusations against him until he hears the truth from the real source. A second instance of situational irony occurs when Jocasta and Oedipus are talking about the murder of Laius. “son was doomed to kill my husband… my son… he never had a chance to kill his father. They destroyed him first.” (lines 945-947).
The plot in Oedipus included the aspect of reversal, for example, when Oedipus finds out the truth about whom his real parents were, it is expected that he would have a good reaction. Instead, an opposite reaction is created, because he then realizes that the prophecy of him killing his father, and marrying his mother has come to past (Oedipus, scene 4). The aspect of reversal is meant to produce the opposite effect within a scene (Aristotle 199). The plot in Oedipus portrays the story as a good tragedy, because it includes the aspect of recognition. An example from Oedipus occurs in scene four, when he comes to the realization that he had murdered his own father, and married then his mother.
'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. Creon was so insolent towards the two sisters tjay he didn't even understand that they lost a member of their own flesh and blood. Creon also portrays hubris toward the blind prophet. “Do you forget to whom you say it?” (Sophocles, 154) In this quote Creon is asking Teiresias If he forgets who he is talking to. Creon shows hubris because he asks this to Teiresias because he is king and has excessive pride.
(p. 2708) Okonkwo not fully understanding his fault was angry that he needed to offer sacrifice to the earth. He loses respect for the clan because in his eyes his act of beating his wife was justified. He is partially to be blame for his demise; however, his character possesses traits that seemingly invite tragedy. Okonkwo bears much responsibility for it’s over all downfalls because he had countless opportunities to change the course
Although Brutus has the characteristics of a great man such as; nobility, idealism and honesty, what makes him the tragic hero of Julius Caesar is his unassuming sincerity and trust. A tragic hero is defined as; (http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/poetics.html) usually of noble birth, hamartia (the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall. ), peripeteia (a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw)his actions result in an increase of self- awareness and self-knowledge, and the audience must feel pity and fear for this character. Brutus, as well as Caesar, are both impeccable candidates for a tragic hero. The difference is who was more tragic or which character evoked more pity and fear.