A hero is someone you can bet your life on and know that they will have your back whatever happens. Odysseus saves his men in the cyclops’ cave, and rescued his men from becoming animals for eternity. Odysseus is a hero because he has both super human strengths and human
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.
Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero One may think that they have it rough. Little do they know that one’s problems can seem so small compared to someone as significant as a tragic hero. Oedipus had to go through a lot and contradict himself and judge himself, then come to accept himself to become the hero we know him as today. Oedipus Rex is a person of great promise, ability and integrity, which makes his a tragic hero. He shows this by being proactive in moving away from his father Polybus, a Dorian, and his mother Merope, of Corinth.
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Marcus Brutus contains multiple elements that would qualify him as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a man of noble stature who displays hamartia. Hamartia in tragedies is a crime committed in ignorance, also considered a tragic flaw. The hero’s downfall, therefore, is the result of his own catastrophic choices. A tragic hero is a man of noble character who dies because of the decisions he has made, even if the hero’s misfortune was not completely deserved.
However, he does not realize that his dream is idealistic. Gatsby is relatable to the average man who possesses flaws. Gatsby as a Tragic Hero Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a man of noble stature. He is not an ordinary man, but a man with outstanding quality and greatness about him. The tragic hero possesses the following characteristics: 1) Flaw or error of judgment (hamartia) Note the role of justice and/or revenge in the judgments.
Compare and Contrast: Creon and Brutus Aristotle defines the tragic hero in three ways: not completely virtuous nor utterly villainous, has a downfall brought on by some error in judgment or frailty, and is either “highly renowned or prosperous” so that the fall from good fortune to disaster will arouse strong emotion in the audience. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Sophocles’ Antigone it’s easy to see that according to this definition both Creon and Brutus are definitely tragic heros. In these works, it is easy to see that both Creon and Brutus are neither completely virtuous nor utterly villainous. Creon states he wants what’s good for the state and no enemies. However, he becomes stubborn and unwilling to listen to Haemons plea for Antigone’s life.
These characters have what it truly means to be a tragic hero in the past. They both possess the qualities, according to Aristotle, of a tragic hero. They are both born of noble birth, and the audience feels pity on these characters. They also both have Peripeteia, defined as a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw. Hamlet’s tragic flaw was him waiting too long to kill Claudius and in doing so, everyone died including Hamlet.
James Bartkowiak ENGLT 310 Abraham 2/20/13 Challenging Fate A hero’s worth is measured in the use he has to society and how much he is willing to sacrifice. The definition of a hero is widely debated, and comes in different forms possessing extraordinary abilities. However, it is his actions that jettison him into the upper echelon of men and the praise that it comes with. Beowulf is a hero in the traditional sense in that he is brawny, boastful, and without fear, conscious that his fate rests on the edge of his blade and the gods beholding the spectacle choosing whether he should live or die. He is not so much religious as he is aware that there is a higher power that controls his destiny and that if he will survive then he is meant to
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a timeless tragedy, depicting historical figures but concerning the modern world as well. John Proctor, the protagonist, though fitting several of the characteristics of the Aristotelian tragic hero, is actually a much more complex tragic hero. The primary differences between John Proctor and the classic tragic hero are obvious, such as the lack of noble birth, his not being in a position of leadership, and the inevitability of his fate. These differences are necessary, as Arthur Miller attempts to convince his audience that his protagonist is an everyman and is worth sympathizing for. In Arthur Miller’s more complex world, a more complex tragic hero is needed.
Odysseus shows how intelligent he is, by outsmarting monsters, and tricking people. In general Odysseus is a hero because he displays epic hero qualities (traits) throughout Homer’s epic, the Odyssey. Odysseus shows a great deal of bravery throughout Homer’s epic. Odysseus is courageous when facing Polyphemous. Odysseus and his men blind Polyphem-ous, to get out of his cave that he has captured him and his men in.