For example, when Antigone asks Ismene to break the law Ismene replies in fear saying "Think of how terrible than these deaths, our own death would be if we were to go against Creon." (Line 42). The power that Creon has over his people plays an important part in the play. When Creon makes a decree saying that Polyneices will not have a proper burial, his life starts to spiral out of control. This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero.
Creon believes the gods make him suffer the loss of his wife and son as punishment for his pride. He cries to the gods “Oh the dread, I shudder with dread! Why not kill me too? – run me through with a good sharp sword? Oh god, the misery, anguish – I, I’m churning with it, going under” (1432 – 1436).
The scene moves and Prospero decides to tell Miranda her life story, he questions her about what she can remember. He then tells her that he was once the Duke of Milan, “Thy father was the Duke of Milan – A prince of power.” Here, it seems to me that he is showing off a bit and is maybe thinking back on it and wanting to remember what a good feeling it was. We now feel really sorry for Prospero because he tells the story of being over thrown by his own brother and the King of Naples. “O’er – prized all popular rates, in my false brother.” This is a very strong line which emphasises the angry state of mind he is in when talking about it. We get the impression that Prospero is still very bitter and angry about the situation.
However, a tragic hero is a character who experiences conflict and suffers greatly as result of his/her choices. Despaired through the death of his father and his mother’s marriage to his uncle Hamlet then begins to possess feelings of grief, anger and frustration. With these flaws weighing on his conscience it contributes to the making of a tragic hero. This is due to the forced objective of avenging his father’s murder and his mother’s incestuous marriage, Hamlet’s lack of being able to dictate his own choices and his cowardly sense of committing suicide to avoid the suffering. Hamlets anger, which stems from his mother marrying Claudius, bears him serious thoughts of suicide.
Oedipus the King In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is a man of swift action and great insight; he shows that he has the capacity to behave rashly. He’s also a tragic hero who had it all such as power until he became victim of unfortunate events that was told by prophecy. As ruler, he utilizes pathos, empathy, and symbolism to further his reign as king. Oedipus uses pathos to appeal to emotions. He states, “A son of sin and sorrows.” This shows that he knows the mistakes he have committed during his life and reign as king.
He transformed in front of the eyes of his family and country as someone who was a strong, courageous soldier to an irrational namby-pamby. He did not respond to his situation in the most sensible way. Ajax felt an obligation to commit suicide instead of mending his relationship with the Greek deities and his family. In doing so he cheated him self and his beloved even though he felt like he made the noblest decision. In the beginning of the play Ajax claims, “...My name is Ajax:/ agony is its meaning.
One can look at Macbeth’s actions as the play unravels and see that he is clearly headed down a path towards disaster resulting from one source: his ambition. It is his desire to become king that overpowers his good nature and pushes him to break all moral boundaries. Prior to his encounter with the three witches, Macbeth was a trustworthy man; one loyal to his King, wife and friends. But with the news of his future, a secret desire for power emerges and controls him as the play continues. For instance, in act 1, scene 7, Macbeth’s ambition has become to great for him to handle: “To prick the sides
When Duncan, Lady Macduff, and Macduff’s children die, Macduff expresses a great sorrow for them. When Macduff first sees the dead Duncan, he cries out of anguish and believes that this is “the great doom’s image,” (II, iii, 83) meaning that this is the image of doomsday, or the end of the world. Macduff appears to be the most upset about this news. He expresses his grief through words like “murder and treason,” (II, iii, 79) and “Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee.” (II, iii, 68) Macduff feels that his heart can’t imagine this
In Act 5, Sc 3, Macbeth says, “I am sick at heart”. He also says, “my way of life is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age” by saying this it shows us that he has realised that even though he is now king, it is not worth what has happened to him, as a human being. He has no friends or family left, and his life is not worth living and even if he lives to see old age, he will still have a very unhappy life. In Act 5, Sc 5, Macbeth finds out Lady Macbeth has died, and in Act 5, Sc 8 he says, “Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on my own sword?” This shows us he thinks about committing suicide, but he then says why should he die from his own sword, and decides to fight and die on the battlefield, honourably. The play begins with Macbeth fighting like a true warrior on the battlefield, and it ends with him dying in combat.
Once his work was completed and he witnessed the product of all his long hours and feeble exhaustion, he is horrified. His perfectly proportional creation, the result of a labor of love…it was hideous, an atrocity, an abomination. Unable to accept the reality of what he had done, Victor fled, from the site of his creation, from responsibility, from the unnatural being he thrust into the world. This abandonment is what ultimately leads to the destruction of all those people whom Victor once loved. The list of innocent victims is a long and discouraging one: his brother William, his beloved family servant Justine, his wife Elizabeth, his father, and his most loyal friend Henry