After fleeing from Corinth, Oedipus encounters Laios on a crossroad. After being asked to move aside and refusing, Laios goes to strike Oedipus with a blunt object. However, Oedipus ends up killing Laios and all but one of his servants (thus killing his father and fulfilling part of the prophecy). This error of judgment involves Oedipus’ hubris which can be defined as a sort of arrogant pride or over-confidence. Put together, his mistake and sense of arrogance magnify his tragic flaw.
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.
After he realizes the terrible acts he has committed, he exiles himself and takes out his own eyes. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus blames himself for everything bad that has happened. Since he murdered his father and had children with his mother, he is convinced that he ruined the lives of all his children as well as being responsible for the death of Jocasta. Oedipus believed that he had tainted Thebes forever because of his wrongdoings. He then proceeds to exile and mutilate himself, feeling this was the punishment he deserved.
His final words are particularly moving – “A plague o’ both your houses” (act 3, scene 1) – as they are condemning both families (Capulet and Montague) because of the feud that ended his life. It was the actions of Tybalt that killed Mercutio, not fate. There is no doubt that fate plays a huge role in the story of Romeo and Juliet; however, their death could have been avoided if certain people took control of their lives and chose their own actions, rather than believing that fate had set everything out and there was nothing they could do about it – an example of which is shown in act 3, scene 1, line 41 – ‘Can heaven be so
For example, when Oidipous talks to Jokasta to find out more about Liaus, the facts only create more suspicion. Oidipous’s initial intention of clearing up the possibility of the prophecy being true, only raises more questions. Moreover, when the messenger delivers news to Oidipous about the natural death of his “Corinthian” parents the plot is further reversed. Lastly, when Oidipous is informed that he was given up as an infant and killed his own father at the road fork, he comes to a realization that his sin is so great that the whole city of Thebes is being punished. Against all odds Oidipous has fulfilled the prophecy and recognizes his hamartia -ignorance.
Secondly, you must have them kill a child. It is clear that both Tamora and Titus proceed to do both. Thus, revenge makes a monster out of people. Titus first becomes more villain-like when he slays his own son, Mutius. Mutius is protecting his sister and her betrothed when they betray his honor, much to the rage of Titus.
Vindice then rips off his own disguise and tells the Duke that he has been poisoned by the one he poisoned. The Duke is horrified and his tongue begins to disintegrate. Hippolito accuses the Duke of causing their father’s death. Vindice announces that the Duke's punishment is not over yet as the Duke will witness the affair between Spurio and the Duchess as he dies. * The Duke cries out in anger and Vindice stabs him.
If they responded the only punishment they would receive would be banishment from the kingdom. Nobody replied to his statement so out of anger Oedipus announces that the person held responsible for Laius’ death will be punished to the fullest extent. He then sends Creon to retrieve Tiresias, a well-known prophet of the area to help him get any information on Laius’ murderer. Oedipus’ character flaws become evident upon the arrival of Tiresias. Tiresias tries to avoid telling Oedipus what he knows when he first arrives.
He suspects Creon of murder, and concludes that the prophet had colluded with Creon in an attempt to undermine him. So then they argue vehemently and eventually Oedipus dismisses Tiresias. However, when he leaves, he continues muttering: murderer is right here before him - a man who kill his father and marry his mother, a man who can see now but will leave in blindness in the future. Then Creon enters to face Oedipus's accusations. In spite of Creon’s protestations of innocence, the King
However, again, the difference is that Oedipus acted impulsively in a state of rage, whereas Macbeth committed acts of violence and murder as a result of careful scheming which he determined would result in his own personal gain. Certainly both characters are tragic figures. The murder of his father and marriage of his mother on the part of Oedipus qualify him as a tragic character, for the prophecies which were expressed before Oedipus even was born showed that his actions were inevitable. The efforts of his parents to avoid tragedy were of no avail against the will of the gods. In the case of Macbeth, the witches' prophecies show that the same godly forces were at work in determining the awful fate of the main character.