This play exhibits tragedy because, though Proctor had many opportunities to change his fate, he chooses his demise because his tragic flaw prohibits him from doing otherwise. John Proctor is the tragic hero of the play, “The Crucible.” He has a high social status in the town, yet, because of his tragic flaw, he cannot bring himself to prevent his own death and tragic downfall. Proctor exhibits these tragic traits, making this play a tragedy of self-respect prevailing over shame and public
Romeo has no control over the bad event that is to occur, it is his fate. Romeo says that the misfortunate event will lead to his death. “But he that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail” (1012). A metaphor is being used in this passage because Shakespeare compares Romeo’s life to a course. The he referred to in the passage is fate.
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE DEATH OF ROMEO AND JULIET AND WHY? In Romeo and Juliet it is not just WHO is to blame but what emotions are to blame. This essay will prove it is evident that Romeo, Friar Lawrence and Love are all to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This will be shown in three key points; firstly, Romeo for being banished; secondly, Friar Lawrence for his part in marrying them and giving Juliet the poison; and thirdly, love as shown by Romeo when he hears Juliet is dead. After completing this it will be evident that Romeo, Friar Lawrence and love are all to blame.
Antigone; Polynices sister tries to bury him and Creon has her captured for a punishment. In ‘Antigone’ Creon is the tragic hero because he displays the elements of a Greek tragedy peripeteia, anagnorisis and hubris. Hubris is the excessive pride of arrogance; it is the quality in a character that most often brings about their downfall in tragedy. Creon portrays hubris toward several characters in the play like; Antigone and Teiresias. '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.
Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, explores the tragic lives and deaths of two "star-crossed lovers". Both Romeo and Juliet are unable to escape their dreadful destiny, even through the strength of their love. While fate plays a significant role in the tragic deaths of the two lovers, human error and weakness also contribute to their deaths. Therefore, the tragedy is that both fortune and the actions of others make their deaths inevitable. Human error was one of the main contributing factors that led to the death of Romeo and Juliet, there were mistakes made by both Romeo and Juliet and those around them that had a direct impact on their lives.
It is through all of these errors and mistakes that the plot of Act 5, Scene 1 helps to make Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy. The characters in Act 5, Scene 1, and the way they act contribute to making Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. In the scene, Romeo is hasty and impetuous. His refusal to listen to others and his running to the apothecary seals Romeo’s fate and brings on the final tragedy of the
Romeo fails to receive the message informing him that Juliet is not dead; this leads to his wild and insane intention to take his own life. Juliet does not wake in time to save Romeo and as a result, takes her own life. Tragic events are foreshadowed in Romeo and Juliet, for example, from the prologue the audience is made aware that the ‘star crossed lovers’ take their life’s’. This quote suggests that it was the fate of both lovers to end in such tragedy. The term ‘star crossed lovers’ is a phrase describing a pair of lovers, whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start.
However, Claudius had a chance to make a choice, but since his desires for power and treasures were so overwhelming, he chose the murderous path. Knight states "Claudius cannot be blamed for his actions/ they are [rather] forced on him," (Knight, 6-7) and he argues that Claudius's murderous actions and plot of killing were backed up by self-defense to protect from Hamlet from taking away his throne and love of his life. Knight argued that his human sins of greed and envy foreshadowed his rightful judgment which leads him into these behaviors of wanting everything for himself. Furthermore, Knight claims that Hamlet is "inhuman, whose consciousness is centered on death/ As King of Denmark he would have a thousand times more dangerous than Claudius" (Knight, 9-10) because of the impact of finding out the truth
At the end of every tragic play, the audience must feel pity or remorse for the deceased hero. This is also known as catharsis, which means purging of emotions. However these negative emotions are washed away because the tragic hero's death is an example of the axiom of true Puritan values. John Proctor, a character in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, is a classic tragic hero because he contains all the elements of a tragic hero such as hamartia, peripeteia, catharsis, and despite not being born into nobility, he possesses many noble characteristics. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor's fatal flaw was his overwhelming hubris that made him eventually succumb to his death.
Shakespeare uses the element of foreshadowing to help build suspense, but does he also use it to prove the myth of fate? There is a lot of reference to the stars and their foretelling powers as well as references to religion and heaven. Prince’s speech at the end of the play contributes to the theory of the heavens killing Romeo and Juliet as a punishment for the “Ancient Grudge” between the families. “ See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys wit love!” The Prince thinks that the death of the two families heirs is a punishment from the heavens (gods) for their disturbance in Verona, he also thinks that the sad and tragic suicides bring not only mourning but also peace. The Heavens are included in religion and the fact that Friar Lawrence plays a major role in the play and become Juliet and Romeos closest Trustee.