The hero in a Greek tragedy is usually the main character who is known to do great deeds throughout the story, but the sad truth is that a flaw such as fervor or arrogance is what leads to his disgrace. For example, the main character either dies or becomes banished in the stories. Greek dramas are mostly centered around the rise and downfall of the "hero". Usually the tragic hero or heroine in a story is of noble birth and displays a
Of all of Cassius’s traits, there are three that are the most seen; he is jealous, a liar, and a manipulator. To begin, Cassius is a very greedy man and shows his jealousy constantly throughout the play. One example of this is when he was talking to Brutus while Caesar was being offered the crown. He says “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about. To find ourselves dishonorable graves.” Referring that Caesar was better than them and that Cassius wanted to be Caesar.
Alexis Alicia DeWitt 15 October 2012 Cuevas 6 Oedipus Rex Literary Analysis Ignorance is Bliss: Why Ruin it? Sophocles once said, “Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.” All through history many hard working people fall due to ignorance. Oedipus Rex, a play written by Sophocles, is about a man born with a cursed life. Oedipus, the main character, was born with a wretched, lugubrious fate such as; marrying his mother and slaughtering his father. Oedipus’ parents, Jocasta and Laius, sent Oedipus to die because of his fate.
Othello fits into the classical mould of a Greek tragedy, brought about by Aristotle many years before the play was written. A Greek tragedy is based on conflict and depicts the downfall of high-ranking characters, who make fatal errors of judgement (hamartia) because of their overweening ambition and pride (hubris), and they are swiftly destroyed by the consequences of their actions. Aristotle stated that a tragic hero should have qualities that the ordinary person would also possess, but the tragedy is best when it ends unhappily, making the audience feel pity and fear. Othello is a highly original tragedy in many ways. He is a high-ranking general and is descended from a line of kings, as well as being overambitious when marrying Desdemona, possibly overreaching himself when he tries to combine the two lifestyles.
Ahmad Rathore 3/25/11 Creon: An Aristotelian Tragic Hero Aristotle, an ancient Literary Critic believed that in order for a character to be a tragic hero, the character must fulfill certain qualities. In Sophocles’ Tragedy Antigone, Creon who was once the cities most favored King, fell to ruin after causing the death of his own son. Not only did he kill his own son, his wife committed suicide because of such unbearable news. According to Aristotle Creon executes such criterion to the highest extent. Aristotle believed that a tragic hero must have been a man of greatness and nobility, while still being flawed in essence to his personality.
Elliot Campos Nielsen A.P. English 14 October 2011 Oedipus: Guilty? I'll be the Judge of ThatIn the tragedy of Oedipus the King, it is Oedipus who is responsible for the fulfillment of his own catastrophic fate. In the pattern of a tragic play, it is by his own flaws that he creates a ripple, disrupting his life and setting the misfortunes into motion that ultimately result in his declension. In his own hands is the guilt of; the death of his wife, his children being cast from their home, and the eventual blinding of himself.
The prophet Teiresias comes to Creon and after an initial resistance, Creon repents and decides to go and free Antigone. He finds that he is too late, however, and rather tragically, Antigone has hung herself, Haemon falls on his sword before Creon’s eyes and the body of Creon’s wife is found shortly after, leaving Creon a broken man. First thing I would like to talk about is how I think Antigone is the tragic hero. She is a tragic hero because a tragic hero is described as a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, when combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In this specific play, Antigone's fatal
In the play Antigone; By Sophocles, Antigone’s two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, were murdered by one another when Eteocles tried to stop Polyneices from entering the city of Thebes. Antigone’s uncle Creon, the King of Thebes, graced Eteocles with a proper burial while Polyneices body was sentenced to be put in the dessert and rot. No burial was granted and the people of Thebes where not even allowed to morn his death. When news of this law had reached Antigone, she was outraged and determined to give her brother the burial he deserved despite what Creon had ordered. Ismene, Antigone’s sister, agreed that Polyneices deserved a proper burial but was not going to go against the laws set out by her uncle and the King.
Character: Laertes In Hamlet, Act IV, scene v, Laertes comes back from France. Furious to learn that his father is dead, Laertes wants to avenge his death. Claudius tries to clam him down with no prevail. Gertrude also tries to pacify Laertes, but the matter only becomes worse asOphelia reenters, insane. This ignites Laertes even more to ﬁnd out who is responsible for Polonius’ death.
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.