Swag. In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw that in the end is the cause of his downfall. This play is an example of a Shakespearean tragic play because it has all of the characteristics of the tragic play. As defined by Aristotle, a tragic play has a beginning, middle, and end, unity of time and place, a tragic hero, and the concept of catharsis.
Tragic hero, a Tragic hero is a not so perfect person of high social status. That then has a downfall from his from his high title in society and pays for all of his wrong doing. During or after his downfall he has a moment of clarity finally realizing what he has done. In the book “Oedipus The King” Oedipus shows to be a true tragic hero. Using Oedipus as an ideal model, Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be an important or influential man who makes an error in judgment, and who must then suffer the consequences of his actions.
Although Brutus was one of his best friends he was also the one who delivered the final blow to Caesar in his assassination, he is the tragic hero of this story from William Shakespeare. The definition of a tragic hero states that the hero has learned from his mistake. Also the tragic hero is a leader of men so that his people experience his fall with him just like Brutus. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus, and Caesar: what should be in that Caesar?
He also loses reputation due to his fatal flaw. In Act 1 Scene 2, we know that Macbeth is the main character, because of his brave actions in the battle. A tragic hero’s exceptional nature generally raises him above the average level of humanity. “Disdaining fortune with his brandished steel” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 17) Macbeth’s heroism can be seen by the way Macbeth rejects ‘fortune’ that is personified as a glorious warrior. Macbeth is described as ‘Brave Macbeth’ and also as the servant of the God Valour; he is ‘Valour’s minion.’ This is hyperbole, because a human being can’t fight as if he was the servant of god Valour.
Sacrifices for Honor Joseph Campbell stated, “A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than oneself.” In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is established as a tragic hero due to his idealistic and sensible qualities. His need to preserve an honor allows him to possess a mindset that favors the best of others. This mindset triggers his fall under cynical circumstances that are beyond what is expected to happen. By outlining Brutus’s tragedy, it is indicated that his seemingly ignoble decisions are genuinely intended to create changes for the Romans. As a tragic hero, Brutus maintains noble intentions throughout the play.
3: Oedipus Rex suffers awful downfalls on his journey to become the tragic hero he is today. He grieves with many flaws, errors in judgment, intervention of the gods, terrible fate and bad luck. His tragic flaw is demonstrating many acts of hubris. One can hear Oedipus sound arrogant when he says “Nothing will move me. I will find out the whole truth(61).” His judgment is flawed by emotional pressure that causes him to lose a sense of balance from the beginning when he is shunned by Creon and he feels that they are trying to take his place.
Robert B. Heilman proves my point that he is impulsive and after he regrets the decisions he has made and wishes he had chose a different one. Romeo is also responsible for his downfall. He makes a lot of mistakes and thinks he is brave but is very weak. He kills Tybalt and gets banished, not just from Verona but also from Juliet. His tragic flaw part of the reason for his downfall, resulting in his death.
A tragic hero is a noble character in a work of literature that dies because they fall into forces beyond their control. These forces ultimately lead to the death of the tragic hero. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar; the character Marcus Brutus fits the definition of a tragic hero. Marcus Brutus is a tragic hero because, though he has great nobility and is very loyal as a character, he also has a tragic flaw, his naïve manner, which leads to his downfall. Brutus had great promise, ability, and strength, and used it to his advantage.
Oedipus, like many men, has his flaws. His tragic flaw is what makes him a tragic hero and what leads to his downfall. From his rashness to overbearing pride, Oedipus is not perfect. And it is these flaws that bring his expected descend from glory, not destiny nor fate. It wasn’t fate that caused him to kill Laius, or took him down the path to Thebes, or even to leave his home land with no prior plan to go anywhere, it was his rashness and pride that caused him to act out on anger and little thinking.
This could be explained by Lady Macbeth’s ambition and the fact that Brutus was in state of chaos when his wife killed herself. These two characters also differ in their motives for the murder. Brutus kill Caesar with other conspirators because he was manipulated by Cassius that killing Caesar will benefit Rome, while Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to gain power for herself. Additionally, both Brutus and Lady Macbeth are faced with guilt by the end of the play, which is portrayed in Brutus’s vision of Caesar’s ghost and Lady