Modern Day Tragic Hero Compared To Not So Modern Day Tragic Hero: Macbeth and Jim Morrison Great potential, great character, leadership, the ability to bring about change, and most importantly a death that affected countless numbers of lives. These are the traits of a tragic hero. Both Macbeth and Jim Morrison share these qualities. Both were great leaders in there own respects, both had great potential and great character, and both there deaths were true tragedies. It is true that the circumstances of there lives and deaths are drastically different but I believe both are tragic heroes in there own respects.
POPOOLA 1 Dorcas Popoola Ms. Toohey ENG 3U 1ST April 1, 2013 Jay Gatsby a great modern tragic protagonist According to Aristotle a tragic hero can be defined most simply as a character that in spite of a basic goodness has a tragic flaw which eventually leads to his own down fall. A tragic hero would be a man of very high status, but not absolutely perfect, his downfall is mainly his own fault, someone who arouses solemn emotions like pity, fear, compassion and awe from the audience or readers. All of the characteristics talked about by Aristotle apply to the character of Jay Gatsby in the novel “The Great Gatsby”. The Great Gatsby is a modern novel, the tragic; Gatsby came from nothing and rise up to a high status. Although at first Gatsby might seem not to be an everyday but he realistically is an everyday man.
The phrase “sneer of cold command” suggests he was a dictator and ruled with fear and not well liked by the people he ruled over. In line 11, the plural is used for the word “works”, this suggesting that the king must have had plenty, so thus very wealthy. He also is portrayed at being very arrogant and vain in line 11 “Look at my works, ye mighty, and despair!” where is boasting about his works and telling everyone to look at them and see how mighty he is. Although the inscription at the foot of the statue reveals to us who this poem is about, it also shows his idea of his own power calling himself “king of kings”. 2.
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.
Othello: A Tragic Hero Othello is the epitome of a tragic hero. He starts out as a rather respectable and rational General, but was eventually consumed by jealousy and anger. A tragic hero must start out high in power and have tragic flaws that lead him to ultimately a tragedy. Othello’s tragic flaw is that he is easily manipulated, leading him to trust the wrong people. The play begins by showing the readers that Othello is a noble General.
Was the Novel’s Ending Appropriate? How did the party and big brother manage to stay in power? Emmanuel Goldstein, the enemy of the party, is used as a scapegoat for all of the party’s problems, and is used as an excuse to always be at war with one of the surrounding empires of Eastasia and Eurasia. In the end of the book, Winston comes to accept the party over all aspects of his life, even coming to believe that he loved big brother, who he had hated at the beginning of the book. Readers are often angered by the ending of 1984 because of Winston’s betrayal of his previous life for the acceptance of the party.
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?
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.
Joe Yanulevich A tragic hero is someone of superior qualities and status, who suffers a reversal of fortune due to major character flaws. In the novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Achebe portrays his own characterization of a tragic hero through Okonkwo, the main character. Okonkwo is a self-made, well-respected member of the Umuofia clan. Though outwardly stern and powerful, much of his life is dictated by internal fear. His greatest, overwhelming worry is that he will become like his father; lazy, unable to support his family, and cowardly.
Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero One may think that they have it rough. Little do they know that one’s problems can seem so small compared to someone as significant as a tragic hero. Oedipus had to go through a lot and contradict himself and judge himself, then come to accept himself to become the hero we know him as today. Oedipus Rex is a person of great promise, ability and integrity, which makes his a tragic hero. He shows this by being proactive in moving away from his father Polybus, a Dorian, and his mother Merope, of Corinth.