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Hamlet as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play - Hamlet as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play According to the Aristoltelian view of tragedy, a tragic hero must fall through his own error. This is typically called "the tragic flaw" and can be applied to any characteristic that causes the downfall of a hero. Hamlet can be seen as a aristotelian tragedy and hamlet as its tragic hero. Hamlet's flaw, which in accordance with Aristotle's principles of tragedy causes demise, is his inability to act. This defect of hamlet's character is displayed throughout the play....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 740 words
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Aristotle’s Poetics - Courageous and admirable with noble qualities defines a heroine. In Aristotle’s Poetics he describes a tragic hero as a character who is larger than life and through fate and a flaw they destroy themselves. Additionally, Aristotle states excessive pride is the hubris of a tragic hero. The hero is very self-involved; they are blind to their surroundings and commit a tragic action. A tragedy describes a story that evokes sadness and awe, something larger than life. Furthermore, a tragedy of a play results in the destruction of a hero, evoking catharsis and feelings of pity and fear among the audience....   [tags: tragic hero, heroines, the medea]
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Romeo's Tragic Downfall - On the surface, Romeo & Juliet is a simple tragic love story: boy meets girl, they fall in love, time elapses, things go wrong, and an end is met. But if you ask why was the end met, well there's where you get into the details of the story and the individual aspects of the mostly nondescript characters, in particular Romeo himself. Look into his ridiculously romantic lines, and you'll notice either the flaw in his character, the mistake he made, or the way fate plays with its toys. From the text itself, you can glean all three ideas of how Romeo fell from atop his tower of happiness and love, but the prologue states crystal clear as crystal that: Two households, both alike in dignity/ (In f...   [tags: love, directors, tragedy]
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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in Willian Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in Willian Shakespeare's Macbeth Two and a half thousand years ago, Aristotle defined a tragedy as 'an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude.' Two thousand years later, Shakespeare reincarnated this and other classical principles in the form of his four great tragedies; Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Aristotle laid down some elements which he and other classical theorists seemed to think necessary in a tragedy....   [tags: Papers] 2672 words
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Tragic Flaws of Othello and Oedipus Rex - The future is decided and determined for us by our actions and choices. Humans get to determine which path they desire to proceed along, even if it may seem like the wrong choice. The flaws that each human possesses also contribute to shaping our destinies. Just like in the tragic dramas, the hero of the play exhibits flaws that influence their demise and defeat. A tragic drama is defined as a drama where the hero, or the main character, is brought to devastation or to endure pain and distress. It is usually an outcome from one’s tragic flaw or weakness....   [tags: Othello, Oedipus Rex]
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Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby According to Aristotle, there are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero: he must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero according to Aristotle's definition.   Jay Gatsby is an enormously rich man, and in the flashy years of the jazz age, wealth defined importance....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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Hamlet is More Tragic than Antigone - Aristotle views tragedy as an “imitation of an action that is serious,complete and of a certain length and scope in language pleasurably embellished with each kind of artistic ornament” (Gassner 23).The audience should be introduced to a story which, even when merely told, it produces a thrill of horror and pity and a kind of pleasure and is most effective between kindred . Aristotle lays out Aristotle lays out specific ingredients to a tragedy including a plot, characters, thought (intellect), diction and song....   [tags: compare contrast comparison] 1076 words
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Macbeth: The Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth was one of Shakespeare's most tragic heros. He had flaws and weaknesses, he was very noble but lost his good qualities through the play. He was brave and a courageous noble man who got corrupted by superstition, Love, and overwhelming enthusiasm. Three points that contributed to Macbeths decay are first the prophecy that was told by the three witches, Lady Macbeth's influence and manipulation, and finally Macbeths long going enthusiasm to be king. He might of been the courageous hero at the beginning of the play but progressed in a downward spiral which caused his condemnation, and made him into a tragic hero....   [tags: prophecy, manipultion, murder]
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The Role of Fate in Oedipus the King - Fate played an important part in the plays and literature of the Greeks as is shown in Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex Sophocles lived during the Golden Age of Greece. He is renowned as one of the greatest dramaticist of western literature. He was a greek through and through as he held important political positions, and he even served as the priest of the haling diety Amynos. During his life tragedies were popular plays of the greeks, and Sophocles noted for his writing abilites of the time, made one such play about tragedy....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 1064 words
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The Fate and The Blindness of Young Love - The Fate and The Blindness of Young Love Works Cited Missing Fate and love plays a major part in plays as far back as the Greek and Elizabethan days. Shakespeare uses this as a theme in many of this plays. In Romeo and Juliet, the whole play is based upon fate and love. There are various parts in the play where fate is mentioned or played out. The very first time it is mentioned is in the prologue....   [tags: Papers] 1189 words
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Oedipus the King: A Victim of Fate - Oedipus the King would not have been successful throughout centuries as a tragic play, if Oedipus were clearly responsible for his own tragedy. The play's ongoing success was do to Oedipus' innocence which immediately makes one think he can not be fully responsible and to blame. I do not believe Sophocles would have wrote the story, or I do not think people would have ever read it or studied it had it simply been a story of a criminal's retribution. Sophocles himself believed Oedipus to be the innocent victim of an ironic tragedy, and built the play around this belief....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 957 words
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Oedipus: Do Not Try to Control Your Fate - “Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.” In other words, the connotation of this anonymous quote states that despite whatever one chooses to decide, the outcome of their choices and decisions will still result to their predetermined fate. Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus the King, demonstrates this statement throughout the play in the role of his tragic hero Oedipus. In the course of Oedipus’ actions of trying to escape his predestined fortune, his fate and flaws of being human played major roles to bring about his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles] 1063 words
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Fate Versus Free Will in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet, the classic tragedy written by William Shakespeare, is often categorized into the lesson of fate versus free will. “The deliberate construction of the play so that its action seems to lead inevitably to the catastrophe of the young lovers' deaths is known as Shakespeare's "tragic design." (Overview of Romeo and Juliet) William Shakespeare wants the audience to realize that Romeo and Juliet are destined to cross paths, hence the title of “star-crossed lovers”. Numerous tricks of chance in the play support this theory: for example, Romeo's failed attempt to stop the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt and Friar John's inability to leave Verona due to the plague....   [tags: tragedy, love, death]
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Humanity's Fate in King Lear - Humanity's Fate in King Lear Many tragedies have been written throughout history. The purpose of these tragedies were to illustrate some type of moral lesson. The tragic situation involves man's miscalculation of reality and the fatal results of those miscalculations. Our tragic hero must endure a great deal of suffering. It ends in his ruin or destruction. We must also understand that tragedy not only destroys the guilty, but also the innocent. The tragic hero represents what could happen to humankind....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 1824 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles: Fate over Free Will - Whether “fate” or “free will” is in control of our lives has always been a highly questionable controversy—even today. Many of those with religious views believe there is a higher power that has a predestined plan for each one of us and our life is not in our own hands at all. If we knew our fate, do we have the power of free will to change our future. In the play, Oedipus, fate becomes the determining factor of Oedipus’s life and even with “free will”, there was no way to prevent his inevitable destruction....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Informative]
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Fate and The Circunstancial Downfall of Character in Oedipus Rex - Circumstantial Downfall Fate and the circumstantial downfall of characters (usually surrounding the protagonist) is a reoccurring theme seen throughout the Eras of theatre (specifically between the plays Oedipus Rex [Greek Theatre] and King Lear [Elizabethan Thatre.]) Fate and falling victim to circumstance is one of the same; fate is just a predetermination made by a higher being (gods,) while circumstance is almost always the result of causation; contrary to the psychological phrase correlation does not imply causation which means that a relation between two variables does not imply that one is the cause of the other....   [tags: sophocles, king lear] 626 words
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Boundaries of Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Boundaries of Fate and Free Will in Oedipus the King   The ancient Greeks firmly believed that the universe was guided strictly by order and fate. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles has examined the relationship between free will and fate, suggesting that free will paradoxically exists inside the boundaries of fate. It may be concluded, however, that man has free will and is ultimately held responsible for his own actions.   Oedipus' destruction was brought about by a combination of fate and free will....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Power of Prophecy - Free Will and Fate in Oedipus the King        The Greeks believed that the universe was guided in a harmoniums purpose by cosmic order and fate. Sophocles has, in Oedipus the King, depicted the underlying relationship of man's free will existing within the cosmic order and fate. Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions.   Oedipus' destruction was brought about by a combination of fate and free will. He was a victim of fate for it was foretold at his birth that he would marry his mother and murder his father....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Workings of Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate in Oedipus Rex   Sophocles' tragic tale of Oedipus presents the reader with a very bleak view of mankind and the world in general. According to the story, every person is predestined to enact a role scripted by fate, a "mysterious power" that rules even the greatest of Greek gods (Hamilton, 27). In this tale, the source of this fate is not as clear as its function.      The first of many allusions to fate in Oedipus the King comes from the chorus, which calls upon the gods Athena, Artemis, and Phoebus (Apollo), "three averters of Fate," (Sophocles 163) to save Thebes.  The phrase implied that the gods could help man avoid the dictates of fate, but that they cannot alter fate.  S...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing - The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing Shakespeare's tragedies are, for the most part, stories of one person, the "hero," or at most two, to include the "heroine." Only the Love Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra)are exceptions to this pattern. In these plays, the heroine is as much at the center of action as the hero. The rest of the tragedies, including Macbeth, have single stars, so the tragic story is concerned primarily with oneperson....   [tags: Papers] 2829 words
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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - ... Furthermore, an inexperienced Catholic missionary working in Africa, named Cabot Searcy, experiences the suicide of his best friend, which causes him to embark on an obsessive mission to find out why God would give such a loyal Catholic such an unfortunate fate. Cabot's compulsive investigation lead to a difficult divorce with his fiancee, him becoming an aggressive atheist, which eventually lead to his unintentional encounter with the Witter family, and the cause for Gabriel’s death. The mindsets being evaluated are those of the protagonists Cullen Witter and Cabot Searcy....   [tags: tragic disappearance, brother cullen] 651 words
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Edith Wharton Shows Love Can be Stupid in Ethan Frome - ... Eventually, they’re forced to stay in Frome’s home (due to the winter storms) where the narrator sees two women; Zeena and Mattie. All look unhappy, and Mattie looks slightly dead. The novel now begins in Ethan’s past when Mattie ( Zeena’s cousin) is forced to live with the Fromes. Zeena, Fromes sickly wife grows weary of Mattie and complains in every opportunity possible. One day, Zeena has to leave to see her doctor. This gives Ethan and Mattie time alone; here Ethan is far happier than ever before....   [tags: irrationality, blinded, tragic]
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Consequences of Forbidden Love in Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet - ... Romeo and Juliet are stuck in this bad fortune and Romeo even goes as far as to say “I am fortune’s fool”. This is significant because it is saying that their free will to love each other and be together is nonexistent. They are doomed from the start no matter what actions they try and take their destiny is in not in their favor. Love however in this story is the entire meaning to everything. Love is why Romeo and Juliet die. Love is why everything gets so complicated and so upsetting. Love is everything and more in this play and leads up to the most tragic endings to a love story in the history of love stories and the most unexpected losses for two lovers and their families....   [tags: fate, loss, control, love] 1074 words
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Oedipus: The Two-Face of Ancient Greece - ... He likes the idea of being deaf as well because it separates him from the world and extends upon this by saying, “O Cithaeron why did you give me shelter. Why didn’t you take me, crush my life out on the spot. I’d never have revealed my birth to all mankind” (243). The most basic definition of justice is fairness. The way the question marks are used in this quote suggest that a Oedipus does not like Cithaeron’s actions, especially Cithaeron sparing of him. This implies that Oedipus would not have had to suffer having his prophecy come true and experiencing the pain that follows if Cithaeron had killed him....   [tags: Sophocles tragic drama] 961 words
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Oedipus Tyranius and The Illiad - Sophocles once said, “Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships outrun it.” When pondering life, one often stumbles upon the principles of fate and free will. Do we as humans really have full control of our life and our actions. Do we have a predestined time to die or is our last breath purely a result of the choices we make. Perhaps Sophocles is correct and there is an element of fate in the universe that ultimately determines what we say, what we do, who we meet, and what trials and tribulations come our way....   [tags: fate, free will, destruction] 664 words
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Looking at Othello as a Tragic Hero - Looking at Othello as a Tragic Hero "Killing myself, to die upon a kiss." Othello's death brings a sense of justice to the play, one of the main forms and conventions of a tragedy. But if 'Othello' is a tragedy then Othello must be a tragic hero. Traditionally a tragedy follows the downfall of an individual who is usually high up in society (such as a king). This downfall is triggered by a fatal flaw in the tragic hero's character. During the play the audience must have many different feelings towards the hero, from respect to anger and maybe even pity....   [tags: Papers] 1015 words
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Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles - In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles we the reader are presented with the tragic events that befell that of Antigone (the character) when he tried to do right by the laws endowed by the gods. These laws would inevitably clash with the royal edict King Creon asserted (no one was to “grace him with sepulture or lament, but leave him unburied…Antigone 11). In the play Antigone becomes the embodiment of the natural laws; endowed upon by the gods, and those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost....   [tags: gods, law, tragic events] 1005 words
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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Driven by Fate - The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex Before we approach this complex question inductively, we are at first obliged to contemplate what definitions and assumptions are being made. This essay, perhaps more so than others, requires a more extensive look at this aspect of the question, because of the sheer variety of possible responses. However, I now have reduced them to three possibilities. Firstly, we could make the assumption that perhaps as destiny controls all fates, then Oedipus' character was created long before he was conceived....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1115 words
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tragoed Essay on the Tragic Flaws of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Tragic Flaws of Oedipus Rex At one time in our lives there is a moment that we may think of ourselves as better than someone or something else. There may also be a point when making a decision leads to a great error in judgment. In the play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, both of these characteristics can be seen in the main character. These characteristics are known as tragic flaws. These flaws are known as hubris meaning excess pride, leading to overconfidence, and hamartia meaning errors and weakness in judgment....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 695 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Hero - Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero The most recent meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by Microsoft Works dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness." Many characters in the play were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but without argue, Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes are due to his own actions, and the rest of the cast were merely victims of this. Macbeth's action's lead to his very nemises. From the beginning of the play this tragedy of his was manifested through forces beyond human; the supernatural if you will....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 934 words
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Tragedy in Tess of the D’Urberville by Thomas Hardy - ... John is a prime example of how the D’Urberville name has immediately affected Tess’ family. Tess’ fate with the D’Urberville name begins when Joan learns of the D’Urbervilles. “My project is to send Tess to claim kin”, she wants Tess to marry Alec for wealth not for love. Hardy’s heroine can instantly sense what she believes to be good and bad. Although her family does not see it she soon realises why she was reluctant to listen to her mother in claiming her kin. From the very beginning of the novel Hardy seems to be aware of Tess’ fate....   [tags: suffering, fate, heroine]
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The Tragic Death of Romeo and Juliet - The Tragic Death of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet set in Verona Italy, is one of the many plays written by William Shakespeare and also one of the many tragedies. It was this tragedy that could only stop the feud between two warring families. Shakespeare makes it very simple that although this tale of two ‘star-crossed’ lovers is a tragedy. That they are in no way to blame for the fate that befalls them. Instead the blame has gone partly to their two families who have had an ancient feud between one another, if it was not for this Tybalt and Juliet would not of died and Romeo not exiled from Verona....   [tags: Papers] 1891 words
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The Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet - The Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, two young and helpless star-crossed lovers that deal with war, rivalry, death and tragedy throughout the play. Whom is to blame for the traggic death of both. Their raging parents that are never settled. Friar Lawrence that married them both. The old nurse that cares for Juliet. Or is it all just bad luck and a coincidence. Shakespeares' intention of the play suggests that everything is all down to Fate and the stars. Right at the start of the play, the Prologue says that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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Macbeth - A Tragic Hero - William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, written in the 1600’s is a perfect example of Shakespeare’s ability to manipulate his audience through creating a tragic hero. A tragic hero who, because of a flaw, tumbles from a well-respected hero to a cowardless murderer. It is through Shakespeare’s manipulation of figurative language, dramatic conventions and social expectations of the seventeenth century, do the audience witness the demise of this mixed up man. Macbeth’s persona of the tragic hero is enhanced even more when the characters around him influence his decisions, creating mayhem inside his mind and disorder throughout Scotland....   [tags: essays research papers] 2118 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, "The best tragic plot moves the hero from prosperity to misfortune, occasioned not by depravity, but by some great mistake he makes. The plot of Macbeth follows these basic guidelines; throughout the play we follow the path of the main character as his life is torn apart as a result of the colossal mistake he makes when he kills Duncan. It is for this and the many ensuing reasons that we can say that Macbeth accurately portrays the image of a tragic hero as outlined by Aristotle....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1075 words
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Is Romeo and Juliet a Love Story? - Is Romeo and Juliet a Love Story. Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' Erich Fromm. Romeo and Juliet is based on immature love, and is not a true love story. Love is a great source of passion throughout the world. Though love is considered a good emotion, it can also be one of the biggest flaws a person can have. When one is in love, they will basically do anything to be with the one they love. They don’t care about the number of rules they break, or how much they change themselves, as long as they can be with the one they truly love....   [tags: fate, shakespeare, emotions]
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Examining the Tragic Protagonists of "Oedipus Rex" and "Hamlet" - Tragedy can be defined as the downfall of a protagonist through some fatal error or misjudgment, producing suffering and insight on the part of the main character and arousing pity and fear on the part of the audience. Of all the characteristics of tragedy, one is most important: the tragic hero must be essentially admirable and good. In both the common tragedies, “Oedipus Rex” and “Hamlet”, both main characters are generally good. In either play, both Hamlet and Oedipus make a flaw that will cost them an extreme suffering, and in “Hamlet”, that concludes in many deaths....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Hamlet] 644 words
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Oedipus: The Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Antigone - An Aristotelian Tragic Hero is characterized by seven different aspects; the tragic hero must have noble stature, be good but not perfect, have an error in judgment, have a downfall, go through catharsis, their punishment must exceed crime, and the audience must feel fear and pity for the character. The two plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles show the qualities of a tragic hero according to Aristotle using Oedipus and partially Antigone. The tragic hero title does not apply to a character that does not represent one or more characteristics....   [tags: judgement, pity, catharsis]
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Tragic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Irony of Macbeth   There are many types of irony used in Macbeth. Without the irony, the tragedy would not be quite so tragic. One type of irony used in Macbeth is verbal irony. This is when a character says one thing and means the opposite. Examples of this are when Macbeth says to Banquo, “Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir, And I’ll request your presence (III, i, 13-14)” or when he says “Fail not our feast (III, i, 28).” Verbal irony makes the play more tragic because, if the reader understands the irony of what a character is saying, then the reader can see the true nature and intentions of the character....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 503 words
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Cassandra as a Tragic Figure - &#65279;Cassandra as a Tragic Figure Cassandra is a tragic figure in Agamemnon. She is destroyed by a web of circumstances beyond her control, but not beyond her awareness. Cassandra has full knowledge of what is going to happen, yet she cannot change the tragic events. Cassandra’s tragic role is Agamemnon is best filled in three instances: as Cassandra is getting out of the chariot, during her dialogue with the leader of the chorus when she reveals her prophecy, and as she is approaching the doors to face her death....   [tags: essays research papers] 419 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero - Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero       Shakespeare's Macbeth follows the journey of nobleman Macbeth that starts with him as Thane of Glamis and ends with him as King of Scotland. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he possesses all the traits that Aristotle outlined in his poetics. He said that the tragic hero must be a man that is higher than mortal worth, but has tragic flaws. Aristotle also stated that the flaws will lead to great suffering and usually death; the cause being fate....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Okonkwo: The Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart - A character with a tragic flaw is one who consistently makes a particular error in their actions and this eventually leads to their doom. Okonkwo, a perfect tragic character, is driven by his fear of unmanliness, which causes him to act harshly toward his fellow tribesmen, his family and himself. He judges all people by how manly they act. In Okonkwo’s eyes a man is a violent, hard working, wealthy person and anyone who does not meet these standards he considers weak. Okonkwo’s fear of unmanliness is kindled by his father, who was a lazy, unaccomplished man....   [tags: Things Fall Apart] 470 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth was a Tragic Hero - Macbeth was a Tragic Hero Macbeth exhibits most, if not all, of the classic traits of a Shakespearean tragic hero almost flawlessly. From his rise to greatness to his ultimate destruction and death, he is most certainly a tragic hero. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a thane--a high-ranking vassal to the king, much like a duke. Macbeth is also an extraordinary general. Macbeth meets three witches after his victory in a great battle. The witches already know his weakest point and act upon it....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays] 1036 words
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The Tragic Heroes and their Effect on Humanity in Homer's "the Iliad" and "the Aeneid" - During their reading of the Iliad and the Aeneid, scores of readers only see the two great poets commenting on the nature of war and destruction. What countless do not see, however, are there passionate outcries on behalf of the tragic heroes and humanity itself. The author of the Iliad, Homer, has been theorized by some to be a collection of writers working in collaboration. Nevertheless, this author had an immeasurable effect on ancient Greek culture. The Aeneid was written by Virgil, who was born in 70 BCE and had two other works in addition to his epic masterpiece....   [tags: Iliad, Aeneid, ]
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Creon' Exemplification of Aristotle's Tragic Hero in Antigone by Sophocles - Throughout literary history, tragic heroes have been defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. However, philosophers such as Aristotle tried to find connections between tragic heroes in Greek plays. This in-depth analysis of tragic heroes lead Aristotle to create six criteria for a true tragic hero: He or she has to be a Noble figure of royalty and noble in character, has to be imperfect by design, has a flaw or error that is a choice, is punished excessively for this choice flaw, has to undergo a downfall that leads to a realization, and the story of this tragic hero has to make the audience reach a moment of catharsi...   [tags: noble, flaw, downfall] 1509 words
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The Tragic Heros in Macbeth and Things Fall Apart - Macbeth, a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century is a play that expresses how ambition destroys people and how a strong pull for desire of power can have over a man. Macbeth is a tragic hero and had it not been for the witches prophecies and his wife's ambition and interaction with him, the play would be been ended very differently. From the beginning, Macbeth is doomed by fate to descend into the madness, which in the end he did. Of course like every other tragic hero, Macbeth had a tragic fall which lead him to his ultimate downfall....   [tags: classics, william shakespeare]
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Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragic Hero in Antigone Antigone is a Greek tragic piece that stresses the use of power and morality versus the law written by Sophocles. Both Antigone and Creon, the main characters in the play, could represent the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. In my opinion, Creon best qualifies for being the tragic hero and fitting the definition read in the previous sentence. The things he said, did, and the comments that were made by those around him show how a man with everything could lose it all due to his own behavior....   [tags: Antigone essays] 733 words
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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero - Tragedies have been written, told, and acted out for a number of years. Aristotle defined in his book, Poetics that a tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis, or purging of emotions. A tragic play that perfectly completes this cycle of emotions is Oedipus the King by Sophocles. This play follows a king of the town of Thebes through his journey of the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis. It is a tale of a man who unknowingly kills his father and fathers the children of his mother as well....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 688 words
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Means To Tragic Ends (oedipus - Does man really have free will, or does free will lie within a system of limitations that gradually compose a web of circumstantial fate that ultimately cannot be torn apart. The events in both Oedipus The King and Antigone controversially suggests that man ultimately chooses his own deeds and endures fate and the responsibilities for them. These events brought by fate are unmistakably aggravated by certain characteristics within the characters. Oedipus, from Oedipus The King, Antigone, and Creon, both from Antigone possess such flawed characteristics that lead to their tragic ends....   [tags: essays research papers] 1090 words
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet When William Shakespeare wrote ‘Romeo & Juliet’ he told a tale of “A pair of star crossed lovers”. The role of fate plays an important role in the play. The themes of conflict, love, revenge, religion & destiny all tie in with the role of fate. Romeo & Juliet were both born into and “ancient grudge” fuelled by two formidable families, the Capulets and Montagues. Fate plays a very important role in the play, and at the end of the play we come to the tragic deaths of Romeo & Juliet....   [tags: Papers] 1108 words
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A Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain", said by Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent) in the movie The Dark Knight, describes perfectly the theme of William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. Even more so, Harvey Dent's words show the characteristics of the tragic hero in the production, Marcus Brutus. Most would argue that his part in the assassination of Caesar would make him the antagonist, or villain, but throughout a series of events in the play, it is logical to conclude that Brutus was indeed the hero....   [tags: assassination, mistake, honor]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: Willy Loman is NOT a Tragic Hero - Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: Willy Loman is NOT a Tragic Hero In The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is argued weather that Willy Loman is a tragic hero. There are cases for both classifications of Willy. By definition, a tragic hero is a person born into nobility, is responsible for their own fate, endowed with a tragic flaw, and doomed to make a serious error in judgment. The tragic hero eventually falls from great esteem. They realize they have made an irreversible mistake, faces death with honor, and dies tragically....   [tags: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller] 984 words
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Romeo and Juliet's Deaths as a Tragedy of Fate - Romeo and Juliet's Deaths as a Tragedy of Fate It is very apparent in many of Shakespeare’s plays, including Romeo and Juliet, that fate and destiny play a key role. This aspect could be seen as a main basis of Shakespeare’s acclaimed works, and is comparable to the Greek tragedies written thousands of years before, by playwrights such as Euripidies and Sophocles. In addition, many of these plays contained a tragic hero with a fatal flaw, which inevitably leads to his death. For example, one character, Ajax possesses a fatal flaw, and he eventually commits suicide, seeing it as his only honourable way to die....   [tags: Papers] 1430 words
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The phrase “a pair of star-crossed” lovers first appears in the prologue of the story so you immediately get the impression of a love story. The Elizabethans were big fans of astrology and horoscopes and the idea of fate was a big part of the Elizabethan lifestyle. Throughout the story the characters mention fate, or how its God’s choice to make there decisions. The reader knows immediately that Romeo and Juliet are going to die after reading the prologue so the questions are asked why would two star-crossed lovers end up dying....   [tags: Free Romeo and Juliet Essays] 518 words
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Before starting to decide to what extent fate was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I should first decide what is fate. According to the dictionary, fate is the 'inevitable destiny or necessity destined term of life; doom.' This basically means, that fate can be described as a pre-planned sequence of events influencing ones life. In Romeo and Juliet, it is obviously true to say that fate was a contributor to the deaths of the young couple, but could it have been the sole contributor....   [tags: Free Romeo and Juliet Essays] 1290 words
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The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth - The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy about a war hero named Macbeth, who follows his ambition with evil and who is repaid with evil. Although the witches' predictions are responsible for influencing Macbeth's thoughts, no one tells Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth is responsible for putting power into the hands of Lady Macbeth and letting her influence him. Another example of Macbeth's early thoughts of treachery occurs when Duncan formally names his son Malcolm as his successor....   [tags: Papers] 676 words
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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero - Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero The character of Macbeth is a familiar example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many contributing factors which lead to his overall demise, often referred to as degeneration of his character who "suffers from ambition" (Cunningham 111-21) and the "passions of the mind" (Kirsch 269-96). Macbeth was born a Scottish nobleman who was a recognized soldier with an appetite for his opposing enemy's blood in order to protect his country and gain his valor....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1835 words
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Essay on Fate and Human Responsibility in the Aeneid - Fate and Human Responsibility in the Aeneid              If you're going to write an epic about great heroism, don't use the Aeneid as your primary guide. It's not that heroism can't be found in the Aeneid, it's just hard to prove. First off, Virgil writes a story in a fatalistic universe, wherein every action and every event is under Jupiter's divine thumb .  Fatalism "is all-pervading in Virgil . . . in it [the Aeneid] the words fatum and fata occur some 120 times" (Bailey 204). And in the first three books alone "the word 'Fatum' or 'Fata' occurs more than forty times" (Sellar 334)....   [tags: Aeneid Essays]
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Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero in A View from the Bridge - A View from the Bridge is a dramatic tragedy, which follows the life of a dockworker, Eddie Carbone, in 1950s America who is the main focus of the play. He represents the average, everyday man in society, but his character draws parallels to many tragic heroes in the past shown in Greek tragedies, Shakespeare’s plays, etc. (e.g. Hamlet and Macbeth). A tragic hero is the hero in the story who has positive and negative traits and their negative traits is what eventually leads to the demise and this is what happens to Eddie....   [tags: Italy, America, dramatic tragedy]
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet There are many factors that contributed to the deaths of the protagonists and it is definitely a mixture of these, which is responsible. However in my opinion it is fate which played the biggest part in the deaths of the “star-crossed lovers.” Romeo himself, plays a major part in the tragic outcome. Throughout the play he makes hasty and impulsive decisions without really thinking them through. After being so “in love” with Rosaline he very quickly decides to marry Juliet....   [tags: Papers] 768 words
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Antigone: The Conflict of Hubris, Fate, and The gods - Antigone: The Conflict of Hubris, Fate, and The gods Sophocles, Antigone is a classic example of the role of the gods in the life of a Grecian. It is a story of the precedent set by the gods, versus the will and actions of the characters of Antigone. Creon deceives himself into believing that he is upholding the laws set by the gods. While he would like to think of himself as being above the gods, even he can not deny their power. The humans were to revere the gods above all else, despite any obstacles that tried to displace them....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Gods Papers]
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The play, Romeo and Juliet, involves plenty of bad luck and misfortune that ultimately leads to the deaths of these star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet are referred to as, "star crossed lovers" because they were destined to fall in love and die a tragic death. The stars have decided that they would fall in love and die, with everyone else the stars have decided their future. The audience were given hints that Romeo and Juliet were going to die when the prologue stated, "Death-mark'd love." This gives a warning of what to expect....   [tags: Papers] 1815 words
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Oedipus and Othello Exemplify Aristotle’s Definition of a Tragic Hero - Throughout our history, many genres have survived the test of time. One of the most well known and popular genre is the tragedy. A tragedy tells a story of the downfall of a basically good person through some fatal error or misjudgment, producing suffering and insight on the part of the protagonist and arousing pity and fear on the part of the audience. One of the main authorities on tragedy is ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle. His piece of literature, Poetics, is highly regarded as one of the main sources used to define what makes a tragedy....   [tags: Oedipus the King, 2014]
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Oedipus: A Tragic Hero - Oedipus: A Tragic Hero Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King is Sophocles’s first play of “The Theban Cycle.” It tells the story of a king that tries to escape his fate, but by doing so he only brings about his downfall. Oedipus is a classic example of the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a basically good and noble person who causes his own downfall due to a flaw in his character. Oedipus is a man of noble blood; his parents, who raised him as a child, were King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
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Fate is the Leading Cause of Death in Rome and Juliet by William Shakespeare - “It lies not in our power to love, or hate, for will in us is over-rul'd by fate.” In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, it is clear that the leading theme is fate, as it is mentioned several times. Shakespeare allows the audience to see everything that happens “behind closed doors.” While some characters’ actions did affect the outcome of the play, fate is the ruling force. The reader realizes this when the prologue states, “Two households, both alike in dignity/ In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/ Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean./ From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their li...   [tags: love or hate, pison] 635 words
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Antigone or Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone - A tragic hero is a character in a play that is known for being dignified but has a flaw that assists in his or her downfall. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles. In the theatrical production the use of power and morality versus law is evident. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polynieces, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in the proper way. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes....   [tags: essays research papers] 750 words
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Creon as the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone     This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.             To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is: “Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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