Creon's tragic flaws were his stubbornness, the abuse of power and the actions he took to cause the downfall of the Thebes. Creon showed his stubbornness by not wanting to be proved wrong because of pride. When the Choragos tried to tell Creon that he made a mistake by telling that nobody can burry the body of Polyneices. Creon did not want to listen to the people of Thebes who tried to tell him that Antigone did the right thing, but of fear to Creon the could not really say anything. Creon thought by making an example of Antigone's execution, everybody would get scared and won't try to brake his laws.
Not to mention that all of his decisions went against Cassius and they were all the wrong moves. Brutus refused to admit that he was wrong or listen to other people. He had a big ego and was obviously used to being in charge. When Cassius thought it was a bad idea to leave Sardis and go to Phillipi to fight Antony, Brutus did exactly the opposite. His idea of friendship should be questioned because he constantly disagreed with Cassius, his best friend, and that is not what friendship is all about.
One’s greed for power blinds their sense of pity for humanity which creates chaos in society because of their ignorance. In the text Danforth explains to Francis Nurse, “But you must understand sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between” (Miller 94). In this quote Danforth explains to Nurse that a citizen of Salem cannot be against the court’s justice system: One must comply with its rules or else they will be counted as guilty. Danforth claims power over the people through the court and anyone who does not obey his demands will be persecuted which shows that this trial is for himself and not for the town. For the sake of his power, Danforth apprehends innocent individuals who are not compliant thus foreshadowing the misfortunes of uninvolved people who are suspects.
Bond writes, “The consistent complaint of the monster in his narrative is thus that he is excluded from receiving any human affection, and is, instead, in receipt only of human aggression” (Bond). Bond is supporting the argument that The Creation is only the monster he is because he has not been taught to love. This implies that had The Creation not been abandoned and left to himself, he may not have turned into such an awful monster. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, it is quite opposite of The Creation in that he has too much attention, only it is negative. Because of this fight for attention between Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian Gray begins to become arrogant and careless in what he does.
Jekyll knows that he cannot be caught because he carries out his evil thoughts through Hyde, who nobody suspects to be Jekyll as that would be seen as nonsense in that time period. However, the decision to kill himself is Jekyll’s conscience taking over and realizing that the possibility of Hyde being a member of society only makes things worse and that he is sorry for his actions and the trouble that he has
Iago is an evil character as while he has no legitimate reason for his evil plans, he rationalizes the reasons for his actions and still sets out to ruin the lives of those around him. He hates Michael Cassio, for receiving the lieutenancy instead on himself. Ranting to Roderigo, he says, “[Cassio is] mere prattle without practice/Is all his soldiership…And I, of whom his eyes had seen proof…must be beleed and calmed. (I.i.27-32). Iago believes that he has been unjustly overlooked for the position, as he is clearly more qualified than Cassio.
Throughout his journey, Odysseus selects lousy decisions that ends up making him unheroic such as being unreliable, unsympathetic of someone else’s emotions, and barbaric. This clearly shows that Odysseus is not hero material considering the fact that he is untrustworthy and manipulative. Odysseus makes actions that displays that he is not heroic because he shows how inconsiderate he is of other people’s feelings. As stated on page 669, “I would not heed them in my glorying spirit, but let my anger flare and yelled” (500-501). Odysseus’ outrage reveals the fact that he only follows his own instincts by believing he is right about everything.
The creature never had an inclination to be murderous, and “becomes violent only after he is repeatedly rejected by society” (Nocks). Failing to win companionship by attempting to understand people and learning their language, he turns to his creator. The monster explains that he is just like the people who hate him, with the same desires and emotions. After developing all these ideas of society and emotions, he learns that there is no way for him to express them. Following his many attempts to fit into the world, he realizes that he will never be accepted by humans, and vows to destroy all of mankind.
Ethan Frome is to be held accountable for the destruction of his own life. He cannot make any decisions, for better or for worse. His indecision over what to do about his passionate, illicit feelings for Mattie and his dislike for Zeena are entirely his own fault. He is too cowardly to do anything. He attempts to hide his cowardice by blaming his indecision and its consequences on circumstance, but his true nature indubitably shows through.
The people’s inability to understand and see grendel beyond just the creature, created more trouble than peace. Another firm reason for their disapproval of grendel was the fact that grendel did not appear to like humans to begin with. Aside from his original thoughts that people were “dangerous creatures” grendel was not inviting to the groups of people he wanted to be accepted by. He saw their overall ability to “create their own destiny” as a threat and a quality that he himself could not obtain, almost forming a sense of jealousy. This feeling alone was another reason that mankind did not accept grendel with open arms.