Arthur Dimmesdale, a character of high reputation, overwhelmed by guilt, torn apart by his own wrongdoing, makes his entrance into history as the tragic hero whose life becomes a montage of pain and agony because of his mistakes. The themes leading to Dimmesdale’s becoming a tragic hero are his guilt from his sin, and his reluctance to tarnish his reputation in the town. Guilt plays a huge role in defining Dimmesdale as a tragic hero. Dimmesdale has understood that by not revealing his sin, he has doomed himself. This also connects with the constant struggle with Chillingworth.
His sin was one of the greatest sins in a Puritan community. The sin would eat him alive from the inside out causing him to become weaker and weaker, until he could not stand it anymore. In a last show of strength he announces his sin to the world, but dies soon afterwards. In the beginning Dimmesdale is a weak, reserved man. Because of his sin his health regresses more and more as the book goes on, yet he tries to hide his sin beneath a religious mask.
Yunior starts to become conscious of “what a f*cking chickensh*t coward [he is] and admits to be “astounded by the depths of [his] mendacity” (14). Yunior realizes that he is selfish and inconsiderate towards the feelings of other women. Yunior is shocked of himself and his tendency to lie. He notices that his lying and cheating ways can really hurt women and he feels bad about himself. After a long time of suffering, the narrator finally gains a true understanding of his wrongdoings.
He cannot take the guilt which is gnawing at him inside and he is desperate to seek release. However, the shriek was only a figment of his imaginat... ... middle of paper ... .... The community sees Dimmesdale as a saint, while Hawthorne portrays him as a morally weak person who cannot confess his sin. Everyone sees Chillingworth as a betrayed husband who is betrayed by his wife. However, Hawthorne shows him to be an evil-minded person who is so consumed with vengeance and hatred that he cannot live when his victim dies.
The quote expresses that Gene’s avowal saddens Finny even more than his physical injury. Finny is irate because after displaying only kindness to Gene, he received an afflictive detriment in return. After this feud, tension and uneasiness between the boys increases, and Gene is overtaken by an uncomfortable coat of guilt. This event exhibited how Gene’s jealousy of his considerate companion led to a serious action which not only greatly influenced their friendship, but also damaged Finny’s health and life. After Gene’s confession, the boy’s friendship was nearly broken because of the presence of envy ... ... middle of paper ... ...couldn’t handle the pressure of “courtroom”.
Heathcliff, the main character in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, has no heart. He is evil to the core - so savage that his lone purpose is to ruin others. Yet at the very moment at which the reader would be expected to feel the most antipathy towards the brute -after he has destroyed his wife, after he has degraded the life of a potentially great man, and after he has watched the death of his son occur with no care nor concern, the reader finds himself feeling strangely sympathetic towards this character. The answer to this oddity lies in the presentation of the character himself, which causes us to be more pitying of him than we otherwise might. Bronte’s describes the young boy, Heathcliff, as”dark, almost as if he came from the devil,” immediately spurring the reader to view the character as evil and immoral.
Due to Willy’s egotistical nature and the need to feed it with a mistress, his downfall begins in the eyes of Biff. Not only does Willy lose Biff’s respect which is proven when Biff calls him a “phony little fake” (121), but Willy is also too prideful to amend his relationship. This causes Biff to lose his confidence and surrender his dreams of studying at the University of Virginia. As a result of his egotistical nature derived from his pr... ... middle of paper ... ...ives to achieve the wrong things. This furthermore leads to the downfall of Willy and his family, proving that Willy Loman is a tragic hero.
“I do not know how I could bear the sight… Of my father, when I came to the house of death” (Sophocles, Exodos 143-44). He was so afraid of the pain and sadness of seeing all those he hurt that he cared dearly about. To Oedipus not only was it just punishment for his crimes it also helped him get over knowing what he has done. Even though this is true of the reasons Oedipus gives, arrogance played an overwhelming role. His self-importance lead him to make a rash decision to blind
The character of John Procter in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was a great example of a truly tragic hero. He measured up to every one of Aristotle’s requirements. He was not a perfect person because he had many faults and was not completely good or bad. Best of all, he knew that he was not perfect and he recognized and regretted the errors that he made throughout his life. Then, after the reader stays with Procter while he confessed all of his horrible sins for the whole town to hear, he had was a massive downfall as the result.
John can be immensely sympathised with by the reader because he was a very disturbed and tortured man, through no fault of his own. In conclusion, I pity both of these unfortunate men equally and feel a great deal of sympathy for them because both their lives ended miserably. They both isolated themselves due to the ways that made them so unique and different, which I have outlined. That isolation and the sincere passions they felt within them in turn led them to their untimely ends. John in his heart-felt suicide and Bernard in his exile, both of them away from everyone that meant anything to them.