Her apparent suicide denotes a desire to take control of her life for once. Ophelia’s death is, arguably, an honorable one, characterized by her willingness to let go of her submissive, earth-bound self and leave the world no longer a victim. Ophelia’s accidental drowning shows her as a victim of circumstance among people who seek to assert dominance over her. Mimicking Laertes’ advice to Ophelia, Polonius, in a condescending tone, chastises his daughter and forbids her from associating with Hamlet: POLONIUS. Think yourself a baby That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay, Which are not sterling.
They destroyed Oedipus by controlling his fate, granting people the power of prophecy, telling Oedipus about his fate through the oracle of Apollo, and finally afflicting the people of Thebes with a dreadful plague. Fundamentally, by utilizing fate, prophecies, the oracle of Apollo, and the plague, the gods played a significant role in the destruction of Oedipus and his family. By controlling fate, the gods carry all the responsibility of Oedipus in killing his father and marrying his mother. They are the only ones who can control fate, and thus they are the only ones to blame for what happened to Oedipus. They could have made Oedipus’ life less miserable, but they decided to destroy his and his family’s life by this terrible fate without him committing a sin.
But before he decided to retreat, he wanted to give the defenders a taste of what his army was suffering. So Janibeg used giant catapults to hurl the rotting corpses of the plagued victims over the walls of the town. By this means the infection spread among the Genoese defenders. Before long the Genoese were dying from the plague as fast as the Tartars on the outside. A few who thought themselves free of plague took to their ships and headed for the Mediterranean.
This is because the character that is “greater” loses much more than the peasant, according to Shakespeare. The tragic hero is responsible for their downfall through their own “tragic flaw.” Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his obsession. Throughout the course of the work, Shakespeare develops Hamlet’s many obsessions. His main obsession, that leads to all the tragic events in the play all sprout from Hamlet’s obsession with dignity and revenge. His intense need to act revengefully towards the man that took his fathers life and throne caused him to delay his actions so long that his hatred towards Claudius grew larger and larger.
Despite the many attempts that King Laius, Queen Jocasta and Oedipus himself make to deceive fate, the truth reveals itself and destroys those in its path: Queen Jocasta commits suicide and Oedipus blinds himself. Both stand to be very serious and irreversible actions that act as a form of catharsis, or purging/cleansing of strong or repressed emotions, and that arouse pity and fear not only among the characters, but also among the audience. The choices that Jocasta and Oedipus make reflect greatly upon their characters. Jocasta commits suicide because she fears living with her actions, while Oedipus blind himself because he fears being able to see physically when his eyesight was of no use beforehand. Yet, Oedipus chooses to live, saying, “For thou escap’st me not, I know thee well; / Though all is dark, I still can hear thy voice” (Sophocles 1381-2).
In Sophocles’ “Oedipus,” Oedipus is the protagonist in the play, he is indeed the tragic hero, but it is his determination and fate that makes him a tragic hero. Oedipus starts off as a respected king, but discovers later that he unknowingly killed his father, and married his own mother. Oedipus fits Aristotle’s many qualities of a tragic hero, because he is a man that is not only good but he has his flaws; that being his temper. Oedipus’ hamartia; flaws, are displayed numerous of times throughout the play. One theme that seems to be the most important is the blindness of the truth.
After finally knowing the truth about Desdemona, Othello realized that he made a big mistake, but it was already too late because his wife laid dead on her bed. “Othello: I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this, /Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” Othello’s love for Desdemona was strange because even though he loved her, instead of forgiving her, he decided to end her life to get rid of all the problems surrounding him. Not only did love made him kill his wife, but also taking his only life for the mistakes he made. In real life there have been many cases where love drives someone to their death, so it is something that can be well understood in the
The purpose of the confron... ... middle of paper ... ...eems unable to think for herself. She is closed minded to the fact that her new husband murdered her former husband. Despite her blindness, she loves her son and wants to protect him as well. By not listening to Hamlet, she herself is poisoned by Claudius on accident. In the end, Ophelia, Claudius, King Hamlet, Laertes, Polonius, Gertrude, and Hamlet all end up dead.
The Most Tragic Character in Medea by Euripides Medea is the story of an estranged woman who wishes to seek revenge on her husband (who has left her for another woman) by poisoning his new wife. This, however, is made more difficult when the King of the land, Creon, tells Medea to leave, mainly because he is scared of her. She appeals to him for one more day to sort things out, and uses persuasion by making him feel pity for her when she says "This one day let me stay, to settle some plans for my exileâ€¦since their own father is not concerned to help them. Show some pity: you are a father tooâ€¦their fate is very hard". Medea tells the Chorus, a group of women from Corinth that this one day is all she needs to get her revenge.
He had killed his father (although at the time he did not know Laius was his father) and married his mother (he did not know this either),thereby causing the plague. This realization was too much for Jocasta to bear and so she committed suicide. At the sight of this event, Oedipus feels immediate and unbearable guilt and blinds himself to the evils he has caused. At this point Oedipus enters the return phase of the initiation and realizes that he must live up to his own decree and banish himself from the city in order to save his people. The third stage, the sacrifice, is symbolized by Oedipus removing himself from the city.