This can all be wrapped up in one quote “Alas, I was already as dead, and thou hast smitten me anew! What sayest thou, my son… a wife’s doom-of slaughter headed on slaughter.” (Antigone, 55). In the end as time proceeds throughout the play there is an avalanche of evidence that supports the claim that Antigone is the embodiment of natural laws that are imposed by the gods themselves, and that those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost. In hindsight only wisdom could have avoided this calamity, if only Creon had heeded the advice of those wiser than him could all of this have been avoided.
The Protagonist as Victim in Oedipus the King and Hamlet In Sophocle's Oedipus the King and William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the unruly forces surrounding the protagonists are the source for their downfall. Fate, women, and divine intervention are the foundation for the protagonists' demise. The protagonists are powerless against these elements, and for that reason, are not responsible for their finish. The uncontrollable force of fate is one component that assists in destroying Oedipus. Oedipus cannot improve his situation because of fate and realizes this when he declares, "But I count myself the son of Good Chance, the giver of success-I shall not be dishonored."
The dominance of fate over free will in Sophocles’ story emphasizes a key element of tragedy. The lack of control Oedipus has over his own destiny contributes strongly to the feeling of catharsis the audience gets from the play. The feeling of pity for Oedipus is exacerbated when it seems all these ill fortunes are thrust upon him without any control. Essentially Oedipus is purely a victim of the Gods’ will. But these feelings, although made worse by the lack
Upon knowing the disastrous prophecy, he could have used the knowledge in his favour by minding that his actions should not lead into the direction of the prophecy. It was also a rash decision to leave Corinth when he just heard that he is not of blood-relation to the king and queen without apparent answers. If he only stayed, he might have not met Laius in such circumstance, nor have married Jocasta. He might not even know about the curse of the Sphinx or be the supposed “tyrant” of Thebes. Unfortunately, he left Corinth and set himself for Thebes where he was looking for a new life when he is actually digging his own
The court does not judge by the titles that were given on earth but by the sins that were committed. Lastly, the Diction that Shakespeare uses helps the audience draw their final conclusion on Claudius’s future. Terms such as “cursed”, “bosom black as death”, “ O limed soul” , and even “ primal curse” shows the corruption of Claudius’s character and inevitably his death. Also, Claudius himself can be seen as a symbol of the Bubonic Plague that occurred at that time since every character associated with the new king, eventually dies. Shakespeare also uses words such as “foul”, “wicked, “wretched” and “curse” to emphasize a darker tone.
And yet the riddle lay above the ken...and called for prophets skill...but then I came...and slew her." These features of Oedipus' personality lead him inevitably to assume that he, the great Oedipus, liberator of his people, could not possibly be the murderer that they seek. Hence, it is Oedipus' inflated ego that causes his fate to be so severe and his downfall so great at the end of the play. Furthermore, despite Teiresias' words early in the play, Oedipus refuses to believe the truth that he is responsible for Laios' death. His arrogance leads him to unknowingly curse himself, thus making his fate worse:
Moreover, as Oedipus suddenly becomes the unintended victim of the gods through his sinful decision to execute Laius, he is forced to relinquish his predominate impetus for pridefulness in exchange for a heart of deep realization and forgiveness. At the end of the play, Oedipus sacrifices everything in order to remove his guilt through the consequences of his atrocious actions witnessed by the gods. After Oedipus realizes the astringent fate he was destined to encounter through his sinful murder of Laius, he immediately attempts to take responsibility for his
Another fatal mistake in Brutus’ premeditated plan was allowing Antony to live. “And for Mark Antony, think not of him; For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm when Caesar’s head is off” (916). Brutus’ main flaw was his lack of judgment in making critical decisions for those implicated with the conspiracy. He believes it is best to leave Anton... ... middle of paper ... ... His cause seems honorable, but as murder and loss twist his judgment, we begin to see that he was mistaken. His misjudgments have led to the downfall of Rome, creating the monarchy he had wished to prevent.