The general trend in plays frequently concludes with the death of the tragic hero. However, prior to death, the tragic hero experiences an anagnorisis, or a moment of clarity. An anagnorisis is a realization of situation when the tragic hero moves from ignorance to enlightenment. The change from ignorance to enlightenment includes the tragic hero’s realization of his tragic flaw, how it caused his downfall, how his actions have affected the lives... ... middle of paper ... ... which was paid, was to great for even Creon to bear. He has descended from his Hubris into a meaningless and worthless life.
In Sophocles’ work, Oedipus the King, Oedipus definitely fits Aristotle’s meaning of a tragic hero which is a man of honorable importance. He is not a usual man, but a man with outstanding superiority and immensity about himself. A man of his own ruins goes for a greater cause or principle. Oedipus conveys many mistakes. In the play Oedipus the King, things really had taken a turn from good to bad.
Lear's pride not only altered his live alone, instead, it affected everyone around him down to the bottom of the social chain. Moreover, the realization of his true quality, pains and sufferings eventually leads to his tragic death which the most obvious element in a tragedy. Because Lear fulfills the "formula" of Shakespearean Tragedy, he could be firmly proven as tragic hero in the play.
The play of King Lear is a tragedy like many of Shakespeare’s plays, and many of them deal with the tragic hero that end up meeting their demise thanks to their tragic flaw. The tragic hero of this play is King Lear, and he is a man that is a ruler of the kingdom of Britain in the 8th century B.C. He is a very old man surrounded by grave responsibilities, which are taking care of the land and taking care of the citizens of the kingdom. Lear the tragic hero must feel suffering and contrast those good times to the suffering, except his suffering leads to chaos and ultimately his death. The definition of a tragedy from our class notes is, “an honorable protagonist with a tragic flaw, which is also known as a fatal flaw.
This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus, and how he deals with the confrontation, he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus, until he finally believed in his tragedy, had excessive pride. Nothing would make him understand his arrogance at finding fault with everyone else, except himself. Thus, the tragedy made him suffer. Oedipus was humbled to obtain wisdom. Did Oedipus deserve the tragedy brought to him?
Oedipus follows closely to Aristotle’s views of tragedy because he possesses the specific qualities of being noble, good or fine, true to life, and true to their type.An example of this is when Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx, “I came, know-nothing Oedipus, I stopped the Sphinx. I answered the riddle with my own intelligence.”(Sophocles 27). Oedipus is a noble figure who after solving the riddle of the Sphinx became a hero to Thebes. He seeks refuge for Thebes from the plague and is supported by the Chorus. However, Oedipus brought fate on himself after he was ignored the prophetic knowledge of the Oracle at Delphi which said he would kill his own father and marry his own mother.
In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus embodies the traits that a tragic hero should have, including being greater than the average man and possessing an ultimately benevolent character, while also following the plot line that a tragic hero must by coming to a great fall through external circumstances and internal character traits and accepting responsibility for his fall. Many explanations of Greek tragedies and the tragic hero expound that the hero must be “extraordinary rather than typical” in order to make his or her fall more distressing to the audience (“Tragedy” 1221). The creation of the tragic hero has also been described as “an imitation of persons who are better than the average” (Aristotle). The placement of the tragic hero above the rest of mankind creates feelings of fear associated with the impending and unavoidable fall by reminding the audience of the vulnerabilities to which all men are susceptible (“Tragedy” 1223). If the greatest men can come to a bitter end, any normal person would be defenseless against that fate.
He is described as a "tower of strength," and has a sharp way of looking at people. He is quick-tempered, and often acts recklessly and violently. His followers love him, and consider him a brilliant ruler because he solved the riddle of the Sphinx and brought ease to the city of Thebes as Oedipus became their savior. Oedipus also shows wisdom, love for his children and a reputation for high moral standards. We’ve come to this conclusion because even when the threat, of whoever killed Lauis would suffer, applied to him he still followed through with the punishments.
At first, we can see that Othello certainly has self-confidence not only at himself but also in how other people perceive him. When the secret marriage of him and Desdemona was brought into reality, being accused by Brabantio that he has been using witchcraft and the old man’s racism view, Othello confidently response to his father-in-law by a straightforward and sincere speech. His speech was so successful that Nicholson was impressed: “it succeeds nonetheless in establishing his persuasive force: having heard him, the Senate is willing to believe… ‘that Desdemona was won, by hearing Othello talk’. (68-69). Obviously, Othello has pride and confidence, he knows his advantages and social position, as Macaulay emphasizes, “Othello presents himself as a man of complete self-assurance not only in himself but also in how others will perceive him” (261).