In Arthur Millers’ play, Death of a Salesman, he has twisted Aristotle’s belief of a tragic hero, and has created his own. Although Miller has twisted Aristotle’s belief, Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, has a tragic hero (Oedipus) that follows the flaws, dignity, and acknowledgment of the truth that Aristotle believes in to make a tragic hero. It is essential for them to recognize their position and role in the play. Due to the fact that Willy Loman and Oedipus experience tragic flaws throughout their respected plays, they both have nobility, and they both realize the fact (anagnorisis) that they made an error in their life (hamartia). Through their fatal mis-steps, their pride and ego, predominately affect their familial lives, which in turn causes them to realize the truth that they are tragic heroes.
The character purports to put on a veneer of madness merely as a simulation, but his own grief and the weight of his intended plan leads him to go down a path that clouds his mind with sadness and into insanity at various points. Hamlet's characters often feel as though they are the victims of fate; however, much of what happens to them is borne of their own doing. The power of man to shape their own destiny is clear in the play - Hamlet himself says, "What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties!
Instead, he answered questions I had not asked and told of horror and misery beyond believe - how I would know my mother’s bad and cause the death of my own father.” Here, it proved that Oedipus try to avoid the prophecy happen, he drove away from Corinth. But, no matter how he against the fate his acts already brought the prophecy to life. Although, Oedipus attempt to escape the fate, this is ironic to the audience that the tragic outcome of the story cannot be escaped, also his overconfidence and rashness caused his fate
Creon, scene 2. Instead of punishing Antigone for burying her traitorous brother Polyneices and increasing the respect of his nation for their king, he pushes them further from him in fear and silent disgust. His people recognize his tragic flaw: pride. Instead of a reign filled with luxury and happiness and respect from his citizens he condemns hi... ... middle of paper ... ...know it and I say it...I neither have life nor substance..." He then finally receives the redemption he longs for, but the family he `killed' will never return. His egotistical, arrogant, and tyrannical nature caused his great downfall.
His character is clearly shown in this speech. In act 4 scene four, Hamlet finally decides to kill Claudius, but only after seeing men going to a meaningless war. He also decides to stop thinking too “precisely on the event” as this is his flaw and delays him taking action. Unlike the 4th soliloquy, the third and most famous soliloquy seems to be governed b... ... middle of paper ... ...ontemplation over life and death that he would rather live than die. This is because death scares him and he has to revenge his father.
At this point when Hamlet kills Polonius, his reversal of fortune begins to turn around for the worst. Hamlet murders Polonius, as he believed Claudius stood spying on his conversation with his mother, this behaviour comes sudden of Hamlet. He jumped at the opportunity to kill whom he believed to be Claudius, although he had never attempted it previously. Hamlet knows that Claudius is responsible for his father’s death, but he fails to take action at the vital time, and loses the plan he
After King Laius’s death, Oedipus seeks to “dispel the stain” from Thebes to prevent his own death by the “same violent hand.”(16) Oedipus is unaware he is the murderer—in trying to prevent himself from killing his “father” he runs to Thebes and killed his father. Oedipus, however, is so blinded by his lack of knowledge of his past; he believes no one can harm him “or any other who sees the light.” (23) Oedipus continues to struggle with the rationality of his fate—especially after discovering he murdered his father and married his mother. His valiant efforts to save his father and avenge King Laius’s death end with Oedipus casting “terrible curses” (37) on him as it all ends “in vain” (48) In the end, Oedipus realizes it is better for him to live in permanent darkness where he can bask in true light. Sophocles utilizes Oedipus’s fight with fate to emphasize his moral standings. Oedipus is determined to defy the destiny given to him and struggles to live a morally given to him and struggles to live a morally righteous life.
(I,ii) Gertrude's apparent disregard of his honorable late father causes his suicidal dejection.When he hears from the ghost of his father's murder, he does indeed vow revenge. However, that revenge never seems to materialize, he thinks and worries but commits no action to fulfill his vow. For some reason, he plays the fool and delays his revenge. Significantly, he presents the play with the scenes altered to mirror the circumstances of Claudius' crime so Hamlet can watch his reactions with his own eyes. "For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, / And after we will both our judgments join / In censure of his seeming."
The prophecy controls some of Oedipus' life, but it's because the fear of it coming true that drives the characters to take ill action. Throughout the play we are given evidence showing his poor decision making and anger issues, but never any definitive proof that Oedipus' future is out of his control. Oedipus the King tells of Oedipus' struggle with his fate. It is Oedipus' short temper, pride, and poor decision making that cause him to make the choices that lead to his demise. Oedipus and his family take action to ensure the prophecy of him killing his father and sleeping with his mother would not come true.