“A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.”(Aristotle). It should be noted that the Heroes downfall is his own fault as a result of his own free will, At times his death is seen as a waste of human potential. His death usually is not a pure loss, because it results in greater knowledge and awareness. In Julius Ceasar, William Shakespeare develops Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero whose ambition and naivety in his blind confidence in the nobility of man sparked guidance in a series of events which inevitably forced him to succumb to self destruction. First and foremost Brutus is the Tragic Hero of the play as has been said.
His egotistical, arrogant, and tyrannical nature caused his great downfall. Creon had many opportunities to listen to the advice and pleas of his peers and family and except their alerting words. Unfortunately, his insolence blinded him and manipulated his fair judgement. In spite of the fact that the story is named after Antigone for her valiant deeds, and strong attributes, the twists are provided by another character, although corrupted, in the end Creon's misdeeds provide the ultimate definition of a tragic hero. Source Cited Sophocles.
A tragic hero brings his own demise upon himself due to a crippling character flaw. Willy Loman from “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller satisfies the criteria for a tragic hero because his pride leads to his downfall. Despite not being a man of high estate, Willy’s readiness to “lay down his life” (miller criticism) makes him a prime example of a modern tragic hero. Willy’s pride inhibits the success of his family by feeding his egotistical nature, idealism, and false value system. Willy eventually addresses these negative traits he possesses and sacrifices himself for his family, thus satisfying Death of a Salesman as a tragic play.
Her tragedy would not produce the same effect on the audience as Creon’s would because the point of the tragedy is to humble the audienc... ... middle of paper ... ... wife and son, he blames his own pride, not the gods. Creon’s tragedy would successfully evoke a humbled response from the audience, thus producing the desired effect that play writers expected from a tragedy. Creon’s tragedy would cause an audience to examine their own lives and prevalent flaws and see the danger in them. Therefore, Creon is the best example of a tragic hero in either Antigone or Medea because he identifies most with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Works Cited: “Connections: A Theory.” Elements of Literature, Fourth Course with Readings in World Literature.
On the other hand, the tragic hero is a man who fails to attain happiness, and fails in such a way that his career excites, not blame, but fear and pity in the highest degree. In the Poetics, he is described as not eminently good and just, not completely under the guidance of true and reason, but as falling through some great error or flaw of character, rather than through vice or depravity. Moreover, in order that his downfall may be as striking as possible, he must be, as was Oedipus, of an illustrious family, highly renowned and prosperous. When we analyze the character of Oedipus, we discover that, in spite of much natural greatness of soul, he is, in one vital respect, the exact idea of an ideal man. He has no clear vision which enables him to examine every side of a matter with unclouded eyes, and to see all things include perspective; nor has he a calm wisdom which is always master
Das Brütus: A Tragic Hero In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Brutus is the quintessence of a tragic hero. Webster’s Dictionary defines tragic hero as “Any person, especially a man, admired for courage, nobility etc. … in a serious play with an unhappy ending” (277-626). This verbatim definition, however, is useless in an analytical essay. The idea of a tragic hero comes from Aristotle, who thought a tragic hero involved a character of high standing suffering a downfall caused by one or two character flaws.
In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar the element of tragic hero is presented. A tragic hero is defined as a character of high standing who has a flaw that leads to his or her downfall, this individual is enlightened of his or her mistakes and is often viewed with pity or sympathy by the audience. Shakespeare has created two tragic heroes in his classic, Brutus and Caesar. The character primarily focused on as a tragic hero in this story is the protagonist, Brutus. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is of high political standing, a poor judge of character and is enlightened of his mistakes.
Creon’s power and pride as well as going against the gods all lead up to his downfall which in return helps him to become a tragic hero. In the article, “Common Man as A Tragic Hero: A Study of Author Miller’s Death of a Salesman”, Kritika Nanda states, “… according to Aristotle a tragic hero has to be someone of noble stature. He believed that common men of inferior ranks were unable to create the impact enough for purgation of the pent up emotions. He most audaciously held the view point that men of noble birth and elites were the most appropriate class to carry out catharsis.” As demonstrated through this quote, a tragic hero is an individual of high rank whose flaws lead to a tragedy, but allows the character to have a point of self-realization. Therefore, Creon, not Antigone, is the true tragic hero of the play.
In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. Oedipus is in love with his idealized self, but neither the grandiose nor the depressive "Narcissus" can really love himself (Miller 67).
Miller describes "that the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in its highest sense as kings were." It is in his belief that the notion will help modern people relate with the main characters in a tragedy that is also applicable to the audience’s understanding a tragic drama. By Miller’s standards Willy is not “flawless” by his actions, but rather the error in his conscience that makes him a tragic hero. Miller’s ideal tragic hero "demonstrates the indestructible will of man to achieve his humanity," (1974, 3) when given a struggle in reality. He states that “ the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing – his sense of personal dignity” (3).