Oedipus personifies the ideal tragic hero. While he is a kind, caring and noble man, because of his impulsiveness and quick temper he makes a series of bad decisions that, if they had been thought out, he could have avoided. =Oedipus exemplifies what a tragic hero is, a person who tries to be the best person he can be but has one flaw that eventually will bring him down. Now that Oedipus has been established as a tragic hero does his journey follow a pattern that is similar towards what Joseph Campbell describes in the hero’s journey? In the previous paragraph Oedipus was defined as a tragic hero.
Instead he stabs his eyes out loses his honor and his kingdom. “ Your broken by what happened , broken by what’s happening in your own mind. I wish you’d never learned the truth(1530-32, 520).” He makes a very good point , sometimes the truth is just too much to handle, but a true hero can find the strength to overcome it. “The concept of tragic hero is very important in the construction of tragedy. It is the main cause of pity and fear.
When he was a child, James “Jimmy” Gatz was a naïve boy from North Dakota without any family connections, money, or education who was determined to escape his family’s poverty through hard work and determination. Once he enrolls in the army, however, Gatsby gets “’way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn’t care” (151) when he meets who he believes to be the girl of his dreams—Daisy. Though he knows nothing about her, he is swept away by the... ... middle of paper ... ...d on money that any means of a obtaining it were condoned, even if those means were unscrupulous. Though Gatsby at first attempted to achieve his goals of wealth through perseverance, he falls in love with Daisy—his tragic flaw—and is unable to see the corruption that lies beyond her physical beauty, charming manner and alluring voice. His fixation over Daisy, who is hollow at the core, demonstrates the futileness of Gatsby's dream, which is based on an idea, and not substance.
Chris McCandless's hygiene was often complaint by his manager too and according to his manager it was because of him that Chris McCandless at last quit. Chris McCandless's genius had led him into a tragic death. Yet his ego, passion, courage were something that should be preserved. "No man ever followed his genius till it misled him..." (pg47). Although he failed his mission, he was considered a brave young man who went into the wilderness by himself and was able to survive for 16 weeks in Alaska.
McCandless’ pride left his family in a state of grief and sorrow because he thought that taking risks only affected himself and not the people that care about him. Olav Ormseth, an Alaskan outdoorsman, comments on “Death of an Innocent” in Outside magazine, writing, “The real tragedy behind this story is what he left behind: grieving, bewildered family and friends. The hubris and narcissism with which he blindly launched into the wilderness are not things we can excuse.” McCandless believed that the privilege he enjoyed as a child negatively affected his ability to understand the meaning of life. This led him to change his identity and become a new person that was not affiliated with the old Chris McCandless. Ultimately, he ruined all of his relationships.
In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone. The concept of who is the tragic hero in this tragedy is controversial due to the fact that Antigone dies but Creon lives with many deaths upon his shoulders.
Arthur Miller tried to argue about Willy Loman’s tragic hero or is he pathetic human being? Well, for me reading this whole play. It became clear to me that Willy could be a modern day tragic hero with tragic flaws in his life. Since Aristotle had explained the true definition of Tragedy in the about the Greek mythology of a tragic hero; How a man could be fortune, then became horrible at the end with some mistakes but will always be remembered by the audience. Aristotle’s quote; “A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” The tragic hero is that a great man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice, nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake.
Jon Krakauer constructed a journalistic account of McCandless’s story. Bordering on obsession, Krakauer looks for the clues to the mystery that is Chris McCandless. What he finds is the intense pull of the wilderness on our imagination, the appeal of high-risk activities to young men. When McCandless's mistakes turn out to be fatal he is dismissed for his naiveté. He was said by some to have a death wish, but wanting to die and wanting to see what one is capable of are too very different things.
Secondly he or she must have a tragic flaw (hamartia) that leads to his or her downfall and finally a tragic hero must experience a downfall and recognize the reasons for that downfall. The play “Oedipus the King”, written by the great ancient Greek tragic dramatist Sophocles in 430 B.C. was chosen by Aristotle as an ideal model to illustrate his definition of tragedy. The character Oedipus has all three of the necessary characteristics of a tragic hero and reveals that self-examination is the key to our ability to accept responsibility for our actions. When Oedipus finally sees the truth, he blinds and exiles himself as punishment which illustrates his understanding of why and acceptance of what he has done.
In Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction novel, “Into the Wild”, he tells a story of young man named Chris McCandless. McCandless had grown up in a wealthy family. He was a loner, mainly because of his thirst for social isolation, but seemed to be independent. McCandless had given away all of his money, left almost all of his possessions, became an explorer, and changed him name to Alexander Supertramp, without letting anyone know of his whereabouts which was selfish of him. Not even his own family.