Tragic End

  • Means To Tragic Ends (oedipus

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    King, Antigone, and Creon, both from Antigone possess such flawed characteristics that lead to their tragic ends.      Oedipus possesses a multitude of characteristics, some of them common to other characters, but pride is exceptionally prevalent. This characteristic, which margins with utter arrogance, appears to be one of the dominant flaws that causes Oedipus’ tragic downfall. This is plainly established in the beginning of the play in which he states “I

  • Edna’s Agency in her Tragic End

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    complete lack of perception outside of herself. Her death critiques societal conventions through the actions she takes in her liberation since Edna is conscious of her revolt against the system. Edna is fully aware of her situation, although in the end she realizes she cannot live outside of society, she isolates herself from civilization to create a new independent identity, starts to explore her desires through art and truly gives into her sexual needs while demanding more respect for herself as

  • The Role of the Witches In Macbeth and Their Responsibility for Macbeth's Tragic End

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    The Role of the Witches In Macbeth and Their Responsibility for Macbeth's Tragic End The role of the witches in the play Macbeth depends on the nature of the audience. Initially, the Elizabethan audience consider Macbeth as a respectable and well-liked character. We do however learn that appearances can be deceptive which corresponds with the main theme of the play; "Fair is foul, foul is fair". This theme is first introduced in Act 1, Scene 1 where the witches foretell

  • How Blind Devotion Leads to the Tragic End of Character Heros

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    (Better Grabber) In the Harry Potter Series, the character Snape is a tragic hero. Just like Oedipus, he has too much pride in himself when he only helps Harry because his true love was Lily Potter, Harry’s mother. This later leads to his downfall when he ends up dying. Despite their good intentions, the two characters are blinded from the impact of their actions as they unknowingly harm their families. In the play All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Joe Keller’s blindness of the larger society and In

  • The Contribution of Juliet's Relationship with Her Parents and Friar Lawrence's Single Mindedness to the Tragic End of the Play

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    The Contribution of Juliet's Relationship with Her Parents and Friar Lawrence's Single Mindedness to the Tragic End of the Play Juliet was a young lady who lived with her parents. Also living with her, in her home was a nurse and servants. Juliet's relationship was very different with each individual that she lived with. The relationship that Juliet had with her father was different to the relationship that she had with her mothers. This could be seen clearly throughout

  • Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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    with the message from the oracles, saying that the plague will end when the murderer of Laius, former king of Thebes, is caught and expelled; the murderer is within the city. By analyzing the tragic flaw, tragic fall, and tragic realization of the play, the reader will be able to better understand what lessons lie within Sophocles writing. First, by analyzing the tragic flaw, the reader will understand what the story is truly about. Tragic flaw is the character defect that causes the downfall of the

  • Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero

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    Shakespeare Tragic Hero         In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the main character is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero.  Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw that in the end, is the cause of his downfall.  The play is an example of a Shakespearean tragic play because it has all of the characteristics of the tragic play.  As defined by Aristotle, a tragic play has a beginning, middle, and end; unity of time and place; a tragic hero;

  • Achilles: a Tragic Hero

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    Achilles as Tragic Hero In his classic work "Poetics" Aristotle provided a model of the tragic hero. According to Aristotle, the tragic hero is more admirable than the average person. This results in the tragic hero being admired by the audience. For the audience to accept a tragic ending as just, it is crucial that the tragic hero be responsible for their undoing. At the same time though, they must remain admired and respected. This is achieved by the tragic hero having a fatal flaw

  • Antigone, the Tragic Hero

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    the Tragic Hero Antigone, a play written by Sophocles, outlines the tragic hero Antigone and how human error can bring one to a tragic end. Both the sister and daughter of King Oedipus, Antigone was one of the main characters in the play. King Creon, the ruler of Thebes, and Antigone are set on a collision course by their own actions as the play progresses. Antigone fully exemplifies Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero by meeting all of the conditions that one needs to be defined a tragic hero

  • Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

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    Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone. Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon. First, take into account the timeframe in which

  • Oedipus the King as a Tragic Hero

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    as a Tragic Hero According to Aristotle's theory of tragedy and his definition of the central character, Oedipus the hero of Sophocles is considered a classical model of the tragic hero. The tragic hero of a tragedy is essential element to arouse pity and fear of the audience to achieve the emotional purgation or catharathis. Therefore, this character must have some features or characteristics this state of purgation. In fact, Oedipus as a character has all the features of the tragic hero

  • Creon is the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

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    Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone   When the title of a play is a character's name, it is normally assumed that the character is the protagonist of the play. In Sophocles' Antigone, most people probably believe Antigone to be the tragic heroine, even after they have finished watching the play. It may be argued, however, that Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic character. When we examine the nature and concept of the Greek Tragedy and what it means to be a tragic character, it becomes

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Hero

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    Macbeth - The Tragic Hero       Every true Elizabethan Tragedy comes complete with a tragic hero.  The tragedy Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, has a perfect example of a tragic hero, otherwise known as Macbeth.  A tragic hero must be a man who is great and admirable in various ways.  He should be placed in society in such a way that everything he does affects all of the members of his society.  A tragic hero should at some point reach the top of Fortune’s Wheel, but land up

  • Tragic figure

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    A tragic figure is a virtuous and great characters whose actions and flaws lead to a downfall. In the books, Things fall apart, Antigone, and Of Mice and Men, various characters are portrayed as the tragic figure. However, George from Of Mice and Men, Creon from Antigone, and Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart, all show great signs of being the tragic figure and protagonist of the book they originate in. Each character has a hubris, a tragic flaw, an epiphany, and a tragic downfall leading to end of

  • Oedipus as Aristotle's Archetypal Tragic Hero

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    According to Aristotle, the protagonist of a tragedy (the “tragic hero”) required three basic characteristics. Firstly he or she must be deemed worthy via an exalted status and/or noble qualities. 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

  • Examples Of Tragedy In Death Of A Salesman

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    American Tragedy Aristotle defined tragedy in his respected piece Poetics that defined the tragedy and many other forms of literature. Many tragic heroes such as Oedipus Rex and Romeo and Juliet fit well into this mold of a tragic hero as defined by Aristotle. For example, they were flawed but well intentioned and their lives ended in a catastrophic death. Those plays, and many others in the genre, had all the elements of a tragedy: plot, character, thought, diction, melody, and spectacle. They

  • Theme Of Tragedy In Death Of A Salesman

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    American Tragedy Aristotle defines tragedy in his respected piece Poetics and many other forms of literature. Many tragic heroes such as Oedipus Rex and Romeo and Juliet fit well into this mold of a tragic hero as defined by Aristotle. For example, they were flawed but well intentioned and their lives ended in a catastrophic death. Those plays, and many others in the genre, had all the elements of a tragedy: plot, character, thought, diction, melody, and spectacle. They were fantastic displays of

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes

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    Hamlet as Tragic Heroes      William Shakespeare has written many literary works - from his sonnets to his plays, each has it's own individual characteristics.  One popular characteristic that comes from his plays is the tragic hero.  The audience can always relate to the tragic hero and the many trials he faces.  Macbeth and Hamlet are just two of Shakespeare's plays that involve the tragic hero.  Through their nobility, tragic flaws, and dignity Macbeth and Hamlet prove to be tragic heroes.

  • The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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    model of the tragic hero. The tragic hero of a tragedy is essential element to arouse pity and fear of the audience to achieve the emotional purgation or catharathis. Therefore, this character must have some features or characteristics this state of purgation. In fact, Oedipus as a character has all the features of the tragic hero as demanded by Aristotle. The concept of tragic hero is very important in the construction of tragedy. It is the main cause of pity and fear. The tragic hero is a character

  • Antigone by Sophocles

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    under theatrical category of a tragedy due to the tragic events and unhappy ending that cause the downfall of the main character. During the famous play “Antigone” the Greek author Sophocles incorporated several features of a tragedy. These features include a morally significant dilemma and the presence of a tragic hero. Grand debate over which character can hold the title of the tragic hero has discussed in the literally world for ages. A tragic hero can be defined as someone with a substantial

  • Analysis Of Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

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    Throughout history, many authors have incorporated tragic heroes into numerous amounts of novels and plays. Tragic heroes are not the typical hero that saves the day. Tragic heroes have distinct characteristics that make them different from others. The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare holds a famous tragic hero. The first performance of Macbeth was in 1606 inside King James’s court. Macbeth is the shortest tragic play Shakespeare ever wrote because it was written to King James’s liking—since

  • Who Doesn 't Love A Happy Ending

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    happily ever after makes the audience have instant satisfaction, in the end all the chaos and drama within the story gets resolved. There is no disappointment from the audience because the story is settled; everything works out in the end. The readers tend to find hope and peace within the successful conclusion. This encouragement grants them an escape into a world of fiction and allows them to believe that happiness awaits at the end of insurmountable trials. The epic hero is a common tool that is used

  • A Comparison of Shakespeare’s Marcus Brutus to Other Tragic Heroes

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    The tragic hero is one of literatures most used (and sometimes abused) characters. The classical definition of a tragic hero is, “a person with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. The person is doomed by the Gods or some other supernatural force to destruction or suffering. The hero struggles against the fate, but due to a personal flaw, ultimately fails in the battle against fate. It is my personal opinion that Brutus,as he is portrayed in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, is a tragic hero by this

  • The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex And Hamlet '

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    These included the idea that the tragic hero of the play not be extremely virtuous, for it was of little concern to the audience whether or not such a high and mighty character fall, for they feel no empathy for one of such high nature. Another important tenent was that the fall of the hero was due to an error of judgement as a product of his tragic flaw. This provides the audience with the hope that perhaps the tragic fall could be avoided, while making the tragic hero’s personality vital to his

  • Hamlet, A Tragic Hero

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    memorable tragic hero’s Hamlet is the definition of a tragic hero. In the book, Hamlet, Shakespeare’s character hamlet is determined on killing his uncle the king. This goal proves to be challenging to him due to his morals. He often struggles with this throughout the book. This proves to be his downfall for not deciding to kill the king until the very end. A tragic hero has to have a fatal flaw that, combined with fate, brings tragedy. This is one of the key characteristics of a tragic hero. He had

  • Tragic Heroes

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    The tragic hero is a type of character that many people know. It is a type of character many have seen in films or plays throughout history. Many students in high school will read plays and watch movies with tragic heroes. But many of these high schoolers may never learn what a tragic hero is. Comparing and contrasting tragic heroes such as Dimmesdale to Frome, and Chillingworth to Hamlet along with the definition of a tragic hero will aid in revealing the true nature of tragic heroes as a whole

  • Tragic Hero in Othello by William Shakespeare

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    Othello who reveals characteristics of a tragic hero. The brilliant philosopher Aristotle from the fourth century B.C. developed his own definition and idea of what a tragic hero is. Eric Engle, author of “Aristotle, Law and Justice: The Tragic Hero,” said, Due to Aristotle’s influence, his tragic flaw has distorted western thought ever since its conception” (Engle). “The enquiry of whether Othello is a true tragic hero is debatable. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero was a protagonist who is socially

  • Tamburlaine and Tragic Heroism

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    Tamburlaine and Tragic Heroism In his two plays, Tamburlaine the Great, Parts I and II, Marlowe deviates from the norms of the theory of tragedy in his depiction of Tamburlaine. According to the Aristotelian theory of tragedy, a tragic hero is of a noble origin and enjoys a great rank right from the very beginning of the play. Furthermore, a tragic hero is, in a simple sense, a man likeable for his goodness or greatness. A tragic hero, in addition, is doomed to make a serious error that will

  • Shakespeare's Use of Aristotle's Guidelines to Tragedy in Creating the Play Othello

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    because of its ability to bring the viewer into the drama and feel for the characters, especially the tragic hero. This analysis of tragedy was formed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and also noted in his Poetics (guidelines to drama). As a playwright, Shakespeare used Aristotle’s guidelines to tragedy when writing Othello. The play that was created revolved around the tragic hero, Othello, whose tragic flaw transformed him from a nobleman, into a destructive creature, which would inevitably bring

  • Julius Caesar Tragic Hero (Brutus)

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    Tragic Hero Essay In the play the Life and Death of Julius Caesar (just as in all of Shakespeare’s tragedies) there is much death, much tragedy, and of course, a tragic hero. However unlike most of Shakespeare’s plays this time the tragic hero is not particularly obvious. Throughout the play a few main characters present themselves as possibilities for being the tragic hero. But as being a tragic hero is not only having a tragic flaw but also entails much more, there really is only one person to

  • Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero

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    A tragic hero in Shakespearean literature is understood as a noble and heroic character who makes a series of bad decisions based on his bad judgment that leads to his downfall and eventually death. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, the tragic hero is Marcus Brutus, a powerful Roman senator who joins a conspiracy to assassinate the Roman ruler, Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a tragic hero because of his noble reputation, his moral personality, the cathartic experience that the audience

  • The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing

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    The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing Shakespeare's tragedies are, for the most part, stories of one person, the "hero," or at most two, to include the "heroine." Only the Love Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra)are exceptions to this pattern. In these plays, the heroine is as much at the center of action as the hero. The rest of the tragedies, including Macbeth, have

  • Essay: The Tragic Hero In Sophocles And Euripides

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    The “tragic hero” with Sophocles and Euripides has several elements that are in common, whereas the character is essentially good, usually has some relation to royalty, however they have some type of flaw or commit some act, going against their better judgment or character, causing something tragic to happen to them or by them. I will explain different examples of the tragic hero in Sophocles and Euripides characters, but Virgil’s characterization of Aeneas I would not say is not completely accurate

  • Paradise Lost: Is Satan a Tragic Hero?

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    In Milton's Paradise Lost, he writes the story of the fall of Satan, his followers, and mankind. Many critics often view Satan as the unlikely or tragic hero of the epic poem. Satan is, obviously, the main character throughout most of the poem, but not necessarily the hero. Satan's main purpose is to fight G-d, and try to be on the same level as Him. The important thing is to realize that Satan is sin, and being humans, who are all born into sin, we can easily relate to a sinful character. G-d

  • John Proctor, The Tragic Hero

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    seen as a tragic hero because of his tragic fate and his sacrifice to his family. The play takes place in the town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692 during the times of the Salem witch trials. Many of the townspeople were being accused but one family inpeticular named the Proctors were at the epicenter of the accusations. The proctors were being accused by Abigail Williams, which eventually led to the death and hanging of John Proctor. John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because he had a tragic flaw,

  • Brutus As A Tragic Hero

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    A tragic hero is a literacy character in a play who makes an error that leads to their own downfall. There are four aspects that tragic heroes have in common which includes: a tragic dilemma, tragic flaw, peripeteia, and anagnorisis. In William Shakespeare’s famous dramatic tragedy “Julius Caesar”, there were downfalls of many characters which led to arguments about who the tragic hero really was. Some critics of the play argue that Julius Caesar is the tragic hero, while others argue that Marcus

  • The Flaws of Brutus in Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

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    The Flaws of Brutus in Julius Caesar by Shakespeare Brutus’ tragic flaws are part of what makes him a tragic hero. In Julius Caesar, Brutus is a great example of a tragic hero. His tragic flaws are honor, poor judgement, and idealism (Bedell). In Shakespeare’s plays, the tragic hero and his flaws cause the downfall of the play (Tragic Flaws). In the play Julius Caesar, Cassius and the other conspirators take advantage of Brutus’ honor. The conspirators wrote Brutus fake letters from the

  • Romeo and Juliet: A True Tragedy

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    contain a tragic flaw, or hamartia, that contributes to their fall from esteem. Additionally, the audience experiences pity and fear evoked by Shakespeare for the duration of the play. Next, the characters undergo a catastrophe at the end of the tragedy, in which the characters meet a tragic and horrendous death. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a true Aristotelian tragedy because both Romeo and Juliet possess a tragic flaw, a catastrophe takes place in which both characters meet a tragic death, and

  • Oedipus The King And Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

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    A Tragic Destiny Tragedies depict catastrophic storylines that tug and pull at one’s heart. They leave us with lessons for own lifetimes and give us glimpses of our pasts. That is to say, death is witnessed by many in this world making it one of the most widely relatable concepts. Evidently, that is why most think that what comprise tragedies are deaths. Death occurs in both Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and yet in each play the author portrays a different understanding

  • Essay On Tragic Hero In Oedipus

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    Literature 4 November 2016 Oedipus the Tragic Hero The story of Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, perfectly lays out the qualities of a tragic hero. Oedipus, the king, blindly plays the role of a tragic hero, in a hopeless attempt to save the city of Thebes from a murderer; who turns out to be him all along. The qualities he possesses are clearly displayed through his action/words, lack of judgement, pride, and unfortunate fate, making him the ultimate tragic hero. One reading the story may wonder how

  • Lennie Character Analysis

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    As of one of the protagonist and the tragic hero Lennie Small plays one of the most important parts in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. Lennie Small was a flat character due to the fact that all the way to the end of the novel and his life he never gave up on his dream with George to own a farm and have rabbits. Lennie also never lost his innocence and his childish presence and behaviour throughout the text. Lennie passed away happily, thinking of his dream of the farm and having rabbits

  • The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

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    out of control of the characters and finally the problem should end in a catastrophic or have a grave ending situation. According to Aristotle argumentation, a perfect tragedy should be realistic and having a narrow focus, provoke pity and fear to the audiences, be able to outline traits of a perfect tragic hero and be full of ironies. Good. By having now all this in mind let see how Sophocle’s story Oedipus the King does becomes tragic. To begin with Oedipus found himself within the palace of king

  • Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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    Things Fall Apart Essay What is a tragic hero? Who is a tragic hero? In literature, the tragic hero archetype has four requirements. A tragic hero must have high status, a tragic flaw, a punishment for this flaw, and reach wisdom in the end. In the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the main character Okonkwo is not a tragic hero. Okonkwo is not a tragic hero because although he started with high status, had a fatal flaw, and he suffered greatly because of this flaw, he never reached wisdom

  • John Proctor is a Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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    Since the times of the ancient Greeks, tragic heroes have been used to enhance the meaning of a play or literary work. Any character cannot be described as tragic hero. Several key characteristics are necessary for the tragic hero to possess in order to be characterized as such. He must be high-ranked or have a high standing in the community. He must have a weakness or a tragic flaw and be involved in a struggle. In the end, that struggle will lead to his downfall. Arthur Miller purposely incorporates

  • the Allure Tragedy in Literature

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    Our reality is full of tragedy and therefore tragic story is representing part of our real life, which is full of ups and downs. As Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, mentions “character is destiny” while tragic story is just another representation of our life barrier.  No matter how lucky or perfect a person is, there has always some tragic moments that he or she can’t avoid in his or her life. This is why tragic stories can be so attractive to the readers. Throughout the stories, the audience

  • Tragic Flaws of Romeo and Juliet

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    determined by their tragic flaw. There is no predestined fate; the character's fate is entirely in the their hands. A normal tragedy deals with fate being the factor that determines the events which take place in the drama. The characters have no control over the outcome in a normal tragedy. Whether a tragedy is Aristotelian or not is open to interpretation. Romeo and Juliet were brought to an Aristotelian ending because of their unfortunate tragic flaws and the evidence of tragic emotions/catharsis

  • Macbeth Argument Essay

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    the play Macbeth has a protagonist who ultimately experiences a downfall that lead to his demise. The protagonist or tragic hero of this play is Macbeth, once brave and honorable, who eventually becomes tyrannical and feared by many due to what Abrams describes as his “hamartia” or “error of judgment or, as it is often…translated, his tragic flaw.” In this case, Macbeth’s tragic flaw proves to be ambition; however, he cannot be held solely responsible for his downfall. As a result of many outside

  • Willy Loman, Redefining the Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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    Willy Loman, Redefining the Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       The events in the life of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman are no doubt tragic, yet whether or not he can be considered a tragic hero in a traditional sense is a topic requiring some discussion. Aristotle set the criteria for qualities a character must possess in order to be considered a tragic hero. In order to reach a conclusion on this matter, all six criteria must be examined to determine

  • Julius Caesar : A Tragic Hero

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    Caesar comes to an unhappy end when he is murdered by the people he loved most. Within this play Julius Caesar is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as “the main character of a tragedy [who is] usually dignified, courageous, and high ranking” (Novel Study Guide). Also vital to defining a tragic hero is that, “the hero’s downfall is caused by a tragic flaw” (Novel Study Guide). It is evident that Julius Caesar is William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a tragic hero given that he is of

  • The Strong Character and Unavoidable Destiny of Oedipus Rex

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    doomed by his fate. Like most tragedies, Oedipus the King contains a tragic hero, a heroic figure unable to escape his own doom. This tragic hero usually has a hamartia, a tragic flaw, which causes his downfall. The tragic flaw that Sophocles gives Oedipus is hubris (exaggerated pride or self-confidence), which is what caused Oedipus to walk right into the fate he sought to escape. Oedipus' pride pushes him toward his tragic end in the initial journey, when he kills his father, in the episode of the