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Tragic Fate of Doctor Faustus

- In Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus, Faustus faces harsh consequences at the end of the play. Faustus is damned for all eternity. It is quite difficult to put your fingers on rather his fate is a tragedy or justice served for all his sins. I want to say his fate was a tragedy because his fate changed into tragedy once he sold his soul for twenty-four years of knowledge and power. I wouldn't say it's a tragedy if he was a bad person and a sinner from the beginning. But I feel sympathy for Doctor Faustus and also sort of feel the connection between him and human being....   [tags: Fall From Grace, True Identity]

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The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes

- The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes The hero stands as an archetype of who we should be and who we wish to be. However, the hero has inherent flaws, which we do not wish to strive towards. In literature, these flaws are not used as examples of what we should be but rather as examples of what not to be. This is especially dominant in the Greek hero. The Greek hero battles fate with excessive pride and intelligence, yet follows his fate, making serious mistakes. The Greek hero is strong and mighty while his wit and intelligence are highly valued....   [tags: Papers]

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Romeo and Juliet: A Tragic Couple of Fate

- A long, ancient feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic consequences for the star-crossed lovers; Romeo and Juliet. They passionately fall in love, but unfortunately cannot be publicly united. A secret marriage forces the two to mature rapidly, because Juliet is to be wed to another. Juliet takes a sleeping potion that causes her appear dead for nearly two days, so in this time, Romeo is to be told that she is still alive; however, he was not so he illegally purchased a poison so that he could be with Juliet in death....   [tags: william shakespeare, romeo, love story]

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The Tragic Fate of an Unrequited Childhood in Quicksand by Nella Larsen

- The Tragic Fate of an Unrequited Childhood in Quicksand by Nella Larsen In reading Quicksand written by Nella Larsen one may come to the end of the book with a reaction much like…’what!’” Then, in frustration, throw the book down, lean an aggravated head back, and continue to ponder the books in its entirety. One may wonder how a promising life could end in such a sad way. Where did Helga Crane go wrong. What could she have done differently. Along with these questions, a reader may feel strongly enough to condemn Helga to her fate....   [tags: Papers]

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Conventions of a Shakespeare Tragedy

- Every Shakespeare tragedy follows the same conventions. Some of the conventions are tragic hero with a tragic flaw, anti-hero, tragic fall, fate, and supernatural. A convention is something in Shakespeare that has a certain effect. The tragic hero always has a tragic flaw. A tragic hero cannot be a hero unless he has a tragic flaw. The tragic flaw brings the downfall of the hero. Othello is the tragic hero, because Othello is a character of nobility. He is good at the beginning but at the end he starts to become evil....   [tags: tragic hero, fate, supernatural, othelo]

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Oedipus: Tragic Hero Or Victim Of Fate

- In his work Nature and Elements of Tragedy, Aristotle outlined the characteristics needed in order to create a compelling tragic hero. He states that this particular character must be "better than we are," a man who is superior to the average man in some way. At the same time, a tragic hero must evoke both pity and fear among the audience, causing each member to experience a feeling of catharsis, or strong emotion. According to Aristotle, the best way to achieve this effect is to accurately portray the protagonist’s imperfections, for a character that constitutes good and evil is more convincing than a character that is purely good....   [tags: Sophocles]

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The Protagonist in Willima Shakespeare´s Othello

- The central character, or protagonist, in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, The Moor of Venice is Othello. Aristotle defined the concept of a tragic hero as the destruction of a noble person, usually with a personal flaw, and this flaw determines their fate. Othello is a tragic hero with a tragic flaw in one of Shakespeare’s most known tragedies. Shakespeare so prominently exhibits the tragic flaw Othello obtains, allowing implications and thoughts, to overrun reality and show how just the insecurity one possesses can allow a person to become powerless....   [tags: tragic, hero, flaw, fate, mistrust]

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A Tragic Fate Caused by a Society Filled with Realism

- Arthur Miller, born in 1915, he is the greatest realistic master in the American theatrical circles in the post world period. Modern American society is the background of his many works, which portray common man's common life, fully reflect the real features of the American society in that period. He always laid stress on the society, which he describes as a strength related to money, social moral, and relations with people, etc. Death of a salesman is Arthur Miller's most famous and notable play....   [tags: American Literature]

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How Does Fate Lead to the Tragic Conclusion of Romeo and Juliet?

- How does fate lead to the tragic conclusion of Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, fate plays a big part in the events of the story. In Shakespeare’s time, the idea of fate was taken very seriously and Elizabethans believed that their lives were already planned out for them, in the stars, and there was nothing that could be done to change that. Because the idea of fate was taken so seriously, the audience would understand each reference Shakespeare made to fate throughout the play. From the very beginning, Shakespeare shows clearly that Romeo and Juliet’s lives are controlled by fate, and also that they are destined to suffer tragic consequences....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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The Dramatic Significance of the Roles of Friar Lawrence and Juliet’s Nurse in the Tragic Fate of Romeo and Juliet

- The Dramatic Significance of the Roles of Friar Lawrence and Juliet’s Nurse in the Tragic Fate of Romeo and Juliet In the play friar Lawrence, is a friar of the order of Saint Francis. He is a father figure towards Romeo, and is torn between assisting his protégé or staying out of the situation and keeping neutral as a man of God should. He chose for both Romeo and Juliet to confide in him and he is privy to their most secret thoughts, desires and actions. Friar Lawrence first appeared in the play while he was gardening, he talks about the good and evil in the people using nature....   [tags: Papers]

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Fate in Romeo and Juliet

- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is classified as a beautiful yet tragic love story told in the form of a play. Romeo, from the house of Montague, is a passionate and impulsive lover that falls head over heels for young Juliet, house of Capulet . Through a series of unfortunate events, their tale ends with both of them committing suicide over the star-crossed love for the other. It comes down to the question, who is responsible for the lovers’ death. The reader can put the blame on Romeo’s faulty actions or Juliet’s inactions; One can also go on to blame the more minor characters like the lovers confidants, the Nurse and the Friar....   [tags: tragic love, montague]

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The Fall of A Tragic Hero: Oedipus The King

- Greek theatre was developed out of religious needs. This proves to be an effective way to ensure that its citizens understand fate. The Greeks belief of the time is that one’s fate is predetermined at birth and cannot be altered. A tragedy is a very serious issue of great importance that focuses on one topic. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, sets the structure for what makes a tragic hero. A tragic hero comes from nobility and rises to greatness; has a dramatic downfall secondary to his or her own hubris; recognizes his or her part in the downfall; and prompts fear and pity in the audience through his or her terrible fate (“Aristotle’s ideas About Tragedy”)....   [tags: greek, religious needs, fate, sophocles]

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Tragic Heroes of The Iliad and Oedipus Rex Analysis

- Calvin Coolidge once said, “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion” (brainyquote.com). Heroes are among one of the most popular literary figures of all time. A Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote his notion of classic from of heroism called tragic heroism in his work entitled Poetics. In Poetics, Aristotle explains that there are certain qualities that a tragic hero has that can qualify him or her as tragically heroic. Two Grecian literary legends, Achilles from Homer’s Iliad and Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, fit the description of an Aristotelian tragic hero....   [tags: Aristotelian tragic heroes]

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Fate and Choice in Sophocles Writing

- It seems as if Bernard Knox is inside Sophocles mind when he states that tragedy deals with, “the problem of man’s true stature, his proper place in the universe” because in Oedipus the King Oedipus is unable to control the situations he is put in but is accountable for his crimes. Fate plays a major role in the tragedy because Oedipus does not have control over the statements of the Oracle, even if he believes otherwise. Also the flaw of Oedipus that he believes he has certainty of knowledge because of how he was come to be raised is a result of fate and something he could not control....   [tags: knowledge, fate, choices]

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Was Tess of the D’urbervilles Blameless or Partially Responsible for Her Fate?

- Tess of the D’urbervilles was a wildly controversial novel in its time. The novel’s questioning of religious belief and social hierarchy are still discussed today. Critics disagree on Tess’ role in her own life’s course: whether she made decisions or whether her fate was decided for her, and to what extent she is to blame for her rape, her marriage failure, and the death of Alec D’Urberville. In my view, Tess can only be held partially responsible for the events which befall her. She can be considered unlucky since the events are often spoken of as being out of her control....   [tags: Tess of the D’urbervilles, fate,]

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The Effect of Fate on the Outcome of a Drama

- Every day, humans wonder whether they control the choices they make or if a greater force controls them. From the first page of Shakespeare’s romantic drama, The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, fate is out to get the players. This deplorable catastrophe is set in Verona, Italy, where two feuding households war with each other. Romeo and Juliet, children of the fighting heads of the households, secretly wed each other and eventually kill themselves because society declares the couple cannot be together....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Results of Fate In Romeo and Juliet

- Fate is a hidden, but unavoidable force that leads to certain consequences in people’s lives. The theme of fate plays a crucial role in the main characters of the play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet share a destiny that dooms them to tragic deaths immediately after the exchange of their zealous love. Despite their resolute attempts to challenge their destiny, the lovers still succumb to the inexorable powers of fate. In the Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, the principle of fate propels the lovers together with infatuation, tears them apart through a bitter demise, yet, ensures peace in Verona for many future generations....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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King Oedipus as The Classical Greek Tragic Hero

- King Oedipus as The Classical Greek Tragic Hero In his Poetics, Aristotle defined the term 'tragedy' as 'a man not preeminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice or depravity, but by some error in judgement' the change in the hero's fortune must not be from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery'. From this definition, he further expanded it by defining the profile of the Classical Greek tragic hero, basing it on what he considered the best tragedy ever written, Sophocle's Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Oedipus Tragic Hero Essays]

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Understanding Fate in Oedipus Tyrannos

- The Greeks were one of the most powerful empires of early civilizations with the well documented conquest, legends, gods, etc. One of their most significant things left of their empire, is their theatrical style, none bigger than Tragedy. The Greek Tragedy was their basis of Drama and is still studied today. Their view of the world and life could be personified in the plays and by the personages. It is the case in the play Oedipus Tyrannos. The play, written by Sophocles, represents the typical Greek view of the world with all the values that the Greeks wanted to show....   [tags: Greek, Early Civilization]

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The Inevitable Fate or the Result of Free Will

- Disraeli’s quotation, “Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is his own power”, means that people can express free will, can make their own decisions, and can express their own personality, but they do not have control of their fates. In Oedipus the King and Macbeth, the eponymous characters hear their own prophecy. They have free will, but they cannot alter the prophecy. One of the themes in Oedipus the King is that characters fight against their fates. However, their efforts do not stop the prophecy from being fulfilled....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Macbeth]

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Fate of Bad Gods: The Holocaust

- Before they boarded on the train, many Jews dreamed of a different life style in a big Jewish community in Auschwitz. Adolph Hitler executed the Holocaust so openly and deceivingly to the Jews that many Germans could have redeemed it, if not prevented. The Generals, Officers, Commanders, Lieutenants, Guards of Germany were people with moral values but they had been completely brainwashed. Did this happen by fate. If so, who’s in charge. No one, even Gods, had the power to cope with the Holocaust immediately....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Fate in "Oedipus the King"

- If prophecy were to be real, one could expect what is bound to happen in the future. This is true; at least in “Oedipus the King” in which the protagonist, Oedipus calls forth his doom unwillingly. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. The author of “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, writes a tragic fate that Oedipus was born to experience. Fate is what is meant to happen and cannot be avoided or unchanged. Furthermore, events that lead to other events could be the result for one to meet their fate....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Is fate a factor

- Fate is the power that is supposed to settle ahead of time how things will happen. Romeo and Juliet lives were ruled by fate. Even though they thought they should be together fate had different plans for both of them. Fate did not rule in their favour. A large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involved fate. They believed in the stars, and that their actions weren't always their own. Romeo, for example, Act1 scene4 line107-113 says, "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars...by some vile forfeit of untimely death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Embrace Fate

- When I was a little girl, I absolutely adored Sesame Street. Within my large collection of Sesame Street paraphernalia was a book titled The Monster at the End of This Book and it featured the blue, furry monster that was actually Grover instead of another famous blue monster who had a soft spot for cookies. I remember curiosity always getting the best of me and finally reaching the end of the book only to find that the monster was just “little ol'” Grover. Although it was a children's book, it had a message that was applicable to everyone....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Tragic Flaws and the Role They Play

- Tragic Flaws and the Role They Play Many Greeks considered tragedies to be the greatest form of literature. The characters in these tragedies, mainly the heroes, were not doomed from the start because of their fate, but rather had certain flaws that made them cause their tragic ends. These tragic heroes have been talked about for generations and have had their stories passed down year after year. These heroes, all having different tragic flaws, slowly bring their impending doom closer and closer throughout the story, accumulating different characteristics that also speed up the process....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Tragic Flaws of Romeo and Juliet

- Tragedy is a broad topic; there are many aspects of a tragedy. A tragedy includes events arousing the emotions of pity and fear. These emotions can define a tragedy and are evoked when watching the play or reading the drama. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, endure events that arouse pity and fear from the reader. An Aristotelian tragedy is a specific type of tragedy outlined by Aristotle. In this type of tragedy, a cause-and-effect chain takes place and the characters' fate is determined by their tragic flaw....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone

- 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....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]

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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero

- In most dramatic plays, tragedy usually strikes the protagonist of the play and leads him, or her, to experience devastating losses. While tragic instances can be avoided, there are other instances where one’s fate and future is out of the protagonist’s control. In Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and first performed around 249 BC, Oedipus cannot escape his destiny and even though he tries to overcome and circumvent prophecy, he finds out that supernatural forces will get what they want in the end....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero

- ... This shows that Brutus does not want to kill Caesar “wrathfully”, as if it is out of envy or revenge, but with dignity in knowing that what the conspirators are doing has purpose: they are killing him with Rome’s best interest at heart. Also, Brutus says to his servant, Lucius, “It but must be by [Caesar’s] death: and, for my own part,/I know no personal cause to spurn at him,” (2.1.10–11). This displays that Brutus has no personal resentment towards Caesar, but is doing what is best for the Roman people....   [tags: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar]

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Desdemona as a Tragic Victim in ‘Othello’

- In Shakespeare’s play “Othello” the main characters Othello and Desdemona suffer a tragic fate due to their actions and unforeseen circumstances. A majority of Desdemona’s suffering is down to Iago’s manipulation. However, it could also be argued that Iago is not completely to blame for the misfortune of Desdemona. We as the readers can see evidence of this at certain points in the play where Iago has planted the seeds of despair and Desdemona and Othello have fallen for his plans. In this essay, I will look at key moments in the play where Desdemona is presented as a tragic victim by the writer and justify why she is a tragic victim using quotes from the play....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ]

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Achilles: The Tragic Hero of The Iliad

- ... Being the “hero” that everyone thought he was, he cried to his mother whom said that he should not go to avenge his friend because he was “doomed to a short life […] your death must come at once” (Homer). This can be taken into consideration when describing his heroicness, because he did not heed the warning his mother gave him, instead he basically said that he should die then because he could not save his friend. It is “brave” of Achilles to want to avenge his friend. Achilles then went out and killed Hector....   [tags: revenge, flaw, warrior]

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Tragic Heroes in Famous Literature

- Imagine some of the greatest tragic heroes of all time: Hamlet, Macbeth, Odysseus -- Ones we all know and love. We laughed at their mistakes, cried at their downfalls, and enjoyed their triumphs. And now a new generation wishes to be among them: King Creon (from Sophocles’ Antigone), Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar. But, it will not be easy; it will take a lot for them to win over our hearts and be crowned “most tragic hero” of them all. First, they will have to play the part. What exactly constitutes a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, MacBeth, Odysseus]

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Othello is Not a Tragic Hero

- Othello has been described as one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays because the play focuses on its themes of good and evil, military, politics, love and marriage, religion, racial prejudice, gender conflict, and sexuality; but the controversy and debate surrounding Othello is “Why is Othello a qualification for a tragedy?” Most readers are aware of the many famous deaths or acts of death within the Shakespearean plays. And when the main characters die in Shakespeare’s plays, indeed, the readers would categorize the play as a tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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John Proctor, The Tragic Hero

- In the play the Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is 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, which was a lust for sex, which lead to an affair with Abigail, he had free choice of whether or not he was going to be hanged but adm...   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller]

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Sophocles’ Idea of Fate in Oedipus Rex

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds” (Quote Details). It is believed that if a chain of events has been prophesied, then that person's choice and free will lead them inescapably to what has been predicted for their destiny. The idea that fate is the most powerful force on men, is essential to this play Oedipus the King. Perhaps the most incontrovertible instance of fate in this play is that of the prophecy made regarding Oedipus's birth; Oedipus was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother “no matter what he or anyone else might do to prevent it and quite apart from the circuitous causal route that it t...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Antigone and Othello: Tragic Heroes

- Othello and Antigone are both tragic heroes. They do great deeds and have great power or strength. For example, Othello defeats Venice's enemies. Antigone makes sure that a Theban right is a Theban due. But fatal character flaws destroy the lives of the two heroes. Both of them suffer from pride and uncontrolled passion. Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. Antigone is so proud of her commitment to the true, the right, the proper, and the correct that she doesn't respect differing, less passionate opinions....   [tags: Antigone, Othello, tragedy, Heroes,]

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Oedipus, the King: A Case of Inevitable Fate

- Oedipus, the main character in “Oedipus, the King” has hamartia and frailty that lead to his downfall. Oedipus’s imperfect character traits: pride (hubris), stubbornness, and disrespect precipitate his tragic fate and demise. Oedipus, King of Thebes, is an imperfect protagonist in Sophocles’ “Oedipus, the King.” He is an imperfect human being who makes mistakes in his life. His mistakes, however, are very tragic and exceed what he deserves. He is ignorant about his true identity and does not accept his gods’ prophecy for him....   [tags: Sophocles play, Greek mythology]

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Oedipus the King: Fate, Destiny, and Symbolism

- In the classic tale of Oedipus the King, the author uses Oedipus as a symbolic symbol of betrayal, naïve, and despair. The tale in itself is a classic tragedy; it depicts characters in which is an act of betrayal, yet of the truth. Aristotle and Freud both have their own interpretation of the classic story of Oedipus. Aristotle idolizes tragedy in a significant manner as opposed to Freud emphasizing the true destiny and fate of Oedipus himself. Somehow, they are all juxtaposed into one complete symbolic meaning....   [tags: character analysis, thebes, sophocles]

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Macbeth: The Tragic Hero

- ... He uses treachery and will extirpate anyone who poses a threat to him. This is clearly demonstrated when Macbeth reveals his plan to kill Banquo. According to Thomas Thrasher, “Macbeth continues on his murderous course of action because he is determined to hold the crown” (77). The murder of Banquo proves this to be true, because it exposes Macbeth’s draconian nature. Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, because they appear to be a threat to him. According to the witches’ prophecy a descendent of Banquo would become the next king....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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Hamlet: A Tragic Hero

- The tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most popular and greatest tragedy, presents his genius as a playwright and includes many numbers of themes and literary techniques. In all tragedies, the main character, called a tragic hero, suffers and usually dies at the end. Prince Hamlet is a model example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. Every tragedy must have a tragic hero. A tragic hero must own many good traits, but has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. If not for this tragic flaw, the hero would be able to survive at the end of the play....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Hamlet, A Tragic Hero

- Hero’s are defined by the actions they take, but they either live to see there fall or die heroically. One of shakespheres most 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....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]

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Achilles: The Tragic Hero

- The Iliad, the Greek epic documented by Homer that describes the battles and events of the ten year siege on Troy by the Greek army. Both Trojans and Greeks had their fair share of heroes and warriors, but none could match the skill and strength of the swift runner, Achilles. Achilles had the attributes of a perfect warrior with his god-like speed and combat abilities. However, even though he was Greek’s greatest warrior, he still possessed several flaws that made him fit the role of the Tragic Hero impeccably....   [tags: The Iliad Essays]

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Tragic Heroes in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Tragic Heroes in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Dramatists such as Aristotle started to write a series of plays called tragedies. They were as follows: the play revolved around a great man such as a king or war hero, who possessed a tragic flaw. This flaw or discrepancy would eventually become his downfall. These types of plays are still written today, for example, Arthur Millers "Death of Salesman" and Henrik Ibsens "A Dolls House." "Death of Salesman" shows the downfall of the modern tragic hero, Willy Loman, a middle class working man....   [tags: Ibsen Miller Tragic Hero Essays Papers]

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Oedipus vs. Hamlet as Tragic Heroes

- Oedipus from the drama, “Oedipus the King” and Hamlet from, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” are two characters that are different, yet they both share the same title of being a tragic hero. Oedipus and Hamlet have many characteristics of a tragic hero that separates them in varieties. However, some of those characteristics show that both characters have and use similar thought processes and methods, which classify them as tragic heroes of their dramas. The five characteristics of a tragic hero are: nobility, tragic flaw, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and lastly irony....   [tags: Character Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Marcus Brutus: The Most Tragic Hero

- Imagine some of the greatest tragic heroes of all time: Hamlet, Macbeth, Odysseus… Ones we all know and love. We laughed at their mistakes, cried at their downfalls, and enjoyed their triumphs. And now a new generation wishes to be among them: King Creon (from Sophocles’ Antigone), Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar. But, it won’t be easy; it will take a lot for them to win over our hearts and be crowned “most tragic hero” of them all. First, they will have to play the part. What exactly constitutes a tragic hero....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Fate and Freewill in Oedipus the King

- In the play Oedipus Rex, it shows many different forms of fate and freewill. Fate is a word that can be defined in many different ways. Fate can affect a person's life in many different ways. Oedipus's fate ruined his life and lead him to a horrible death. Antigone's life was also thrown out to the hand of fate. Neither one of them had any freewill in there lifetime, all of there lives were based upon the fate that the gods handed to them. Both of these elements, fate and freewill, play a large role in the telling of the story of Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Fate is one of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet, described as having power over many of the events in the play. Fate is often called upon, and blamed for tragic things that happen. Human weakness, the loss of self-control, is always the direct cause of a bad choice, and not fate itself. one of the most noted event is where fate is blamed for an accident, is when Romeo cries out the he by all accounts is fortune's fool. He claims that fate has brought on Mercutio's death, and has lead him to kill Tybalt in payback....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet]

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Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free Will

- Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free Will Shakespeare hasn't chosen about fate or free will, he is telling us to decide. At the very opening of the play the Chorus tells us of fate, "…A pair of star crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows ====================================== Doth with their death bury their parents' strife…" This is saying that pair of ill-fated lovers (written in the stars) have an unlucky (fate?) accident and the price of their deaths are end their parents troubles with each other....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role Fate Plays in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julite

- “What's meant to be will always find a way,” claimed Trisha Yearwood on the theme of fate. “Romeo and Juliet” was undoubtedly one of the most well-known romantic tragedies written by William Shakespeare. It centred around two lovers from feuding families, who take their own lives. Their deaths ironically created an atmosphere where their love could freely flourish for it reconciled the two families. We were introduced to the play by a prologue that concretely mentions Fate’s influence on the course of the story....   [tags: story analysis]

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Similar Ideas of Fate in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles and Crash

- ... In the movie Crash, Officer Ryan says, “You think you know who you are. You have no idea.” which can be related to Oedipus. He believes that he is the all-powerful and great king, however, he is doomed to a tragic fate that he is unaware of. His life turns out to be much different than he originally thinks and realizes that he is a person he does not even know. Crash deals with racial bias in the 21st century by throwing almost every racial stereotype at it’s viewers in the first ten minutes of the movie....   [tags: prophet, racial, stereostypes]

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: Fate Versus Free Will

- FLE: Romeo and Juliet: Fate Versus Free Will “...A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;/...Do with their death bury their parents' strife./ The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,/ And the continuance of their parents' rage,/ Which, but their children's end, naught could remove,/ Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;/ The which if you with patient ears attend,/ What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.” (Prologue, lines 6-14, p.7) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare begins with Chorus telling the audience how the tragedy ends....   [tags: responsibility, choice, guilt]

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A Tragic Situation

- Tragedy is a description of an event that evokes a sympathetic feeling of emotion by the audience. The events involve people emotionally who were not involved in the situation physically. In the story of Antigone, Sophecles forces the audience to take pity on the poor girl’s situation. This story impacts the audience in such a way that the audience becomes emotionally enthralled in the plot of the story. All of Steiner’s, “Principle constants of conflict in the condition of man,” (360) were present in the tragic tale of Antigone....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Fate against Free will in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that the events in Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, are the result of the hero’s self determination and restless attempt to escape a terrifying destiny predicted for him by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
My intention is to prove that although the Fates play a crucial part in the story, it is Oedipus'choices and wrong doing that ultimately lead to his downfall. At first glance, it seems that the abhorrent destiny of the main character is at the mercy of mischievous and cruel gods....   [tags: Apollo, Delphi, literary analysis, determination]

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Fate Playing a Role

- Fate Playing a Role The Way Fate Plays a Role in the Characters of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth There are many definitions for the word fate. The definition of the word fate in the New Webster’s Dictionary is a power that supposedly predetermines events. Also fate means something that is unavoidable. It is meant to happen and cannot be changed. According to Shalvia, the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet has a sense of cruel fate in it. (510). In Shakespeare's Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, fate plays an important role in the lives of many of the characters in the story....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Oedipus: Fate Is Unavoidable

- Oedipus: Fate is Unavoidable No matter what anyone tries, no matter what anyone does, no matter what anyone believes they have accomplished, they have not controlled fate. Fate is uncontrollable. Much like betting on a ³sure thing² and knowing in the back of your mind that there are infinite factors in the outcome--anything could happen. It¹s unfortunate that the people of Ancient Greece sanctioned the concept of fate. In the Era of Enlightenment the idea of God-controlled fate was finally challenged with the notion of self-fulfilled destiny; until then, men turned to prophets and oracles....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Romeo And Juliets Fate

- William Shakespeare wrote many great plays in his day. His tale of Romeo and Juliet portrays a tragic love. This play ends with the deaths of the key characters Romeo and Juliet, because of their forbidden love. Many factors contribute to their demise. The scene of when they first meet, the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio, and the final death scene all reveal why the two of them cannot be together in the end. Romeo and Juliet are ultimately killed because of their decisions and fate. The effects of Romeo and Juliet’s decisions and fate are first apparent in the scene when they first come together....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- ... His ambition drove him to fight bravely in the first battle and win the title of Thane of Cawdor. When he heard that he could be king, his ambition took over his mind and he will do anything - including killing the king he loves, under his own roof - to satisfy that ambition. As the play progressed, he became a cold and callous man. He lost his sanity and is driven by immoral thoughts that make him act as quickly as thinking. He let superstition, greed and evil take over his mind, which resulted in many deaths....   [tags: tragic hero, struggles, conflicts]

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Theatre as a Platform for Addressing Current Issues in Society: A Number, by Caryl Churchill

- Introduction Over the years, the essence of theatre has not only been to entertain, but to also allow the build up of a culture in a quickly growing uncultured generation. Regardless of the existence of so many other forms of entertainment, theatre has always established a commanding niche in most people’s hearts, and is undoubtedly the most realistic form of entertainment (Bruce 12). The acting bit of theatre performances makes things real and in their immediate contexts, allowing the audience to draw conclusions based on what they see....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Expressing Ideas]

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Oedipus the King, a Tragic Hero

- Oedipus, a tragic hero Sophocles's Oedipus Rex is probably the most famous tragedy ever written. Sophocles's tragedy represents a monumental theatrical and interpretative challenge. Oedipus Rex is the story of a King of Thebes upon whom a hereditary curse is placed and who therefore has to suffer the tragic consequences of fate (tragic flaws or hamartia). In the play, Oedipus is the tragic hero. Even though fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his fidelity to the truth ruin him....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a love story that has been read for hundreds of years and is still studied today. The story is about a young boy and a young girl who are in love with each other but both of their lives end in tragedy. Many of the play’s character’s actions affect the outcome of the play, but no character can be put to blame of the outcome. The one thing that these events can be credited to is fate. Fate did many things in the play, such as caused Romeo and Juliet to meet and it caused Romeo to believe Juliet was dead....   [tags: fate, blame, love]

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Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

- Many Greek playwrights use the self-realizations of their characters to accentuate the themes of their tragedies. Sophocles, for one, uses the character change of Oedipus, simultaneously with the plot, to underline the theme of his famous work, Oedipus the King. As Oedipus grows in alarming self-knowledge, he shifts from a prideful, heroic king at the inception of the play, to a tyrannical man in denial toward the middle, to an apprehensive, doomed man, humbled by his tragic fate by the end. At first, Oedipus seems to be a self-assured, courageous hero....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic Hero]

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Evaluating Romeo as a Tragic Hero

- Evaluating Romeo as a Tragic Hero The first tragedy plays were written and performed by the Athenians in Greece. During that time, gods and religion were very important in Athenians' lives and so the plays usually revolved around stories about Gods and people of high status such as kings. In the play, 'Romeo and Juliet', the story revolves around Romeo and Juliet who are of high status as Romeo is the son of "Montague" and Juliet is the daughter of "Capulets" who are "both alike in dignity." This makes Romeo more of a tragic hero as the play is a tragedy....   [tags: Papers]

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Creon's Role in Antigone

- Creon in the play of Antigone by Sophocles plays a major role within the play. Antigone also plays an important role, as these two character’s conflicting views led to utter disaster, which highlights Creon as a tragic figure. Within the play Creon attempted to establish decisions for the common good; however, his decisions resulted in tragedy. Creon highlighted as the tragic figure, initially created decisions he thought was for the welfare and well-being of Thebes; however, Antigone, who rebelled against Creon’s decisions, caused Creon’s rage to cloud his rational way of thinking....   [tags: Creon as tragic figure]

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The Tragic Figures in Sophocles' Antigone

- Tragic Figures in Antigone      A good working definition of a tragic figure, in the Greek mythological sense, would be a person who, through a character flaw, is brought lower than that flaw would merit. The person with the flaw is usually royal, or at least noble. Greek tragedies were not written about common people.   Antigone may be a tragic figure in the modern, common sense of the word; that is, she was someone who has something bad happen to her. "Oh," someone might say when they discover Antigone's fate, "how tragic." Nevertheless, they do not mean that Antigone is tragic in the classical Greek sense; rather they just mean that Antigone got a bad lot that she didn't deserve....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Hero

- 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 at the bottom by the end of the tragedy due to the continual change of fate.  Macbeth fits the description of being a tragic hero, displaying his strengths, his weaknesses, his tragic flaw, and how in...   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra

- The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra His captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. Antony and Cleopatra seems to have a special place in Shakespeare's works because it is at a crossroad between two types of play. It clearly belongs to what are generally called the 'Roman' plays, along with Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. But it is also considered a tragedy. The importance of history in the play cannot be denied, especially where it is compared to Shakespeare's 'great' tragedies such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: Shakespeare Tragedy Plays Papers]

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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

- The tragic hero has served as the foundation of Greek tragedy since its inception in ancient times. He or she serves as a rallying point for the audience to cheer for and mourn with throughout the story, and ultimately teaches the audience a lesson about human vulnerability and strength through defeat. A tragic hero is “a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering” (DiYanni). The combination of the tragic hero’s character traits and the storyline he or she follows make the tragedy an actual tragedy rather than a depressing story with a sad ending....   [tags: god, hero, greek theories]

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Sophocles' Great Tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone

- Sophocles, one the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, composed two Greek tragedies that have survived to today. Oedipus the King and Antigone are Sophocles’ most well-known dramas. These two plays emphasize the catastrophic events that take place following a series of incidents and decisions. Throughout the two plays the audience is continuously uncovering details that will eventually lead to the downfall of the main characters. By comparing the two plays, one can identify similar aspects of the plays that would eventually lead to the characters downfalls....   [tags: intentions, defiance, fate]

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Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero

- Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero Before I decide on whether Eddie Carbone is a tragic hero, we must define what the word 'tragic' and 'hero' actually mean. 'Tragic'- A tragedy is a type of drama. A tragedy traces the fall of the central figure, the 'hero', as he grapples with his destiny. Historically, tragedy started in Ancient Greece. Greek tragedies usually formed on a very important and powerful figure (a king or a prince perhaps) who makes an error or judgement or who has a hamartia (fatal flaw) that leads to his tragic downfall....   [tags: A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller]

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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero

- Sophocles said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain. For Oedipus Rex, looking back is impossible to do without pain, a pain that stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. He freely chooses to pursue and eventually accept his own life's destruction. Although fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his undying quest for the truth ruin him....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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A Comparison of Fate in Iliad and Oedipus Rex

- Fate in Iliad and Oedipus Rex In the stories The Iliad and Oedipus Rex, Oedipus and Achilles exemplified the portrayal of how a personal characters' fate may lay in their own hands. The egotistical mindset Oedipus held triggered one of the most tragic turns in his future, resembling Achilles. As for his excess pride, it resulted in the loss of his good friend Patroclus. Oedipus' boastful ways were the initiation of his disastrous downfall. A few years before Oedipus took reign of king, he was requested to step aside while a group of men passed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Victim of Fate

- The Victim of Fate in Oedipus Rex The question has been raised as to whether Oedipus was a victim of fate or of his own actions.  This essay will show that Oedipus was a victim of fate, but he was no puppet because he freely and actively sought his doom, although he was warned many times of the inevitable repercussions of his actions. When first considering this topic, I speculated that maybe it was the destiny of Oedipus to suffer, but a friend asked me to explain why Oedipus, in the act of gouging his eyes out, cries explicitly:         No more, no more shall you look on the misery about me,         The horrors of my own doing!  Too long you have known         The faces of those w...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate's Triumph

- The Power of Fate in Oedipus Rex   Oedipus, the fated tragic hero of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, is a complex character who, through slow realization, learns that one cannot escape fate.  Throughout the course of the tragedy, Oedipus’s attitude evolves from arrogance to humbleness as he learns to seek for truth and finds that fate is impossible to control. In the beginning of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is a strong, noble king in search of justice for the slain former King Laios. Oedipus is both arrogant and ignorant of his future misfortune....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Oedipus the King

- Fate and Free Will in Oedipus the King In today's society we let our lives be led by a certain force that we believe in very strongly. Yet, a common debate that still rages today is whether we, as a species, have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. In the play, Oedipus the King, that special force is also used and is known and defined as fate. This played an important role in the lives of the characters just as it plays one in our daily lives....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus the King: Fate vs. Free Will

- Sophocles’ Oedipus the King: Fate vs. Free Will In Oedipus the King, one of Sophocles’ most popular plays, Sophocles clearly depicts the Greek’s popular belief that fate will control a man’s life despite of man’s free will. Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Throughout Oedipus the King, the concept of fate and free will plays an integral part in Oedipus' destruction. Destined to marry his mother and murder his father, Oedipus was partly guided by fate....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Imagine living a tragic existence, not even two entire decades long. Imagine being controlled by an invisible, yet limitless puppet string conducted by “the stars”. When fate is your enemy and time reveals each unraveling tragedy to your dismay, you understand how it feels to be the protagonist’s of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Tradition, heredity, and ancestry symbolize the celestial psychology that is the stars. Controlling every miniscule detail of the play from human behavior to action sequences, to the ultimate climax of the tale....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Character

- In all genres of literature, there are numerous character types one might encounter. Some bring humor or comic relief to a more serious plot, while others bring both pity and fear to the minds of the audience. A tragic character is one who shows characteristics above normality, while simultaneously giving evidence to the audience concerning his or her tragic flaw that causes the character’s life to end in an abnormal state of events. “A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.” (George Orwell, Columbia Dictionary of Quotations) In a tragedy the main character rises to greatness, then conti...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tragic Hero of Hamlet

- The Tragic Hero of Hamlet   Shakespeare's play, Hamlet illustrates the tragedy of a young prince's pursuit to obtain revenge for a corrupt act, the murder of his father.   As the exposition unfolds, we find Prince Hamlet struggling with internal conflict over who and what was behind his father's death.  His struggle continues as he awaits the mystic appearance of a ghost who is reported to resemble his father.  Suddenly it appears, proclaiming, "Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing / To what I shall unfold" (1.5.5-6).  The ghost continues to speak providing an important clue: "The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown" (1.5.38-39).  In short, this passage rev...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The Greeks' Tragic World View

- The Greeks' Tragic World View The Greeks had a tragic world view. I believe that a tragic world view is a view of the world in which there is little hope for any progress; everything grows, matures, and dies. The values taught by such a tragic world are bravery, fate, humanism, and reasoning. There are many examples of the teaching of these values in the Grecian literary works. Examples of such works are: the epic poetry of Homer, The Odyssey and the Iliad; works of Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone; works of Euripides, Media and The Trojan Women; and Plato's retelling of the trial of Socrates, The Apology....   [tags: Papers]

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Impetous Actions And Their Tragic Consequences

- Impetuous actions can dramatically alter the life of anybody in many ways. The lack of thinking things through and acting solely on one particular emotion can lead to unanticipated results. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows how impetuous actions combined with the need for lust can lead to a tragic end. It wasn't fate but rather Romeo and Juliet's hasty actions that brought their untimely deaths. Love at first sight ultimately led to the premature deaths of the two lovers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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