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Cassandra as a Tragic Figure

- Cassandra as a Tragic Figure Cassandra is a tragic figure in Agamemnon. She is destroyed by a web of circumstances beyond her control, but not beyond her awareness. Cassandra has full knowledge of what is going to happen, yet she cannot change the tragic events. Cassandra’s tragic role is Agamemnon is best filled in three instances: as Cassandra is getting out of the chariot, during her dialogue with the leader of the chorus when she reveals her prophecy, and as she is approaching the doors to face her death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hamlet as a Tragic Figure

- Hamlet as a Tragic Figure Hamlet and his story is the perfect example of what comprises a “tragedy.” There are many factors that must be considered when attempting the art of tragedy. First, the tragic hero must be of great status. Also, the hero must possess a certain characteristic, “tragic flaw,” that eventually leads to his or her downfall. The suffering and calamity of the hero’s story must be exceptional. And lastly, the tragic story leads up to, and includes, the death of the hero....   [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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Hamlet as a Tragic Figure of Revenge in William Shakespeare's Play

- Hamlet as a Tragic Figure of Revenge in William Shakespeare's Play 'Hamlet' is a revenge tragedy. Within the play there are many aspects, which are particularly common within this genre. For example, in all revenge tragedies, there are scenes of madness, in some cases this is genuine, however, as in 'Hamlet', it is often an act. Another criteria of revenge tragedies that have been written into 'Hamlet' is a play within a play. The reason for Hamlet wishing to seek revenge is defined right at the start of the play....   [tags: Papers]

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tragoed The Tragic Figure of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)

- The Tragic Figure of Oedipus Rex      Sophocles is perhaps one of the greatest tragedians ever. 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. This pain stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. Oedipus freely chooses to pursue and accept his own life's destruction. 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 the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Tragic Figure of Dysart in Peter Shaffer’s Equus

- Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus” reads like a true tragedy blending religion and adolescence while questioning society’s “civilized norms”. Although Alan Strang seemingly suffers the most throughout the story, the true tragic figure in the play is Dysart, Alan’s psychiatrist. Dysart is forced to question everything that he previously accepted and his whole life is thrown out the window upon meeting Alan. Both Arthur Miller’s definition of a tragic figure and the traditional definition provided by Aristotle apply to Dysart....   [tags: Peter Shaffer, Equus]

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The Tragic Hero Of The Duchess Of Malfi

- Tragic figures are characters that aim for a goal but never reach it. They suffer throughout their story and are most likely to die before the play ends. The tragic hero is the most commonly known of these figures, but tragic villains also exist. An example of the tragic hero is Franz Woyzeck, of Georg Büchner’s working-class tragedy ‘Woyzeck’. Compared and contrasted to Woyzeck is the tragic villain, Ferdinand, of John Webster’s tragedy ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. Both characters fail to gain what they desire because they suffer of a mental illness....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi]

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The Tragic Hero Of Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar

- But how do we define a tragic hero. Aristotle offers a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the elements that a tragedy consists of in The Poetics. Known earliest surviving document discussing dramatic theory, Aristotle presents ideas and arguments that are still useful in analyzing more contemporary dramatic works. As found in his Poetics, Aristotle 's explanations of tragedy and the tragic hero support an argument that Brutus in Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar qualifies as both heroic and tragic....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Julius Caesar, Poetics]

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Figure of the Hero

- The figure of the hero is something that is an integral part of all religions, mythologies, and literature throughout the world. No matter what, these heroes convey a strong sense of the mentality of humanity. In literature, the figure of the epic and tragic hero is brilliantly depicted specifically in both The Epic of Gilgamesh and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a way that maintains relevance over time. According to Reference.com, an epic hero can be described as a “larger than life figure from a history or legend, usually favored by or even partially descended from deities, but aligned more closely with mortal figures in popular portrayals....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the tragic play, Antigone, Sophocles warns his audience against defying the will of the gods. As a result of a clash between the laws of the state of Thebes and the unwritten laws of the gods, main characters Antigone and Creon experience downfalls characteristic of the Aristotelian tragic hero. Antigone meets her demise because of her decision to bury her brother and hold herself accountable for her actions. While her defiant actions may be characteristic of an ambitious tragic hero, Creon’s unwavering pride and series of offenses towards the gods lead him to an arguably more tragic downfall of his own....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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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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Creon : Does He Classify As A Tragic Hero?

- Creon: Does He Classify as a Tragic Hero. Can a person benefit from dying, or how about from losing all one’s influence, fame or fortune. According to Bernard Knox, this is most definitely the aim of tragic dramas (1). There are many characters in ancient Greek plays whose “fall” becomes something of great worth. We call them “tragic heroes.” Basically, their purpose is to fall so we can learn from them. Much has been written on what actually qualifies a character to be a tragic hero. In the play Antigone, there is a character named Creon (or sometimes translated Kreon) who fits many of these qualifications....   [tags: Tragic hero, Poetics, Anagnorisis, Tragedy]

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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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Jay Gatsby: A Tragic Hero

- "Tragedy, then, is a process of imitating an action which has serious implications, is complete, and possesses magnitude; by means of language which has been made sensuously attractive, with each of its varieties found separately in the parts; enacted by the persons themselves and not presented through narrative; through a course of pity and fear completing the purification (catharsis) of such emotions." (Aristotle) The “tragic hero” is an indefatigable staple in all mediums of literature. Although the term’s defining characteristics have morphed since its initial inception by Aristotle those many millennia ago, the main idea has endured....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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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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Achilles: The Tragic Hero

- When researching heroes of classic literature it is impossible to ignore Achilles from The Iliad by Homer. Starting from the time that his mother Thetis dipped him in the River Styx, making his body practically invincible, it was obvious that the Greeks had a hero in the making (Achilles, 173). His physical strength and persistence to extinguish the Trojan society is untouched by any other figure in mythology (Achilles, 173). In The Iliad Achilles is not only a hero, but a tragic hero who experiences a downfall and realizes that it is a direct result of his actions....   [tags: The Iliad Essays]

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The Presence Of The Maternal Figure

- The presence of the maternal figure, in Shakespeare’s play King Lear, though rather absent, is often presented in a negative light and portrayed as being completely powerless whenever mentioned, which compared to the male power and authority present in the play. The unfavourable portrayal of women reveals the distrust men may feel towards women due to the uncertainty they may feel towards their children’s parentage. Women’s low social status is evident in the play, and irony is employed to exhibit the disparagement the society feels towards women’s gender roles....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Marriage]

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Tragic Hero in Othelo by William Shakespeare

- Conventions of Othello Shakespeare has been a part of the American Society for many years. Compared to other Authors, he has a different style of writing but within his own writings, they are all very much alike. He has written many plays including Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare was a man who wrote plays that followed the same literary conventions. These conventions included tragic hero, fallacy, irony, and also suspense. A tragic hero is a male figure who is high in society and one who always has a tragic flaw....   [tags: desdemona, romeo and juliet]

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The As A Tragic Hero

- Young and Childish Every story has a hero, whether it be a classic such as Hamlet and Macbeth, or a more modern film such as Lord of the Rings. However, not all heros are successful in their journeys, and end up as a tragic hero. Throught The Catcher in the Rye, Holden faces failure. After flunking out of school for the fourth time, Holden goes back to New York to start his journey and figure out what to do with his life. Holden then goes through life, acting childish and being unable to progress in his venture into the future....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]

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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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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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Julius Caesar - A Tragic Hero

- Throughout many of Shakespeare's plays, a tragic hero is identified; a heroic figure that possesses a character flaw that leads to his defeat. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there has been controversies over who is actually the tragic hero. Many people agree that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero. However, others argue and identify Julius Caesar as the tragic hero. After examining these two characters, a conclusion is easily drawn. Brutus is the tragic hero of this play because when a person who possesses such heroic qualities dies, it is a true tragedy....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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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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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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Antigone is a Tragic Hero

- Antigone is a Tragic Hero A subject of debate in Sophocles’ play Antigone is which character complies with the characteristics of a tragic hero. The qualities that constitute a tragic hero are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, isolation, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them. Creon possesses some of these qualities but, does not completely fulfill them all....   [tags: essays papers]

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Creon' Exemplification of Aristotle's Tragic Hero in Antigone by Sophocles

- Throughout literary history, tragic heroes have been defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. However, philosophers such as Aristotle tried to find connections between tragic heroes in Greek plays. This in-depth analysis of tragic heroes lead Aristotle to create six criteria for a true tragic hero: He or she has to be a Noble figure of royalty and noble in character, has to be imperfect by design, has a flaw or error that is a choice, is punished excessively for this choice flaw, has to undergo a downfall that leads to a realization, and the story of this tragic hero has to make the audience reach a moment of catharsi...   [tags: noble, flaw, downfall]

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The Tragic Story of Judas Iscariot

- The Tragic Story of Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot. A man who usually strikes fear into the hearts of Christians and Jews alike. But who is this praised man of Kerioth, really. He betrayed our LORD for 30 silver shekels. Yet, there HAS to be SOME good in him, or else, why on earth would Jesus pick him. I'll inform you on Judas' possible motives, thoughts that may have been running through his head before and after the fact, his culpability, and the status of his soul. Most people believe Judas' only motive for betraying Jesus to the Sanhedrin was greed....   [tags: Judas Christ Christianity Bible]

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Shakespeare's Tragic Hero in "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"

- After hundreds of years The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare has been studied, reviewed, taught, read, and immortalized in films. Why would a voluminous amount of resources be poured into this simple play. As with Shakespeare’s other works, this play has been a great tool for English majors, authors, and any interested to have an insight on human action and reason. The tragedy follows Cassius and Brutus, the protagonists, as they seek to overthrow Julius Caesar from monarchy in Rome....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Tragic Being of Frankenstein

- How far is it possible to see the being created Frankenstein as a tragic figure. "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes into you" Virtue is found at the margins of society more often than at its centre. If this is so, Mary Shelley's Creation is a typical example. Her creature is an isolate of great sensitivity, kindness, and insight. Mary Shelley's creature was modelled on Rousseau's notion of humanity as the "noble savage." The nobility of the Creature is evident as he unveils his chronicle to Victor Frankenstein upon the icy crags of Mount Blanc....   [tags: English Literature]

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Roy Hobbs: The Tragic Hero in “The Natural” by Bernard Malamud

- Discuss the figure of Roy Hobbs as a tragic hero. To what extent do his own flaws lead him to his fate. Does he display a kind of hubris like the characters in a Greek tragedy. Does he learn from his mistakes. The book “The Natural” talks mostly about the heroic acts of Roy Hobbs, his strength of not giving up his wish. The book is basically about the characters flaws that lead him to his fate. Hobbs wish was to become one of the most popular baseball players ever existed in history. He wanted to break any record that was ever existed in any record books, he wanted to be remembered in history forever....   [tags: flaw, baseball, mistakes]

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Lady Macbeth - More Tragic than Fiend

- At the end of the play, Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen” (5.7 .114). In your view, how appropriate is this description of Lady Macbeth. At first, one could easily summarise that Lady Macbeth is indeed a fiend like queen. Throughout the play, she does seem to be the driving force behind Macbeth, causing him to murder and commit devilish deeds. Malcolm had of course had a reason on why is view on the Macbeth’s was like it was. Together they had destroyed his family, and almost the whole of Scotland....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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The Tragic Hero Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

- Not quite a short story, but not quite a novel. Not quite human, but not quite robot. Mary Shelley, with some encouragement from fellow writers, created one of the most mashed up creatures never before seen. She combined mythological stories, science and human flaws to create this one of a kind ghost story. Mary Shelley’s fictional novella Frankenstein is the story about Prometheus with Victor as the tragic hero. A series of letters between Robert Walton and his sickly sister opens the novella and Walton, who is traveling to the North Pole, meets Victor Frankenstein....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Novel, Fiction]

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Thomas Hardy's Tragic Stories

- Thomas Hardy's Tragic Stories For centuries, various writers have endeavored to encapsulate the constituents of tragedy, and create works of literature that adhere to their understanding of an ostensibly universal system of tragic structure, tragic plot, and tragic theme. Nevertheless, the etymology of the word, "tragedy," proves to be as elusive and arcane as the tragic construct is seemingly concrete and unequivocal; indeed, the word, "tragedy," can be traced to the Greek word, "tragoidia," which literally means, "goat-song." We do not know whether actors in the Choral Odes read their lines clad in goatskins, or if goats were bestowed as prizes; we do know, however, that Aristotle recon...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Macbeth: A Tragic Hero?

- Macbeth: A Tragic Hero. A Tragic Hero is a common figure in many of Shakespeare’s works. A Tragic Hero is usually a figure of royalty, fame or greatness. This person is predominately good, but falls from prominence due to personality flaws that eventually lead to self-destruction. Macbeth’s major flaws are his ambition and impressionability. Due to their flaws, a Tragic Hero’s actions are often atrocious and cause them to battle with their conscience after their desires have been accomplished. These battles with their conscience evoke empathy from the audience....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Sympathy for the Devil in Nathaniel Hawthrone´s The Scarlet Letter

- ... Even in his punishment, Satan tortures others, gnawing on their backs for the rest of time. The Devil as George Spiggott in Bedazzled also demonstrates venomous behavior as he repeatedly tricks Stanley Moon into suffering through his non-specific wishes. Throughout the film, we see examples of George Spiggott terrorizing normal citizens with birds, bees, and parking tickets. Spiggott even demonstrates malicious behavior as he goes into Heaven at the end of the film to be turned back into an angel, only to show that he truly has not repented at all, but rather seeks out his own personal gain....   [tags: sins, malicious, tragic, punishment]

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Antigone--Who is the REAL tragic Hero?

- Who is the Tragic Hero. Many may say that Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone. Creon and Antigone¡¯s personas are equal-and-opposite throughout this play. The story belongs to both of them. Creon is the one who makes a mistake; his figure is perhaps more tragic. He¡¯s the one that realizes that he¡¯s wrong, and he suffers for it. Antigone walks to her death with her eyes wide open, without shame. Antigone is the true hero of the play because she makes a correct, justifiable decision and dies by it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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traglear Tragic Character in King Lear

- The Tragic Character in King Lear In William Shakespeare’s King Lear, the similar events that Lear and Gloucester experience result in a parallel plot sequence for the story. Lear and Gloucester are similar characters because they are experiencing similar problems while playing the role of a father. Their children also have a similar eagerness for power, a problem that both Lear and Gloucester should not have to deal with while addressing serious mental and physical dilemmas. And although the two characters are very similar, the story of King Lear is tragic, and Gloucester’s is not....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Julius Caesar : A Tragic Hero

- Julius Caesar may have been a noble person, but the people of Rome did not think so. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows the 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)....   [tags: Julius Caesar, Roman Empire, Ancient Rome]

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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet

- The Tragic Hero of Hamlet Defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, a tragic hero, in literature, is the main character in a story or piece of writing who has one flaw that brings them to their demise. In William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, throughout the tragedy there is one character above all the others that fits the part of a tragic hero. The misfortunate protagonist, Prince Hamlet of Denmark who constantly shows the viewers his flaw of procrastination and which ultimately leads him and many other characters to their unfortunate and preventable death....   [tags: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Prince Hamlet]

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Laocoon: A Strong Tragic Hero

- Throughout history, there are many scenes that are repeated in different mediums. Many of these scenes begin as stories. The image of Laocoon was first depicted with words as a story told about the Trojan War. Laocoon is a Trojan priest who had warned against the acceptance of the wooden horse. The gods, who are on the side of the Greeks, send two serpents to kill Laocoon. They first attack his two sons, and when he rushes to save them they attack and kill him (Lee 37). The snakes then return to the citadel of Minerva for safety....   [tags: tragedy, priest, nude, painting, poem, tide, sea]

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Examples of Tragic Heroes

- Tragedy and suffering happen often in the world, and it is often that tragedy comes upon someone that was once a hero. The steps of a tragic hero are being in a happy or “high place,” hamartia, which is usually hubris, followed by peripeteia, which is reversal of fortune, then their fall and recognition of the fall and failure. A good example of a tragic hero is John F. Kennedy Jr (JFK Jr.) and Pete Rose from real life. JFK Jr. started in his high place by being constantly in the spotlight because his father was the president....   [tags: Catharsis, Mistakes]

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Tragic Imagination: Shakespeare's Macbeth

- ... In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the main character is often influenced by his imaginative mind, and evidence of this can be found in three scenes: act 2, scene 2 after the murder of king Duncan; act 3, scene 4 when banquo’s ghost haunts the feast; and act 5, scene 3 before the final battle. To begin, Macbeth’s imagination in 2:2 adds to the tragedy by foreshadowing events that will take place later on in the play. After Macbeth has killed the great monarch Duncan, he and his wife converse about the events that had occurred....   [tags: play analysis]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophokles

- Before Aristotle’s tragic hero model, tragic figures were open to interpretation. The play Antigone by Sophokles, written in 441 BC, existed during this period of ambiguity of what a tragic figure exactly meant. Antigone involves two principal characters that could potentially be the tragic figure, Kreon and Antigone. Kreon is the arrogant king who declares it illegal to give Polyneices, a soldier who had betrayed Thebes during war, a proper burial. Antigone is the sister of Polyneices who is determined to give him the proper burial that she, as his family, is obliged to carry out....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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

- 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 of a tragic hero....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Character]

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Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

- Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman Produced in the end of modernism, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman portrays a tragic story behind the American Dream. The play encompasses over a life of an average salesman, whose personal failure consumed on his deceptive and deluded life. Aristotle would perceive the downfall of the main character, Willy, as an intellectual error – not a moral error for he had fallen into an error in judgment. Furthermore, Miller combines the Aristotelian principles of tragedy and immerses it in a relatable context for the common people....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics, Drama]

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Oedipus The King And Death Of A Salesman

- Oedipus vs. Willy Tragedy Essay RD The tragic plays Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman consist of storylines with interesting characters that face trials due to hamartia.The play of Oedipus the King by Sophocles describes a hero, Oedipus, who solves the riddle of the Sphinx and becomes ruler of the city of Thebes. Oedipus tries to cure the city of Thebes from a plague but is absorbed in his pride and doesn’t listen to the oracles or prophecies. Oedipus then discovers his fate, which eventually causes pain to his city, his family, and himself....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragic hero]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello - Describe Your Experience Of Reading

- 1) Describe your experience of reading Othello. To what extent can you identify with any one of the play’s characters. Which one(s). Why. Reading Othello for me was extremely difficult, I have never been a fan of Shakespeare. I find it hard to read and understand having to look things up to understand what message Shakespeare was trying to convey. This is probably my least favorite thing I have read. I do not believe I identify completely with any of the characters in this story. However, if I had to pick one it would probably be Desdemona....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Tragedy, Tragic hero]

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The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- Macbeth Analysis In his acclaimed dramatic tragedy, The tragedy of Macbeth, renowned playwright William Shakespeare masterfully unfolds the bloody and tragic tale of the great warrior Macbeth, from his rise to the throne of Scotland to his eventual demise. Written in 1606, the play is set in 11th-Century Scotland. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from three witches foretelling that he will become King. To ensure that the prophecy holds true, Macbeth aided by his cunning and cruel wife devise a plot to murder the current king, King Duncan, and seize the throne....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Protagonist]

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Modern Tragic Hero

- Death of a Salesman, considered as Author Millers most accomplished and successful plays, features the life of Willy Loman, a delusional salesman with a grandiose plan to live the American dream. As a result to the tragic events of Willy Loman’s life starting with his father’s abandonment, and ending with his suicide, Willy Loman never lives the life he has always dreamed. Although, arguably discredited as a tragic hero, Willy Loman attains the qualities essential to credit him as a tragic hero of modern times....   [tags: Character Analysis, Willy Loman ]

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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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Brutus: A Tragic Hero in Shakespeare´s Julius Caesar

- The definition of a tragic hero is perceived as on who is neither wicked nor purely innocent, one who “is brave and noble but guilty of the tragic flaw of assuming that honorable ends justify dishonorable means”. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus takes the role of the tragic hero. Brutus’s honor, nobility, and self-righteousness makes him “a tragic figure, if not the hero” (Catherine C. Dominic). As the play opens, Brutus is known as a Roman nobleman and a member of one of the most illustrious families in Rome....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: A True Tragic Hero?

- A True Tragic Hero. According to Webster’s New Standard Dictionary of the English Language, the definition of a hero is “a man of distinguished bravery; a principal figure in a story”. (127) A tragic hero is a hero of a tragedy, more specifically a person who either dies in the story or is defeated in a struggle with evil. The hero’s downfall is usually brought upon his or herself by an error in judgment or a tragic flaw. A hero is overcome by evil, but in the course of the struggle, the hero gains self-knowledge and wisdom....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- The Greek play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is known most famously for being an excellent portrayal of Greek tragedy. In the Poetics, philosopher Aristotle praises Sophocles for meeting his criteria of what makes up a perfect tragedy. The play follows an Aristotelian plot consisting of a scene of recognition, a reversal of situation and scenes of suffering. The play must also have the perfect tragic hero. They must be a superior individual without being too perfect, otherwise, their inevitable downfall would come across as unwarranted....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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Hamlet : The Existential Crisis Of A Tragic Protagonist

- Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ depicts the existential crisis of a tragic protagonist and the disturbing consequences of their actions in their surrounding environment, through the character of Hamlet. Shakespeare’s protagonist Hamlet experiences internal conflict as he seeks to elucidate a personal identity to determine his duty, authenticity and morality in a disparate world presenting contradictory societal expectations. Hamlet is characterised as a royal prince, learned scholar of Wittenberg and eloquent poet with extreme states of mind, imagination and intense feeling....   [tags: Suicide, Death, Existentialism, Meaning of life]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- “Trifles light as air / Are to the jealous confirmations strong / As proofs of holy writ.” (Shakespeare I.iii. 370-372). This quote spoken by Iago, the antagonist in Shakespeare’s Aristotelian tragedy Othello, depicts the Moor’s tragic flaw of jealousy, which is displayed throughout the play. The Moor is Othello, the perceived protagonist in this story as he is the character who is the subject of Iago’s devious plans. In Othello, Othello is the honoured general of the Venetian army who promotes another man to the position of Lieutenant instead of Iago....   [tags: Othello, Tragedy, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Cliff

- The Tragic Cliff Everyone needs a place to escape the everyday complications of life. Life has its ups and downs and we all learn to deal with them in different ways. Some people use exercise to release stress while others find places to hide from the stress for short periods of time. I found a place of relaxation hundreds of feet above everyone looking down. Right outside of town there is a cliff that overlooks the downtown area. There I feel as though I am above everyone and nothing could touch me....   [tags: Descriptive Essay Examples]

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The Crowds and Controversy Surrounding Malcolm X

- ... In the year of 1941 Malcolm dropped out of school and was introduced to Boston’s ghetto. He became a shoeshine boy and a railroad waiter. Malcolm also took a dark path when he started to involve himself in burglary, drug dealing, and pimping. Malcolm X was arrested and given a ten-year jail sentence in 1945. During his time in jail, Malcolm was persuaded to become a member of NOI by his brothers Philbert and Reginald who were both members of NOI. NOI stands for Nation of Islam. As soon as being released from prison he started to work within the NOI movement as well as adopting the name Malcolm X as opposed to Malcolm Little which he throught represented a slave name....   [tags: controversial figure, civil rights movement]

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Comparing Aristotle and Miller´s View on Tragedy

- In ancient Greece citizens hoped to go unnoticed by the Gods. The Gods played a huge role on what occurred in a citizen’s life. If a prophecy was decided by a God, then there was no altering it. Aristotle believes that this is what makes up a true tragedy. He suggests that tragedy is plot driven, and if the plot is set then there is no way around it. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is paying for the sins of his father King Laios. Laios was given horrible future by the Gods for angering them when he rapes another man....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Oedipus Rex, tragic hero]

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Julio Caesar by William Shakespeare

- ... However the validity of these perspectives on Caesar is undermined by the envious and disparaging tones with which they are delivered. Although Caesar is shown to be manipulative and frail, Shakespeare validates his values of political stability through the brutality of his assassination as unjust, conveying him as a tragic character at a time of political unrest. This is reflected in Brutus’ exclamation in high modality language over his murdered corpse, “Thou art the noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times.” Like Caesar, Nick, the main protagonist in Thank You for Smoking is presented as an assertive individual with a powerful and despised public façade as a spokesperson for t...   [tags: multi-faceted personality, manipulative figure]

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- Tragic figures are often complex characters who bring suffering to others, and are catalysts in the development of the work’s central tragedy. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, the protagonist Okonkwo plays a crucial role in the tragic vision of the work. The novel depicts Okonkwo’s life across many years and his rise and fall in the context of tribal life and early colonialism. Throughout the novel Okonkwo represents a tragic figure whose complex personality and values lead to the suffering of his son, the white missionaries, the tribe, and ultimately himself....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Tragic hero]

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Death of a Salesman: Tragic but Not a Tragedy

- Death of a Salesman: Tragic but Not a Tragedy Though a more modern version of tragedy in its’ classical sense, Death of a Salesman in many ways is very much like an ancient Greek play. In his ‘Poetics’ Aristotle tries to set out the common ideas throughout tragedy, attempting to demystify the necessary elements for such plays. One of his main ideas was that of the ‘Three Unities’ - that of Space, that of Time and that of Action. He stated that all the action of a tragedy must occur in the place, which was often the front of a palace, which allowed the poet to have many characters coming and going, and allowed random meetings to occur easily, rather than having to ‘explain’ the reaso...   [tags: Death Salesman Arthur Miller essays]

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Tragic Flaws in Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King, Sophocles’ classical Greek tragedy, presents tragic flaw(s) as the cause of  the near-total destruction of the life of the protagonist. This essay examines that flaw. In his essay “Sophoclean Tragedy” Friedrich Nietzsche agrees that there is an “error” within the protagonist, but refrains from specifying exactly what it is: The most pathetic figure of the Greek theatre, the unfortunate Oedipus, Sophocles takes to be a noble man called to error and alienation in spite of his wisdom, yet called too, in the end, through monstrous suffering, to radiate a magic power rich in a blessing which works even after he passes on....   [tags: Oedipus the King Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

- However, as a tragic figure, he inherently holds features staining his heroic traits. These traits impact him, shaping his life to fulfill a prophecy to hold true to a prophecy he attempts to escape. Trying to save Thebes, he contacts oracles to which Jocasta insists is ridiculous as Laius was said , "To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me. Now Laius--so at least report affirmed-- Was murdered on a day by highwaymen, No natives, at a spot where three roads meet." Jocasta goes on in detail, "The child should be his father 's murderer, Or the dread terror finds accomplishment, And Laius be slain by his own son", trying to prove that prophecies are not tr...   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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The Tragic Tale of Paul's Case

- The Tragic Tale of Paul's Case Love could have saved Paul in Willa Cather's "Paul's Case," but love does not find Paul. It is withheld within the hearts of all the people that could have shown affection toward Paul. Although Paul's life ends in suicide, Paul's English teacher, Charley Edwards, or Paul's father could have prevented his premature death.   First, Paul's English teacher could have prevented Paul's suicide. After her confrontation with Paul at the chalkboard, she becomes Paul's greatest school adversary....   [tags: Paul]

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Free King Lear Essays: King Lear as a Tragic Hero

- Most critics of King Lear take the position that he was a tragic hero.  However, there are critics who believe that he might be a comic figure.  This paper attempts to discuss whether King Lear is a tragic hero or not, looking at the works of two critics, each taking opposite sides.  On the one hand, there is A.C. Bradley, who takes the position that King Lear is a tragic hero because he demonstrates all the characteristics of a tragic hero as Bradley saw it.  On the other hand, G....   [tags: Essays on King Lear]

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Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero in A View from the Bridge

- A View from the Bridge is a dramatic tragedy, which follows the life of a dockworker, Eddie Carbone, in 1950s America who is the main focus of the play. He represents the average, everyday man in society, but his character draws parallels to many tragic heroes in the past shown in Greek tragedies, Shakespeare’s plays, etc. (e.g. Hamlet and Macbeth). A tragic hero is the hero in the story who has positive and negative traits and their negative traits is what eventually leads to the demise and this is what happens to Eddie....   [tags: Italy, America, dramatic tragedy]

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Okonkwo's Tragic Flaws in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

-        An increasing amount of contemporary literature traces its origins back to the early works of Greece. For ages, humans have fascinated themselves with the impossible notion of perfection. Unrealistic expectations placed on those who were thought to be the noblest or most honorable individuals have repeatedly led to disappointment and frustration, either on the part of those particular individuals or those they influence. Classic characters, like Odysseus and Oedipus for instance, exemplify the excess of some positive character trait, like pride or honesty, which ironically leads to their personal misfortune....   [tags: Things Fall Apart essays]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

- The dramatic tragedy, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, introduces two rival families with a relentless feud tracing far back in Verona’s history, the Montagues and the Capulets. The disturbance the hatred between the two generates is apparent from the start. A love is proclaimed and defiance against the enmity among their houses ensues when the adolescent children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, meet. All culminating with the deaths of the two and a grieving Verona. Notoriously, the matter of who is to blame for the demise of the two young protagonists can be infinitely disputed and reasoned by experts, high school students or anyone with exposure to the play....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet]

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Oedipus : A Tragic Man Haunted By A Cruel Fate

- Oedipus is a tragic man haunted by a cruel fate, of that there is simply no doubt. But does that fate excuse a man’s crimes. It is an important question that needs to be answered before we decide the Oedipus’s guilt. Are the murder of his father and incest with his mother somehow mitigated by the circumstances of the situation that led to them. I think not, a man is responsible for his actions a king more so than any man. In fact as a king Oedipus is responsible for all of Thebes. If he is not held responsible what kind of example is he setting with his authority....   [tags: Murder, KILL, Marriage, Oedipus]

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Comparative Character Analysis of Classical Vs. Modern Tragic Protagonists.

- Comparative Character Analysis of Classical Vs. Modern Tragic Protagonists. A hero/ heroine is described as the principal male/ female character in a literary or dramatic work or the central figure in an event, period, or movement. The classic tragic hero was defined by Aristotle in the fourth century as, “someone who is highly renowned and prosperous” (LATWP, 639), suggesting that there is a “natural right ordering and proportion of traits within the human being that if violated, produces calamity” (LATWP, 639)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- “I told him what I thought and told no more than what he found himself was apt and true”. Who is responsible for the tragedy that unfolds in Othello. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, we witness a classical Shakespearean tragedy where the main protagonist Othello has a fatal flaw of jealousy. In Act 5 Scene 2, Iago justifies his actions and claims that “I told him what I thought and told no more than what he found himself was apt and true.” Like Iago himself, such vindications should not be taken by face value and are contradicted in his numerous soliloquies....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Tragic hero, Iago]

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Quicksand shows Helga’s as a figure of a Mulatto with a constant conflict between ideas of black and white identity.

- Nella Larsen deals with the crisis of racial identity Helga has throughout Quicksand. She comments on the life of a mulatto woman at a strict black southern school who wants to find herself. Larsen deals Helga as the ‘tragic mulatto’ from the beginning of the novel setting clearly the views of black racial characteristics. The tragic mulatto being a stereotypical idea of someone doomed to limbo between being black and white. Helga exhibits, an inability to conform anywhere long enough to discover whether she is black or white....   [tags: Racial Relations, Black Identity]

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The Extent to Which Macbeth is Portrayed as a Tragic Hero in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- The Extent to Which Macbeth is Portrayed as a Tragic Hero in Macbeth by William Shakespeare A Shakespearean tragic hero according to Aristotle is usually a prominent figure, who happens to have distinctive flaws in their personality. Because of these flaws, and to a certain extent the influence of external force and or an ‘evil’ antagonist the character will experience a fall from prominence that will eventually lead to his suffering and often to his death. In Macbeth’s case, his fatal flaws are his impressionability, greed and most importantly his “vaulting ambition” and hubristic character....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth: A Tragic Hero

- Tragedy occurs to some more often to others, but most define it differently. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “a kind of drama in which some fatal or mournful event occurs” (764). To philosophers and traditional writers philosophy takes on another meaning. For example, to famous philosophical figure Aristotle, “tragedy occurs when noble or great persons are led, through pride or a secret flaw in their personalities, to suffering that changes their fortune. The tragic hero must begin in a high position and end in death or some sort of degraded role” (Definitions of Tragedy)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In Master Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible

- John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. During the play The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery. Proctor is an honest, brave man that carries a hidden fact, a fatal flaw. Proctor’s flaw is his lust for Abigail Williams that throughout the play leads to jealousy and hysteria and in the end results to his own death....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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War and Lust of Power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Considered one of the darkest and most influential of the tragedies, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth tells of the effects one suffers due to war and the lust for power. Macbeth himself is led to believe that he deserving and destined to become the king of Scotland, and allows his thoughts and actions to become corrupted due to his ambition. While Macbeth loses himself in his conspiracies to murder his king and his friends, the character of Macduff shows true strength and honor throughout the play....   [tags: murder, tragic, lust, power]

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Symbolisms and Irony in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

- Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is about young a woman who is addressed by her married name, Mrs. Mallard, whose husband befalls a tragic death. Instead of being sad and full of despair for the rest of her young life she feels a very strong sense of relief because in all honesty she never liked the idea of not having free will in her marriage. As she sits in her room and thinks about her situation she only feels relieved, almost happy that her husband died because now she can live her life....   [tags: oppressive marriages, tragic death]

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Edith Wharton Shows Love Can be Stupid in Ethan Frome

- ... Eventually, they’re forced to stay in Frome’s home (due to the winter storms) where the narrator sees two women; Zeena and Mattie. All look unhappy, and Mattie looks slightly dead. The novel now begins in Ethan’s past when Mattie ( Zeena’s cousin) is forced to live with the Fromes. Zeena, Fromes sickly wife grows weary of Mattie and complains in every opportunity possible. One day, Zeena has to leave to see her doctor. This gives Ethan and Mattie time alone; here Ethan is far happier than ever before....   [tags: irrationality, blinded, tragic]

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Oedipus the King: A Greek Tragic Hero

- Oedipus is a play written by Sophocles that many have heard. Few, however, would not be surprised to discover what Oedipus has discovered at the end of the play, that our tragic hero has killed his own father only to marry his mother. Many ask how this play could be a tragedy. What is the definition of tragedy. Aristotle's 'The Poetics', is a work in which he tried to define what tragedy was. Aristotle decided that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be centrally good, but must bring about himself his demise, due to a fatal flaw, known as 'hamartia'....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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