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The As A Tragic Hero

- Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, characterizes plays or stories where the main character is a tragic hero, who confronts his downfall due to fate, his mistake or any other social reason as tragedies. In the novel “One foot in Eden” novel, set in the 1950s in Jocassee, a town in South Carolina, Rash tells the story of a local military veteran who suddenly disappears and the people who are involved in the case. Rather than follow the basic fiction formula of moving the plot in a straight line, Rash repeatedly switches the narration to give the story more depth....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Mother, Hamartia]

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A Tragic Hero And An Anti Hero

- Like Aristotle had once said about tragedy, it is “the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in appropriate and pleasurable language; … in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, where with to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions. A tragedy, therefore, is a kind of lie (“imitation”) that tells a certain truth about human nature and the self. Classical tragic heroes possess hamartia or a tragic flaw, such as hubris, that often lead to the character’s own downfall; and according to Aristotle, "A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall." The protagonist must not only poss...   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Poetics]

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Defining The Definition Of A Tragic Hero

- Redefining the definition of a tragic hero Arthur Miller, the author of the essay titled “Tragedy and the Common Man” examines the definition of tragedy. Miller was also the playwright of “Death of a Salesman” which psychologically exploits a common man attempting to encapture the American dream. Miller’s theory pushes the limitation on the ideal of a tragic hero examined in these two pieces of literature. The following paragraphs will evaluate characteristics of a protagonist character named Willy Loman, examining his status in society, shortcomings and his choice to sacrifice his own life for his dignity....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics]

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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero

- An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most well known plays. Shakespeare enjoyed writing a variety of play types, like comedies and tragedies. Shakespeare liked how tragedies could make the audience feel emotions towards the character while learning a lesson about life. Tragedies contain a tragic hero, who experiences a downfall, and a tragic flaw in the hero, which causes the downfall to occur. The main character in the play Macbeth, is a man named Macbeth, who nobly represents the king of Scotland until he meets three witches....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Macbeth]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the Greek play Antigone by Sophocles is very different from traditional plays or tragedies. Not only does the play have two prominent characters, Antigone and King Creon, the two characters also function as a tragic hero. However, which of the two character is the real tragic hero. Antigone’s tragedy is from conflict and passion. To really understand which of the two character is the ‘real’ tragic hero, one must understand the definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be born from a high social class and his or her downfall must be caused by a fatal flaw of that character....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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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 Sophocles ' Antigone

- In Sophocle’s play Antigone, Creon fits all the traits of a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s definition. A tragic hero is a literary character who judges wrongly which creates his or her own downfall. Creon is the new king of Thebes and he will not allow any criminal activity, not even from his family. When Creon’s niece Antigone decides to go against Creon’s law he punishes her by burying her alive in a tomb; by doing so Creon is creating a recipe for disaster. Creon does not realize who else it will affect by putting Antigone to death, nor does he understand that he in turn paved the road to his own downfall....   [tags: Poetics, Tragic hero, Oedipus, Anagnorisis]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A person once said, “The Antigone [is] one of the most sublime and in every respect most excellent works of art of all time” (Hegel). The play Antigone [is] written in the 6th century by the writer Sophocles (Willocks). Sophocles is a play writer and he made tragedies more complex. A tragedy always ends in defeat or death, has a hero who is confronted by hostile forces and has a tragic hero who has to make a choice difficult moral choice. The main character is usually the tragic heroine. A tragic hero is a person who has a dramatic change in fortune, morally good, heroic in stature or social position, true to life and consistent (Willocks)....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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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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Sophocles ' Oedipus : A Tragic Hero

- Ever since man, has set foot upon the earth drama and tragedy has been the path chosen whether it is of ones own doing or of society’s traditional influences. Such is the case of Sophocles’ Oedipus. Oedipus, an infant born unto nobility, discarded by nobility, to be adopted into nobility and then to be chosen for nobility by the people, to be King of Thebes . To end up blinded by his own hand and led by his own daughter through the remainder of his life. It is in this manner that Sophocles choses to use the understanding of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero to depict that life lesson for today’s audience....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet And Oedipus

- "To be, or not to be: that is the question" (Shakespeare 1750). "Human beings have no part in the craft of prophecy" (Sophocles 1582). Both quotes are part of famous plays. Although the plays appear to be completely different they do have some similarities such as containing a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character that makes a mistake and eventually leads to their defeat. A tragic hero usually contains at least 5 characteristics such as a flaw (hamartia), reversal of fortune (peripetia), character 's actions leads to a reversal, excessive pride, and the character 's fate is greater than what they truly deserved....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Mother, Anger]

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The Stock Tragic Hero : Oedipus

- The Stock Tragic Hero: Oedipus We’ve discussed in class the qualities of a “tragic hero”. Illustrate that either Oedipus or Creon satisfies the requirements to meet the definition. Oedipus Rex, the ignorant king, a character created for the very purpose of being the epitome of a tragic hero. Bound and kicked out of his homeland as an infant; a force he could not control, driving his fate, taking away his free will. The character of Oedipus created by Sophocles around 430 BCE is the precedent for all tragic heroes created in the time after Oedipus’s sinful conception....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of King Lear

- In the words of Aristotle, a character must possess four key components in order to make them a tragic hero. First, the character must show his good intentions by any speech or action. In Aristotle’s words, “The character will be good if the purpose is good.” (Aristotle) The second component the character must possess is propriety. Propriety simply means the conformity to what is socially acceptable in behavior or speech. The third component is the character must be true to life. The character acts out of probability and necessity, and not just because of some random traits bestowed upon the hero....   [tags: Poetics, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Character]

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The Tragic Hero : Paul Walker

- The tragic hero our one-act play centers around is Paul Walker. Paul Walker was a famous Hollywood actor, known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the popular film series The Fast and the Furious. Paul Walker was an incredibly charitable man, who dedicated countless hours to charity and volunteer work. Walker founded the charity "Reach Out Worldwide”, an organization that provides relief efforts in areas that are affected by natural disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes. The three elements of the tragic hero we incorporated into our play are hamartia, hubris, and catharsis....   [tags: Poetics, Tragic hero, Speed, Tragedy]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus

- Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. It fits all the characteristics as defined by Aristotle. The tragic hero of a play is a man of some social standing and personal reputation, but sufficiently like ourselves in terms of his weaknesses that we feel fear and pity when a tragic flaw, rather than an associate, causes his dow...   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics]

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Creon 's A Tragic Hero

- In “Antigone” by Sophocles, the character Creon, who is the ruling king of Thebes, develops from a powerful king into a heartbroken widower. From the beginning of the play, the reader learns Creon has power “thanks to the gods” when the chorus sings from lines 179-184. However a characteristic not stated in Creon’s introduction, is the fact that he has a tragic flaw; thereby, making him a tragic hero. His stubbornness and obstinate views, cause turmoil in the play. Creon’s decision to prohibit the burial of Polynices, and to execute anyone who attempts to defy this order, leads the play into its series of unfortunate events....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Tragedy, Poetics]

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The Tragic Hero Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- In the fourth century, ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, defined the elements of tragedy in Poetics, the first book of literary criticism. He establishes the tragic plot by four components: hamartia, peripety, anagnorisis and catastrophe. Guiding the plot of a tragedy is a tragic hero, who Aristotle identifies with four qualities: a sympathetic character, realistic enough to be relevant to audiences, singular in purpose and appropriate behavior to his station in life. As few works can be correctly dubbed a tragedy, famed English playwright William Shakespeare’s drama, Othello, satisfies all elements....   [tags: Tragedy, Othello, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Aristotle once mentioned, “A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Throughout society, tragic heroes are always present within every type of literature. A tragic hero is depicted as someone who makes a judgement which leads to his or her own destruction. They follow the five characteristics in which they are born from nobility, are doomed to make the wrong judgement, possess a tragic flaw, are responsible for their own fate, and lastly convey emotions to the audience....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus : A Tragic Hero

- "Children, young sons and daughters of old Cadmus, why do you sit here with your suppliant crowns?", Oedipus asks his people unknowing that the answer given would set off a series of ill-fated events for the inquirer himself. The people of Thebes ask Oedipus to find a way to end the blight plaguing their city. In search for an end to this madness a prophecy is revealed that in order for the plague to end a man must be cast out of Thebes. A man who killed his father became husband to his mother and father to his brothers and sisters....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth fits well into the mould of a Shakespearean tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. Macbeth is viewed as a hero because in the beginning of the play he is depicted as a courageous, brave and good nobleman, although he is eventually brought down by two main factors, which are his persistence on listening to what the witches told him, and his overwhelming ambition. Eventually and progressively through the play, his flaws start out weighing the good aspects of his personality until all that can be seen of Macbeth is his poor qualities....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- According to Aristotle, the main function of a theatre production was to make impression on the audience. The emotional state of the main character is one of the most decisive factors for a successful theatre performance. The famous tragedy “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is the best known exemplification of Aristotle’s concept of the tragic hero and a perfect example of the key element of making an impression. The protagonist, Oedipus, is a strong leader, a righteous king and a famous man for his heroics making his grievous fall from grace that much more dramatic and emotional for the audience....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Character, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

- Will Hamlet avenge his father’s death. Who killed King Hamlet. Is Hamlet really mad. These are the things that keeps the reader intrigued throughout Hamlet. Throughout Hamlet, the main character, Hamlet, is shown to be the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. A Greek philosopher, by the name of Aristotle, said that any tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Hamlet is a perfect example of a tragic hero because of the many tragic flaws he has....   [tags: Hamlet, Tragic hero, Characters in Hamlet]

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The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- Macbeth Essay In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth was presented as a dynamic tragic hero through several different ways. The methods Shakespeare used to portray Macbeth in this manner was through Macbeths history; including his social stature derived from battle, the representation of greed and power he sought out, and by his mental deterioration over time. Macbeth’s own demise was cultivated by the power he wished to obtain, and that ultimately brought him down....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, William Shakespeare]

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Aristotle 's View On Greek Tragedy And The Tragic Hero

- Introduction One of the foundations of a Greek Tragedy is the concept of the tragic hero. Aristotle outlined what he believed were the characteristics of a tragic hero. Based on those characteristics we can examine Sophocles’ Oedipus and determine if he is representative of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. In this essay we will look at Aristotle’s views on Greek tragedy and the tragic hero and how Oedipus is representative of Aristotle’s views. The essay will show that Aristotle’s characteristics of a tragic hero are exemplified in the Sophocles’ Oedipus....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a clear representation of the downfall of a tragic hero. Set in Venice and Cyprus during the 16th century, Othello, a moor, deals with the manipulative actions of a general of the Venetian army, Iago. Due to losing his desired position of being Othello’s lieutenant to another solider Cassio, he plots is revenge in deviousness. Othello becomes persuaded by Iago 's rumors, framing, and miscommunications, causing him to kill Desdemona, his believed unfaithful wife....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Tragic hero, Iago]

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The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- “Power is poison,” Henry Adams once said. One who is capable of too much power may be harmed like poison. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor, instantaneously wants to become king after being confronted by three witches with a peek into his future. From this moment, Macbeth is poisoned by knowing just how much power he is capable of having. He cedes his wife, his friends, and most importantly his honor. Macbeth is expressed as a tragic hero through his tragic flaw of ambition....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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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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Oedipus The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus And Oedipus Rex

- Oedipus the Tragic Hero Arthur Miller alters Aristotle 's definition of the tragic hero and tragedy; Miller suggests that the common man is capable of experiencing the tragedy of a king because they experience "similar emotional situations"(148). Miller points out that the tragic feeling is induced when the character gives up everything to try to guard his personal dignity. The character is flawed but not too faulty in order to be relatable to the common man. However, the character flaw that causes his downfall isn 't a weakness....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Poetics, Sophocles]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As Tragic Hero

- The great Aristotle, created the term ‘tragic hero’, defining exemplary characters like Hamlet, Oipedus the King, and my personal favorite, Macbeth. The term, simply means, a character with the qualities of noble, and high-standing, but has flaws eventually leads to a tragedy. Macbeth is like any other human, with morals, goals, and of course, bad human qualities. William Shakespeare conveys Macbeth as tragic hero when he is represented as noble, brave soldier, but falls to the manipulation of his wife and the witches, making ambition and over confidence his tragic flaws....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- A classic tragic hero is a main component to any tragedy. Tragic heroes are used to help the audience connect with and become more involved with a story by using a relatable and understandable character. Act one of Macbeth presents Macbeth as a classic tragic hero. He is an exceptional man of his society who clearly understands the rules that are the foundation of Scotland’s social and political systems. However, Macbeth’s ambition forces him to war with himself. Macbeth displays all the qualities need to be a tragic hero, which includes his exceptionality....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Duncan I of Scotland]

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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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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

- William Shakespere 's tragedy of Hamlet is a story of revenge and distress involving Hamlet Jr, the prince of Denmark. The plot of the play focuses on Hamlet 's quest to avenge his father 's death. Hamlet learns that his father did not die accidentally, as the public believed, and that his Uncle Claudius is the one who murdered his father. Claudius then hastily married Hamlet 's mother and became king. Hamlet is an archetypical example of a tragic hero. He starts out as a noble and virtuous character and then confronts challenges that expose his tragic flaws which lead to his downfall....   [tags: Hamlet, KILL, Characters in Hamlet, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- The concept of a tragic hero is one of the most notable and widespread literary tropes, having been in existence for over some 2000 years. As defined by Aristotle in his Poetics, a tragic hero is someone who undergoes a struggle far more potent than deserved. Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, exhibits a tragic hero through its protagonist, Okonkwo. Achebe achieves this status through his tragic flaw of excessive pride, his ultimate demise caused by said pride, and his ability to evoke fear and pity within the audience....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- n his delineation of the defining factors of a tragic hero, Aristotle drew on the archetypes established in Greek tragedies by such masters as Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Because this type of hero occurred often, and these three great tragedians ' works served as a basis for later writers, the archetype persisted in European literature, as evidenced in works by authors such as Shakespeare. A major question that arises, then, is whether the tragic hero is a purely European archetype, perpetuated as a result of prominent Greek tragedies, or whether he occurs throughout all human culture and was captured by the Greeks in an example of a universally human character....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Tragic hero]

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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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The Crucible’s John Proctor As A Tragic Hero

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, Reverend Paris, and Abigail are the main characters. The book is about witchcraft or what the town thinks is witchcraft. John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper. John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling Elizabeth, “It is well seasoned” (p. 48) in reference to the rabbit she cooked, in which he had to add salt to....   [tags: Miller Crucible Tragic Hero]

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Kreon, Tragic Hero in Antigone

- In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, there is a character, King Kreon, who is portrayed as the tragic hero, or protagonist. A tragic hero is the main character with tragic flaw, or a defect that leads to their downfall and the character is usually of high status. King Kreon would be considered the protagonist because he is opposed by an antagonist and is the main character in the play, he has the tragic flaws of stubbornness and too much self-pride, and these flaws are struck with bad luck. King Kreon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he is the main character and he is opposed by an antagonist, Antigone, who disobeys Kreon’s decree to not bury Polynices’ body....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Antigone, ]

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Othello as a Tragic Hero

- Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays....   [tags: Othello, Tragic Heroes, Shakespeare, ]

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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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Tragic Hero in Othello by William Shakespeare

- To analysis this play, one should first look into the playwright, William Shakespeare, and see if he has tendencies to certain styles or genres. Shakespeare wrote about thirty-seven plays during his lifetime. Amanda Mabillard explained, “However, no one can know for certain because of the inexact documentation at the time the plays were first being organized and published” (para. 1). This meant that many of his plays might had been lost or forgotten. Of the thirty-seven plays he wrote ten tragedies, seventeen comedies, and ten histories....   [tags: tragic spectable, genres, styles]

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A Tragic Hero

- A tragic hero is defined as a person of high social rank, who has a tragic flaw or flaws that lead to their downfall. These heroes’ downfalls are usually either complete ruin or death. Tragic heroes face their downfall with courage and dignity. While many characters in Julius Caesar could fit these conditions, the person who fits the role of a tragic hero the best is Marcus Brutus. Brutus develops into a tragic hero throughout the play, and this is shown though his qualifications of a tragic hero, his high status, his tragic flaws, and his courage in the face of his death....   [tags: Character, Brutus, Cassius, Caesar]

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Achilles : The Tragic Hero

- In the Iliad, Patroclus stepped up and took over Achilles position in battle; he died for Achilles and revealed the true hero in himself. Patroclus, “lost in his own great innocence … condemned to beg for his own death and brutal doom” (16.54,55). He had such courage and bravery to take upon this high responsibility. Achilles even directs Patroclus to “take this command to heart—obey it to the end” so that Patroclus could win glory for him. (16.96). Achilles decides if he sends out Patroclus then he will receive glory for his acts....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Hero, Zeus]

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Tiger Woods: A Modern Day Tragic Hero

- Thesis: Professional golfer Tiger Woods is a modern-day tragic hero because his flaw of excessive pride directly led to the destruction of both his personal relationships and his professional career. Tiger took complete responsibility for his actions, but it came too late and by then he ended up suffering consequences that were excessive compared to his errors. One reason why Tiger Woods could be characterized as a modern day tragic hero is because he demonstrates the tragic flaw of excessive pride in the way he felt he was superior to be committed to just his own wife....   [tags: Modern Tragic Heros]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Sophocles, an ancient Greek tragic poet, has apparently written about 120 plays, but not all of them are acknowledged or have survived. Antigone is the part three of the Oedipus series, but Sophocles wrote this play first and then the other ones; he went backward with the series chronologically. Antigone (441 B.C.), Oedipus the King (around 430 B.C.), and Oedipus at Colonus (somewhere between 406-405 B.C.) are the most famous plays out of those 120 plays. Sophocles has a tragic hero in all of his tragedy plays....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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Oedipus: The Reign of a Tragic Hero

- The time period of Greek theater’s popularity was a very influential time in our world’s history. Without knowing what Greek theater was all about, how can someone expect to truly understand a tragic play and the history it comes with. The history behind the character of Oedipus, in the play Oedipus the King, is very complicated. His intricate past dealing with prophecies, family members, and murder is the main focus of the story. There are many characteristics that complete Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero; these being the presence of hamartia and peripeteia, a sense of self-awareness, the audience’s pity for the character, and the hero is of noble birth....   [tags: greek theater, noble birth, greek mythology]

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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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The Tragic Hero : Oedipus The King

- The Tragic Hero: In Oedipus Tyrannus. Is Oedipus a tragic hero. Oedipus in the play Oedipus rex, plays the villain, a murderer and even the role of a hero. As a tragic hero, Oedipus makes an error in judgement and is soon facing his own destruction and whose ultimate fate was determined by a self fulfilling prophecy. I believe that Oedipus becomes a tragic hero in Oedipus Tyrannus because he seeks justice for his father’s murder only to fulfill a prophecy of finding out he is actually the one who has killed his father....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero: Creon or Antigone?

- In the Greek tragedy Antigone, the characters Antigone and Creon can both be thought of as the tragic hero of the play. Though Antigone does show some of these characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon demonstrates the attributes more clearly and concisely. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Despite his harsh governing and his crude ideals, he is not good or bad. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, because of his superiority in his society, his nobility, and his tragic flaw, self-pride....   [tags: Character Analysis, Greek, Classics]

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Strength Of The Heart : A Tragic Hero

- Strength of the Heart According to dictionary.com a tragic hero is, “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat.” As defined by Aristotle, “A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” Both of these definitions are different; however they are both correct. The definition of a hero is debatable and depends on the situation. A tragic hero is someone who is born of a noble birth, shows humility, accomplishes great deeds, and is a national hero....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Troy]

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A Tragic Hero According to Aristotle

- Tragic Heroism: In Sophocles’ play Antigone, the character of Creon exemplifies a tragic hero more than the characters of Antigone or Medea because he experiences a fall from grace and his prosperous position, possesses a tragic flaw, and accepts the responsibility of his actions in a way that does not blame anyone and “shows enlightenment and growth”, all in accordance with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. (“Connections: A Theory,” 2000). In the play Antigone, Creon falls from grace and loses everything, which is an important aspect of Aristotle’s tragic hero definition....   [tags: Sophocles, Antigone, Analysis]

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Oedipus The King : A Tragic Hero

- Some perceive Oedipus, in Oedipus the King, to be an evil villain, while others a completely innocent man who is plagued by fate. Sophocles, however, desired to portray Oedipus as a mix between the two- as a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus fits the criteria of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he vigorously protests his situation, believes he has his own freedom and has a supreme pride. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus continually protests the idea that he is subjected to a prophecy....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Creon]

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The Tragic Hero Of Antigone By Sophocles

- Wiz Khalifa once said, “Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.” Some students may believe that Antigone was the tragic hero in the story, but the real tragic hero is actually Creon for many reasons. Some describe a tragic hero by whether they are heroic or born into nobility, but in the story he is portrayed as the antagonist. In the novel, “Antigone” written by Sophocles, Creon becomes the tragic hero by forbidding the burial of Polyneices, imprisoning Antigone for his own good and believing that he is the only one that can control the law....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Antigone]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Life is not just pretty skies and sunny days it consisted heartbreaks and heartaches’. This is apparent in Sophocles trilogy play “Antigone”. Sophocles’ illustration of man’s catastrophes highlights in the character Creon who becomes the King of Thebes after Eteocles and Polyneices (his nephews) killed one another (after Polyneices attack his own land and his own people). Creon being the new king makes a stand against a trader such as Polyneices and declared that his body be left unburied. Antigone (Polyneices sister) takes a stand against Creon and his unlimited power....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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King Lear as a Tragic Hero

- The play of King Lear is a tragedy like many of Shakespeare’s plays, and many of them deal with the tragic hero that end up meeting their demise thanks to their tragic flaw. The tragic hero of this play is King Lear, and he is a man that is a ruler of the kingdom of Britain in the 8th century B.C. He is a very old man surrounded by grave responsibilities, which are taking care of the land and taking care of the citizens of the kingdom. Lear the tragic hero must feel suffering and contrast those good times to the suffering, except his suffering leads to chaos and ultimately his death....   [tags: Shakespeare, Tragedy, 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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Oedipus The King : A Tragic Hero

- A thunderous crash is felt when nobility falls from its ivory tower. A crash that is heard for generations. Sophocles’ Greek drama Oedipus Rex is just such a crash. It exhibits a noble king beset by unimaginable tragedy. Oedipus the King has elicited pity and fear from those who read it or watch it for many generations. How does one who is noble, and good, fall. It is “Aristotle 's demand that suffering be shown to have been caused, in part at least, by errors.” The plot, hero, diction and theme all lead to a final tragic event in the life of the noble king....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Poetics]

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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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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A tragic hero, in the classic Aristotelian sense, is a virtuous character whose error of judgment leads to their fall from grace. Their demise evokes in the audience a sense of pity for their terrible misfortune, and fear of experiencing the same fate. Both feelings are magnified by the hero’s belated recognition of his mistake. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the audience is immediately drawn to the titular character’s virtue and passion for social justice. It is more difficult to sympathize with Creon, who represents the oppressive factions--the government, the patriarchy, and elder generations--that abuse power....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus]

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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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Othello : The ( Tragic ) Hero

- Othello: The (Tragic) Hero Of the 38 plays Shakespeare has produced over his lifetime, his tragedies are the most heart-wrenching, horrifying productions the theater has ever seen. In these tragedies, there are gruesome ideas such as lethal love, megalomania, and the absolute corruption of heroes that were originally considered to be wholesome. The latter theme can especially be seen in the play Othello. In this tragedy, there is an ongoing theme of corruption in a considerable amount of characters in the play, the most significant change being in Othello....   [tags: Othello, Love, Tragedy, William Shakespeare]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Or A Villain

- In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the main character Macbeth is labeled as either a tragic hero or a villain. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. A villain is the bad guy of the story. They are the ones who come up with a diabolical plot to somehow cause harm or ruin (“Literary Terms.”). As of now where we are at in the play, it seems as if Macbeth is a character who does reckless things but intends to do the right thing....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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The Tragic Hero That Was Mr. Proctor

- The Tragic Hero That Was Mr. Proctor Mr. Proctor, a main character in the play The Crucible, is very important in understanding and analyzing of the story. Throughout his time in the play, the audience came to know and love him. However, because of his disgraceful actions with another woman, among other things, he ended up in the hangman’s noose. This is the analysis of how Mr. Proctor became this well-known tragic hero. Among the things that will be discussed: his affair with Abigail Williams, his wife, his fatal flaw, and fate/external forces....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Mary Warren]

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Oedipus The King : A Tragic Hero

- Considered by Aristotle as the perfect example of tragedy, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is an Athenian play that follows the undoing of a Theban king by the name of Oedipus. The play presents a question Oedipus himself cannot answer: is it the man’s actions or is it the gods’ decisions that control the man’s destiny. Perhaps the answer is both man and god, but it is the man’s imperfections that determine what fate the gods will give him. While there is no direct proof that gods control everything in a man, from his dreams to his choices, Oedipus still proves that no matter how renowned a man is, that man’s weaknesses will determine his success or his failure....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Greek mythology, Jocasta]

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Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero

- Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero What makes a hero a tragic hero. According to the Greek play write Aristotle, a hero must possess certain character traits in order to be tragic. Aristotle’s rules are still used today when labeling a hero tragic or not tragic. Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States is a tragic hero, because he possess four of the six traits a tragic hero must possess. This will be proven through the use of credible sources and explanation of these four traits....   [tags: US president assasinations]

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Macbeth As A Villain On A Tragic Hero

- A question was raised as to whether Macbeth was a kindhearted villain on a tragic hero. So far our class has only read one act in the book during class. The story so far includes three witches­ better known as the three Weird Sisters Macbeth, his wife, Banquo, and King Duncan. The story is laid out like this: Three witches are gathered to speak with each other about future events. Macbeth has just fought and won in a rough battle against Scotland. Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor in favor of the king for killing his rivals so bravely....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth, Banquo]

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The Tragic Hero of The Great Gatsby

- Achilles' hamartia was his heel, Samson's was his love for Delilah, and Hamlet's was his indecisiveness. The definition of hamartia is a fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a hero. In each of these heroes' cases, they had a specific flaw lead to their demise. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby: the main character, Jay Gatsby is the tragic hero. Like all tragic heroes, he inspires the feeling of sympathy from readers. The thing that makes him so relatable is his hopefulness in pursuing the American Dream, just like so many others have felt and experienced....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald novel review]

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The Tragic Hero Of Julius Caesar

- Due to the eponymous title of Shakespeare 's 1599 play, Julius Caesar, readers often consider Julius Caesar to be the protagonist whilst subsequently labelling Cassius, the architect of Caesar 's demise, as the villain. Interpreting the play objectively, however, it is clear that Cassius is a tragic hero of Julius Caesar. In order to determine whether Cassius is a tragic hero of Julius Caesar, it is imperative to establish what a 'tragic hero ' really is. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as "a character who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice and depravity, but by some error or frailty." Aristotle adds, "He must be one who is highly renowned and...   [tags: Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, Augustus]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus And Creon

- Being in a position of great power can cause one to think they are in control. Oedipus and Creon, in Sophocles’ plays, The Oedipus Cycle, find out that being a king is nothing in comparison to being a god. Throughout their lives of triumph that ended in misfortune, they learned great value from changing their ways and recognizing their stubborn pride. Oedipus was able to see his faults, much sooner than Creon, though their fate was inevitable. A tragic hero is one who makes a judgement error that ultimately leads him/her to his/her own destruction while also learning from the experience....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus the King]

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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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Faustus : A Tragic Hero Or An Antihero

- There seems to be quite a debate on whether Faustus is a tragic hero or an antihero. Many people describe an antihero as someone who is “flawed,” a character that is corrupted, selfish, full of arrogance, and one who lacks heroic characteristics. An antihero can also be, the protagonist. In the play, Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe starts by describing Faustus’s accomplishments and gives the audience a background of where he comes from, where he was born, who his parents were, etc. Faustus soon realizes that even though God has given him the skills and intelligence to accomplish his aspirations, he still does not possess any “real” power....   [tags: Devil, Hell, Satan, God]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex

- Tragedy; it’s inevitable. In life, everyone is bound to experience a rough time. These rough times and flaws are what test a hero and build character. Someone experiencing hard times transforms an average person and his mistakes into something remarkable and heroic. What characteristics make him a tragic hero rather than just an ordinary person. A hero is a person who is admired for courageous acts, noble qualities and outstanding achievements. Despite possessing the same qualities as an ordinary hero, a tragic hero, who is born a noble birth and usually male, has a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to his ruin....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex

- Tragedy; it’s inevitable. In life, everyone is bound to experience a rough time. These rough times and flaws are what test a hero and build character. Someone experiencing hard times transforms an average person and his mistakes into something remarkable and heroic. What characteristics make a him a tragic hero rather than just an ordinary person. A hero is a person who is admired for courageous acts, noble qualities and outstanding achievements. Despite possessing the same qualities as an ordinary hero, a tragic hero, who is born a noble birth and usually male, has a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to his ruin....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Julius Caesar and the Tragic Hero

- Sakespear's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar holds two possible candidates for a tragic hero, however Brutus fits the persona best. The true definition of a tragic hero, as found by Aristotle, is a character who falls from a high standing to a low standing. They suffer enourmous loss, but are eventually enlightened of their own flaw or flaws. Initially the play begins with Caesar returning to Rome from defeating Pompey. Meanwhile, the first seeds of conspiracy are begining to take root. Although Brutus ignores Cassius's chiding to join the conspirators his tragic flaw of being easily molded and persuaded lead him to fall prey and join....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The building blocks of a tragic hero

- Imperfection, manipulation and ignorance are the perfect ingredients for creating a tragic hero. A great example of a person displaying these traits would be no other than Othello, from William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”. Throughout the play, Othello is manipulated and as a result he becomes extremely jealous and angry with the ones he loves. Othello is easily manipulated by the conversations between Iago and himself. Othello’s tragedy is caused because of personal flaws, and misguided trust in others, which is evident as his dialect, and behaviours change throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello]

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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- What makes a hero. In our society, a hero is thought of as a tall man who wears a cape and has super powers, but to the Greeks, it was very different. In every Greek tragedy, there is the tragic hero, defined by Aristotle as a character who is an extraordinary person, with both good and bad qualities. Although the character reaches a level of insight, a tragic flaw, such as hamartia, leads to their failure in the end. A perfect example of this can be found in Sophocles’ trilogy, The Theban Plays which follows the struggling city of Thebes and the efforts of its rulers to escape their misfortune....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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Oedipus Is Not a Tragic Hero

- “Tragedy is an imitation of an action of high importance . . .” states Aristotle in his book Poetics (as cited in Kennedy & Gioia, 2010). Without a doubt, he observed and analyzed countless plays throughout his life and in Poetics, he writes a broad description of what a tragedy should contain (Kennedy & Gioia). Specifically, to Aristotle, tragedies require a “Tragic Hero.” What makes this literary character unique from the other heroes of literature. The most obvious and central difference is that the hero in question always experiences a disastrous reversal of fortune, which follows the recognition of a previously unknown truth (Kennedy & Gioia)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Essays]

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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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Julius Caesar is a Tragic Hero

- Julius Caesar is a Tragic Hero The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tale not completely focused on Julius Caesar himself. But is instead focused more on the conspirators that surrounded him. Julius Caesar is unwilling to believe several warnings that could have saved his life, Julius Caesar ends up being murdered after ignoring all of the warnings, everyone has a different view of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a character of high standing in society that has a flaw that leads to their downfall and must feel enlightened in the end....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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