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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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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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Tragic Hero

- In Antigone Creon is the tragic hero. Throughout the story he displays the four tragic hero characteristics. He was a person of high character. Creon was the King of Thebes and he thought he was the most powerful person. Creon didn't think anything could stop him. Pride was Creon's downfall. It lead to the loss of many loved ones that were close to him. At the end Creon realized he was wrong. He tried to fix it but couldn't. What makes Creon a tragic hero in the story Antigone. Since Creon was the King of Thebes he didn't care what others would think or say....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Tragic Hero

- Willy Loman, the main character in Death of a Salesman is a complex and fascinating tragic character. He is a man struggling to hold onto what dignity he has left in a changing society that no longer values the ideals he grew up to believe in. While society can be blamed for much of his misfortune, he must also be blamed himself to an equal extent for his bad judgement, disloyalty and his foolish pride. Willy Loman is a firm believer in the "American Dream:" the notion that any man can rise from humble beginnings to greatness....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Character Analysis Willy Loman]

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William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero

- William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero      If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic than his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.      Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Hero Essays]

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Macbeth - A Tragic Hero

- William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, written in the 1600’s is a perfect example of Shakespeare’s ability to manipulate his audience through creating a tragic hero. A tragic hero who, because of a flaw, tumbles from a well-respected hero to a cowardless murderer. It is through Shakespeare’s manipulation of figurative language, dramatic conventions and social expectations of the seventeenth century, do the audience witness the demise of this mixed up man. Macbeth’s persona of the tragic hero is enhanced even more when the characters around him influence his decisions, creating mayhem inside his mind and disorder throughout Scotland....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero

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

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The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar

- The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar Tragedy concerns itself with the downfall of a protagonist (or the tragic hero) that suffers crushing defeat or death. Brutus certainly fits in as the protagonist of Julius Caesar and the tragic hero. Since Brutus was one of the main characters of the play, it would be obvious that he would be the tragic hero of the play as well. The downfall of the protagonist occurs through a tragic flaw of the protagonist. Brutus' tragic flaw was making bad judgments. For example, he let Antony speak at Caesar's funeral, he let Antony live and also he marched to Phillipi....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

- Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero Before the twentieth century plays were mainly written as either a tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play the tragic hero will often do something that will eventually destroy him. In the book Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the tragic hero. In this tragic play the main character, which is portrayed as Oedipus, will do a good deed that will in turn make him a hero. This hero will reach his height of pride in the story, and in the end the action, which he had committed earlier, will return and destroy this man who was once called a hero....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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Julius Caesar: Tragic Hero

- Tragic Hero Essay Sometimes our friends keep us from achieving our goals. We make sacrifices to make our friends a part of our goals and achievements. If a friend gets left out, we stay behind with them to keep them from being alone. Some achievements require us to leave out our friends. This is what happens in the case of Julius Caesar. He became the ruler of Rome, leaving out his good friend Brutus. Brutus and other conspirators assassinated Julius Caesar turning him into a tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Macbeth the Tragic Hero

- Macbeth the Tragic Hero The most tragic hero was Macbeth. A tragic hero is one who commits an act and suffers tremendously for it. Just as all tragic heroes, Macbeth made decisions that led him to his doom. His actions were influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth, and the Witches. prophecies. He was greatly haunted by his desire of being King and to remain King. His noble characteristic slowly downgraded to a violent and cruel individual as the story progresses. Macbeth once used to be a brave gentleman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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 Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- The Tragic Hero of Antigone In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero actually is has been the subject of a debate for years.  It is unlikely for there to be two tragic characters in a Greek tragedy, and there can be only one in the play Antigone.  The king Creon possesses some of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary traits. Antigone, however, contains all of the aspects that are required for her to be the  main character.  According to Aristotle's Poetics, there are four major traits, which are required of the tragic character.  The character must be a good and upstanding person.  The character must focus on becoming a...   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- The Tragic Hero in Antigone Antigone is a Greek tragic piece that stresses the use of power and morality versus the law written by Sophocles. Both Antigone and Creon, the main characters in the play, could represent the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. In my opinion, Creon best qualifies for being the tragic hero and fitting the definition read in the previous sentence. The things he said, did, and the comments that were made by those around him show how a man with everything could lose it all due to his own behavior....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Tragic Hero of Macbeth

- The Tragic Hero of Macbeth Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches. Yes, it is the first scene from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a tragic tale of one man's quest for power and his ultimate defeat. The story revolves around our tragic hero, Macbeth, and how an admirable and noble man, so established in society, can fall so greatly. The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are various factors that contributed to the downfall of Macbeth of which three stand out most....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth: A Tragic Hero

- Tragic heroes, who destined for a serious downfall, are the protagonist of a dramatic tragedy. A tragic hero is usually a great hero, who gets the most respect from other people; on the other hand, a tragic hero can also lose everything he gained because of his mistakes. His downfall is the result of a wrong judgment, a flaw which might combined with fated and external forces. The downfall can cause the tragic hero to suffer for the rest of his life. In many literary works, the downfall of the tragic heroes usually happen in their highest point....   [tags: Macbeth Essays]

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Antigone: A Tragic Hero

- Antigone: A Tragic Hero Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone ]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero

- Macbeth as Tragic Hero     Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. Aristotle established the first criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Although the definition of a tragic hero has evolved over the years, Macbeth was clearly a tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. Macbeth began as a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was gradually ruined by his own superstition, cowardice and blind ambition....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth: A Tragic Hero The Macbeth character in Macbeth by William Shakespeare can be played many ways. Macbeth's relationship with other characters in the play and Aristotle's theory of a tragedy are ways in which Macbeth is shown as a tragic hero. At the very beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo are returning to Scotland from a fierce battle between the Norwegians and the Scottish. They have just won the war for Duncan. This shows a noble virtue of Macbeth, a requirement of a tragic hero according to Aristotle....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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macbeth as a tragic hero

- Macbeth as a tragic hero The character Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors that contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points, which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration are the prophecies, which were told to him by the weird sisters, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's long time ambition, which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's growing character degenerate from a noble man to a violent individual....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth was a Tragic Hero

- Macbeth was a Tragic Hero Macbeth exhibits most, if not all, of the classic traits of a Shakespearean tragic hero almost flawlessly. From his rise to greatness to his ultimate destruction and death, he is most certainly a tragic hero. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a thane--a high-ranking vassal to the king, much like a duke. Macbeth is also an extraordinary general. Macbeth meets three witches after his victory in a great battle. The witches already know his weakest point and act upon it....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays]

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Hamlet as a Tragic Hero

- Hamlet as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the English language, wrote a total of 37 plays in his lifetime, all of which can be categorized under tragedy, comedy, or history. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare's most popular and greatest tragedy, displays his genius as a playwright, as literary critics and academic commentators have found an unusual number of themes and literary techniques present in Hamlet. Hamlet concerns the murder of the king of Denmark and the murdered king's son's quest for revenge....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Hero

- Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero The most recent meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by Microsoft Works dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness." Many characters in the play were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but without argue, Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes are due to his own actions, and the rest of the cast were merely victims of this. Macbeth's action's lead to his very nemises. From the beginning of the play this tragedy of his was manifested through forces beyond human; the supernatural if you will....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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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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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero The character of Macbeth is a familiar example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many contributing factors which lead to his overall demise, often referred to as degeneration of his character who "suffers from ambition" (Cunningham 111-21) and the "passions of the mind" (Kirsch 269-96). Macbeth was born a Scottish nobleman who was a recognized soldier with an appetite for his opposing enemy's blood in order to protect his country and gain his valor....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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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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A Shakesperean Tragic Hero - Macbeth

- A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Hero]

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Achilles: a Tragic Hero

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

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Defining the Tragic Hero

- A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy story. He is the main theme. He is the source behind the main issues of the plot and some major points maybe cleared by observing his actions and nature. The tragic hero is always larger than life, a person of action whose decisions determine the fate of others. He is a man who is superior then the average person, a character of noble stature and greatness. Though the tragic hero is pre-eminently great, he is not perfect. Otherwise, the audience would be unable to identify with him and his tragedy....   [tags: World Literature]

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Creon As The Tragic Hero In Antigone

- Sophocles’ Antigone is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tragedies ever written. There are many questions that somebody could ask about this work, but this one intrigues me the most: Who is the tragic hero. Could it be Antigone. Or could it be Creon. Antigone might be the name of the tragedy, but I believe that Creon is the winning candidate. His role in the plot of this tragedy, his sensible tragic fault, and his dynamic character are the obvious reasons why I chose him as the tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone as a Tragic Hero

- Antigone as a tragic hero The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone is unanswered. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a tough one. Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies for doing what she believes is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen to her. Unlike Antigone, Ismene says “And break the law, our death will be more shameful even then theirs” (pg.5 line 60)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Oedipus the King as a Tragic Hero

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

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Hamlet: A Tragic Hero

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

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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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The Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Around 442 BC in the city of Athens, Greece, Sophocles wrote the greatly admired tragedy, Antigone. Antigone includes many themes such as Freedom, Protection of Personal Dignity, Obedience to Civil Law, Protection of Community/Nation, Loyalty/Obligation to Family, and Observance of Religious Law. Many of the Greek tragedies that have been written include a tragic hero that has his/her tragic flaw. In Antigone there are two main characters; Creon, the tyrant king of Thebes, and Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta....   [tags: Antigone, heroes, Sophocles, ]

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Looking at Othello as a Tragic Hero

- Looking at Othello as a Tragic Hero "Killing myself, to die upon a kiss." Othello's death brings a sense of justice to the play, one of the main forms and conventions of a tragedy. But if 'Othello' is a tragedy then Othello must be a tragic hero. Traditionally a tragedy follows the downfall of an individual who is usually high up in society (such as a king). This downfall is triggered by a fatal flaw in the tragic hero's character. During the play the audience must have many different feelings towards the hero, from respect to anger and maybe even pity....   [tags: Papers]

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macbeth as a tragic hero

- A Shakespearean tragic hero starts out as a noble person; a great exceptional being who stands out. A tragic hero has a tragic flaw of an exaggerated trait that leads to their downfall and eventually to death. William Shakespeare often made his main characters tragic heroes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the role of the tragic hero is given to the main character: Macbeth. This is because he starts off as a loyal and well liked man in the beginning, but has a tragic flaw of ambition which ultimately leads to his downfall....   [tags: essays research 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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Macbeth the Tragic Hero

- Macbeth could justly be classified a “Tragic Hero” as his tragic story fills out the defined criteria for a tragic hero. Macbeth holds a significant social status, reveals essential truths about humanity through his suffering, has tragically wasted talent, contains a “tragic flaw” leading to his downfall and finally he finds some relief in his death. Macbeth, throughout this play, has held a substantial amount of power in society. Firstly he begins as the Thane of Glamis before becoming the Thane of Cawdor and finally King of Scotland....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Othello as Tragic Hero

- Othello as Tragic Hero I would agree that it is helpful to an understanding of Othello's character to think of him as a tragic hero. On the surface, the opinion may be different because he kills his wife and commits suicide to end his anguish. However, if we look deeper the suffering that Othello has to go through, and the way that this powerful and heroic character is tricked and knocked off his high perch by Iago (a lower status member of the army) he can be seen as a tragic hero....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tragic Hero of Oedipus the King

- "Writing About Drama" in the book, Literature for Composition, describes the world's greatest plays written before the 20th century as either tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play, the tragic hero usually does some fearful deed which ultimately destroys him. The main character of a tragic play does a good deed which in turn makes him a hero. This hero reaches his prime, and in the end a fearful deed which he had committed earlier, ultimately destroys this man once called hero. Oedipus the king of Thebes is an example of this tragic hero....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Oedipus: A Tragic Hero

- Oedipus: A Tragic Hero Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King is Sophocles’s first play of “The Theban Cycle.” It tells the story of a king that tries to escape his fate, but by doing so he only brings about his downfall. Oedipus is a classic example of the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a basically good and noble person who causes his own downfall due to a flaw in his character. Oedipus is a man of noble blood; his parents, who raised him as a child, were King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Macbeth tragic hero

- Tragic Hero or Villain. MacBeth the play is considered a tragedy and every tragedy needs a tragic hero. There are many factors that caused the degeneration of Macbeth. Macbeth is not a villlian in this story he is a tragic hero. The major factor that started the downfall was the prophecy by the witches in Act 1, Scene 3. The witches were praising Macbeth. The first witch said, “All hail, Macbeth. Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” The second witch said, “ All hail, Macbeth. Hail to thee, Thane of Cawder!” The third witch said, “All hail, Macbeth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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John Proctor: A Tragic Hero

- A Tragedy as a literary Work is described in which there is a hero that is basically moral individual destroyed by some character flaw and by force beyond his or her control. That hero is a tragic hero who experiences an inner struggle because of this flaw. Because of his charter flaw and his struggle to do what is right, John Proctor is a tragic hero. John Proctor is a very friendly man. Everyone likes being his friend. He is open, kind, helpful, upright, blunt-spoken, and just a good, hard-working man....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Macbeth--a Tragic Hero

- MacBeth In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the character of Macbeth is discovered to be a classic example of a tragic hero. Macbeth is a very ambitious and courageous person who lets three main things turn him into a violent individual. Two of the points, which most greatly contribute to Macbeth’s fall, are the prophecy, which were told to him by the witches, and how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment. These two factors along with his tremendous ambition to be king is what caused him to fall from a noble man who was loyal to his king to a violent man who would kill his king to become king....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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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Frankenstein Tragic Hero Essay

- Misery, despair, and pain. These character traits are often associated with the thought of a tragic hero, though it may be true there is more than the amount of tragedy a hero has to endure before achieving the title of a tragic hero. Defined by the greek philosopher, Aristotle, a tragic hero is someone who has fallen from nobility to suffer a doomed fate given by the gods. He or she has to battle against this damned future brought on as a consequence of self flaws and wrong choices that then offers enlightenment not only to themselves but also to the audience....   [tags: Tragic hero, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein]

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Essay On Tragic Hero In Macbeth

- Austin White Mrs. Morgan ENG 3U1 05 November 2017 Macbeth Essay Tragic heroes often have distinct qualities to them which makes them different compared to the other characters. Often times, the tragic hero has an abundance of ambition to acquire a certain goal. This leads to the tragic hero to obtain guilt,, as they have trouble accepting what they have done, or the person they have turned into because of their ambition. Lastly, pity and fear is felt by the audience, often during the downfall of the tragic hero....   [tags: Macbeth, Murder, Macbeth, Tragic hero]

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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 : 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 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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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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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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Brutus As A Tragic Hero

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

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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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John Proctor Tragic Hero Analysis

- According to Terry Otten, “a tragic hero is both weak and strong, innocent and guilty,” indicating that a tragic hero must appeal and remain perceptible to the average, everyday man (3). John Proctor, a man of pride and courage, has a concealed sin that remains hidden from the public eye. Throughout the novel, Proctor connects himself to the main theme of intellectual unjust and hypocrisy by enduring the guilt and sin of adultery that remains inside himself. As he continues to right his wrongs, Proctor begins to face the injustice of his society, and relentlessly stands up to save his wife and the people of Salem from the ignominious reign and consequences of his immoral offense....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Tragic hero]

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Essay On Tragic Hero In Julius Caesar

- A tragic hero is the antithesis for the common protagonist. Most protagonists show how they overcome great obstacles however, the tragic hero shows a more humane character, that stumbles and falls. The tragic hero usually exhibits three specific traits that lead to his or her downfall. In the play, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the characters of Brutus and Caesar both exhibit the three attributes of a tragic character. The first trait of any tragic hero is a high rank and potential for greatness....   [tags: Tragic hero, Roman Republic, Ancient Rome]

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Macbeth Tragic Hero Research Paper

- A tragic hero is someone born into a noble lifestyle, destined for greatness, but is tested by fate through great destruction and suffering. In the book Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, this concept is well demonstrated in the main characters uprising. When Macbeth chooses the wrong path, he is led by his ambition to his destruction. The presence of an active flaw, the struggle to eliminate it when too late and the path to demise it created are all reasons Macbeth’s story is tragic. As a result, Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition led him to become a tragic hero....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Murder, William Shakespeare]

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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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John Proctor Tragic Hero Research Paper

- A tragic heros is someone who faces adversity and has courage and they have similar characteristics throughout different literature. A hero often times experience a downfall, but confronts the situation in a way that causes them to be given the title of a tragic hero. Aristotle once stated about tragic heroes and recited “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Aristotle also came up with six characteristics that all tragic heroes have. Romeo is a prime example of a tragic hero by the quick judgements he makes due to his love for Juliet....   [tags: Tragic hero, The Crucible, Confession, Love]

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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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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 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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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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Tragic Hero

- The tragic hero is one of the most commonly used characters in literature today. The tragic hero first made his appearance with Sophocles, a Greek philosopher, in fourth century BCE. Since then, he has been used in numerous literary styles: plays, epics, tragedies, and novels. Why do so many authors utilize the man who lives his life in strive today. Authors use the tragic hero’s “struggles with destiny” (S.H. Butcher) to help teach the audience certain morals they believe are necessary for living....   [tags: literature, Sophocles, morals, 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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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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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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