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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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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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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something. In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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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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Willy Loman - A Tragic Hero

- In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the author conveys the reader about how a person lives his life when he or she cannot live the “American Dream.” Willy Loman, the main character in the play is a confused and tragic character. He is a man who is struggling to hold onto what morality he has left in a changing society that no longer values the ideals he grew up to believe in. Even though the society he lives in can be blamed for much of his misfortune, he must also be the blame for his bad judgment, disloyalty and his foolish pride....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Tragic Hero From The Tragedy

- For this paper, I have chosen Topic One, Excerpt from Principles of Criticism by I.A. Richards, to analyze each of the tragic hero from the tragedy stories. In this paper, I will be going over the events and characters that have led to the hero 's fall or demise and then explain how I feel about their situations. I will state my feelings about the protagonist from each story; Prometheus, Oedipus, Hippolytus, and King Lear. What kind of emotion I feel as I read the texts, such as dread, horror, pity, or nothing at all for those main characters....   [tags: Greek mythology, Aphrodite, Theseus]

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The True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor

- The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]

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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone

- In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]

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The Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Everyone agrees that Oedipus is the quintessential Greek tragic hero. In fact, Aristotle had Oedipus specifically in mind when he first set down the requirements for tragedy in his Poetics. However, in other Greek tragedies, the tragic hero isn’t always so easy to identify. For example, in the play Antigone, the reader may have some difficulty deciding who the tragic hero is. Nevertheless, a careful examination of the facts reveals that Antigone is the true tragic heroine because she’s brave, flawed, and noble....   [tags: heroes, Antigone, ]

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Das Brütus: A Tragic Hero

- Das Brütus: A Tragic Hero In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Brutus is the quintessence of a tragic hero. Webster’s Dictionary defines tragic hero as “Any person, especially a man, admired for courage, nobility etc. … in a serious play with an unhappy ending” (277-626). This verbatim definition, however, is useless in an analytical essay. The idea of a tragic hero comes from Aristotle, who thought a tragic hero involved a character of high standing suffering a downfall caused by one or two character flaws....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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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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Antony - A Tragic Hero?

- In order to determine whether Antony is a tragic hero in Antony and Cleopatra, we must first define exactly what a tragic hero is, before being able to analyse whether Antony is portrayed as such. It is generally accepted that a tragic hero is a “man of noble stature”, who falls from a place grace, who exhibits many extraordinary qualities that set him apart from other men and who is a remarkable example of someone in his position. A key element of a tragic hero is that the audience must feel pity for the character’s death or downfall and there are several reasons both why the audience would feel pity for and why they wouldn’t feel pity for Antony upon his death....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Brutus: A True Tragic Hero

- The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the story about the men who conspired and followed through with the assassination of the great Julius Caesar. These men fear that Caesar will take the crown and become the next king of Rome. The roman people had a true averse feeling toward the idea of monarchy. So in order to prevent this they come up with a plan to end Caesars life, which is duly followed through on March 15, 44 B.C. Out of these conspirators there is one man that stands out to be a tragic hero, and that is a man by the name of Brutus....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Tragic Hero: Oedipus by Sophocles

- After reading the play Oedipus by Sophocles and noting that Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone of high estate who has a fatal flaw and falls from their lofty position. (Kennedy and Gioia 856) I felt compelled to write about Oedipus because he seems to exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Oedipus is the perfect example of a tragic hero because he is a noble of high estate and has a fatal flaw of Arrogance and pride. What comes out right away is that Oedipus is of noble decent....   [tags: Flaw, Pride]

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Tragic Hero: Agamenon by Aeschylus

- ... Agamemnon was just doing his job, but for very selfish reasons. He was being self serving, not only in Aulis, bur also in Troy, in Argos, and in Elysium. In the Illiad, after having sacked a city near Troy, women were taken as war prizes. A prize of war is considered property that was seized by the victors. While winning these prizes is an incentive to fight, it is not ethical to take war prizes. An ideal war (forgive the statement) is fought fairly and ethically, so the two sides can mend and forgive their grievances once the war has ended....   [tags: ancient Greek playwrights]

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John Proctor, The Tragic Hero

- In the play the Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because of his tragic fate and his sacrifice to his family. The play takes place in the town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692 during the times of the Salem witch trials. Many of the townspeople were being accused but one family inpeticular named the Proctors were at the epicenter of the accusations. The proctors were being accused by Abigail Williams, which eventually led to the death and hanging of John Proctor. John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because he had a tragic flaw, which was a lust for sex, which lead to an affair with Abigail, he had free choice of whether or not he was going to be hanged but adm...   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller]

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Jay Gatsby: A Tragic Hero

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

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Creon Is a Tragic Hero

- ... Creon argues with Haemon about how people should act towards the country which they reside in, “But whoever steps out of line, violates the laws or presumes to hand out orders to his superiors, he’ll win no praise from me. But that man the city places in authority, his orders must be obeyed, large and small, right and wrong,” Creon believes since he has the highest throne in his country, that he should be obeyed whether the circumstance (745-751). Lastly, Creon demonstrates to the audience that he is imperfect by wanting to protect his country too much....   [tags: downfall, innocent, punishment]

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Macbeth - A Tragic Hero

- William Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth tells the story of the rise and fall of its title character. After proving himself in a battle, Macbeth replaces the thane of Cawdor, who has betrayed his country. Unfortunately, his ambition gets the best of him and leads him to usurp the king's throne. As king, he is a paranoid tyrant and his ambition ultimately leads to his death. According to the standards set by Aristotle, Macbeth can be considered a tragic hero. Macbeth has a mixture of good and evil characteristics....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Gladiator: Commodus A Tragic Hero

- After its debut in America on May 5th of 2000, the movie Gladiator has been a nationwide symbol of heroism(Imdb). The film was directed by Ridley Scott and the lead roles of the film were carried out by Russell Crowe as Maximus and Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus(Imdb). The movie takes place during the reign of the Holy Roman Empire in the year 180 A.D. The Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is dying and wishes to leave the Roman Empire under the control of Roman General Maximus Meridius. The Emperor’s son Commodus betrays Maximus, kills his father, and takes control of Rome....   [tags: maximus, roman empire]

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Is Othello A Tragic Hero?

- Tahlea Robinson World literature I 2 April 2015 Was Othello a tragic hero. In order to be considered a tragic hero, one must ultimately be a genuine person, but makes some error in judgment that causes his downfall. A simple mistake or character flaw can bring them to an abrupt end, followed by a loss of everything they have. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello carries certain characteristics that make him seem very ingenuous. Although he is a prestigious character, he allows his surroundings to spin him into self-destruction....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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The Tragic Hero of Macbeth

- The tragedies of William Shakespeare often include a tragic hero. A tragic hero is one who brings about his own ruin and the ruin of those he loves. The tragic hero is not necessarily evil, he is simply human and has human flaws. Often there is a "fatal flaw" which leads to his downfall. In the play, Macbeth the tragic hero is the lead character, Macbeth. He is tempted by the chance to take the throne and he will do anything to get it. He becomes progressively isolated until in the end he dies alone....   [tags: literary analysis, critical analysis]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Throughout history greed for power and wealth has caused people to completely alter their natural ruling method. Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a tragic hero in his quest to be king of Scotland. The reason why I say that is, because for example Macbeth is an admirable, powerful, and well appreciated member of his society in Scotland, a society in which he employs a high position. In the play Macbeth, he is advertised as a tragic hero, and I do sense as if he is a good individual. but keep in mind that may have had to be a villain at once to become a hero....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Macbeth]

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The Tragic Hero Of Heroes

- Often we wonder what makes a person a hero. Sometimes we think of comic book heroes who perform miraculous feats, or even everyday people such as firefighters, military servicemen, or search and rescue individuals. Our concept of hero originally rose from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle who stated, “A tragic hero can be known to be great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who destined to downfall, suffering, or defeat” (Tragic Hero). To be a tragic hero one must go through so many obstacles and death sentences and never lose faith or be a coward....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology, Thetis]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- In my definition a tragic hero and An anti-hero are kind of similar. They are both flawed hero lead astray. They both can be on the side of good and the side of bad depending on their ego. On the other hand Webster 1913 dictionary define villain as a vile, wicked, extremely depraved, a scamp, scoundrel, and capable and guilty of great crimes. We all know from reading the first couple of acts that Macbeth shows some qualities of villain, but not clearly a villain. The only quality of a villain that we really see right now is that he is guilty for killing king Duncan cold blooded while sleeping....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, King Duncan]

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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet

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

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Macbeth : A Tragic Hero

- Throughout the play Macbeth, Macbeth goes from a brave, honored soldier to a crazed tyrant. How does one make such a drastic change. Why did Macbeth come to accept his role as a murderer. Macbeth has come to be known as a tragic hero in today’s terms. A tragic hero is a main character who, throughout the story, realizes his flaw and accepts that he cannot control the outcome of his actions. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth has a lot of situations that ultimately lead to his demise and tragic conclusion....   [tags: Macbeth, Macbeth of Scotland, Three Witches, KILL]

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Winston Smith: A Tragic Hero

- A tragic hero can be described as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering or defeat. In George Orwell's 1984, the protagonist Winston Smith is best described as a tragic hero. 1984 presents an imaginary future world where a totalitarian state controls all aspects of people’s lives. Oceania’s entire population is under totalitarian rule and is completely ignorant to the ideas of freedom of speech, action and thought. Winston Smith lives in a society where everyone must abide by government rules and regulations....   [tags: George Orwell, 1984]

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Crime : A Tragic Hero

- Crime is another main theme in the novel. In the Igbo tribe, crime is an offense towards the gods of the land which can also bring bad luck to the land. When a member of the clan commits a crime, the member can be exiled, or can serve some form of punishment or make sacrifices to avoid bad luck. In chapter thirteen, Okonkwo accidentally kills Ezeudu’s child during Ogbuefi Ezeudu’s funeral. This crime gets him exile from his clan for seven years. After his return to Umoufia, Okonkwo kills a white man and commits suicide because he lost faith in his clan to fight back and take back their land from the missionaries....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- In the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth, we see a noble man name, Macbeth, at the highest of his game. Macbeth is described as many honorable titles, until the middle of the Act we see his true flaws, and becomes a tragic hero. His ambitious get the best of him, and everything that he is known comes falling down slowly. In Act 1, the readers see how Macbeth becomes a man of titles, to the three witches pursuing him to control his future, and his own wife, Lady Macbeth, manipulating Macbeth to pursue his own future, like the three witched told him....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Macbeth]

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The Crucible : Tragic Hero

- Marissa Ledford Mrs. Quade 12/17/14 2nd period Crucible Essay Tragic Hero Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible and it portrays the story of the Salem witch-hunt and the confusion it has caused in the town. One of the main Characters is a man named John Proctor. Proctor is put through many life-changing choices. In many cases, a choice he made in one situation led to another problem and so on. John Proctor is most definitely the tragic hero of the crucible....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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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 As A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth written by William Shakespeare takes place during the 11th century in Scotland. Macbeth is a highly portrayed nobleman, powerful general, and the thane of Glamis. After receiving the prophecy that he will become king. Macbeth develops a cruel plot to kill King Duncan. While trying to live up to his prophecy, while blinded by the reward at the end, macbeth oversees the potential dangers that lead to his demise. Macbeth is seen as a tragic hero. He compromises his honor and negates moral responsibility to attain power and position which result in his tragic end....   [tags: Macbeth, The Birnam Wood, Duncan I of Scotland]

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Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

- Macbeth was a true tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. He was a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was haunted by superstition, moral cowardice and an overwhelming ambition.(Boyce) Macbeth’s ambition to be king starts off as just a desire and progressively as the play goes on it becomes his tragic flaws. Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder king Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake. Macbeth is represented as a tolerably good man up to the time when evil opportunity and a bad wife conspired to transform him into a villain....   [tags: Macbeth Character Analysis]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth was considered a tragic hero because he fought honorably for Duncan to become king against the invading forces and his bravery on the battle which later become the Thane Cawdor, but one of his tragic flaws is that he lets his wife control his ambitious desires. As far as the play continued Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were good people with very poor judgment being described as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen” there downfall was not caused due to evil but caused by their ambition against Macbeth, sparked by the witch’s prophecy....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Malcolm III of Scotland]

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Laocoon: A Strong Tragic Hero

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

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Macbeth is seen as a tragic hero. He settle his honor and violate moral obligation to attain power which result to his death. Evil should have been his name, but we know him as one of the evil men of Scotland. We will learn of tragedy and Macbeth 's bloody rise to power, which including the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is just as evil as her husband and in this play, she is the most memorable character. Like her husband, Lady Macbeth is ambition for power, which leads her into a realm of witchcraft, insomnia and madness....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Introduction Macbeth is seen as a tragic hero. He settle his honor and violate moral obligation to attain power which result to his death. Evil should have been his name, but we know him as one of the evil men of Scotland. We will learn of tragedy and Macbeth 's bloody rise to power, which including the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is just as evil as her husband and in this play, she is the most memorable character. Like her husband, Lady Macbeth is an ambition for power, which leads her into a realm of witchcraft, insomnia, and madness....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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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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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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Macbeth Tragic Hero Analysis

- Is it possible to be a good person after committing murder. In the play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth demonstrates that this is possible. Macbeth's driving ambition forces him to commit murder in order to gain and maintain his position as king of Scotland ultimately leading to his downfall. The mixed characteristics and fall from grace identifies Macbeth as an ideal tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero describes the character to be made up of six characteristics that sets the individual apart from the common man....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Duncan I of Scotland]

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Hamlet, A Tragic Hero

- Hero’s are defined by the actions they take, but they either live to see there fall or die heroically. One of shakespheres most memorable tragic hero’s Hamlet is the definition of a tragic hero. In the book, Hamlet, Shakespeare’s character hamlet is determined on killing his uncle the king. This goal proves to be challenging to him due to his morals. He often struggles with this throughout the book. This proves to be his downfall for not deciding to kill the king until the very end. A tragic hero has to have a fatal flaw that, combined with fate, brings tragedy....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]

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Achilles: The Tragic Hero

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

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Creon: A Tragic Hero

- Over time, history has given society many to whom we call true heroes. There are many reasons these heroes have been looked up to such as: bravery, dedication, confidence, and inspiration. However, a tragic hero requires a few different qualities. Aristotle describes a tragic hero as a “member of royalty,” someone who “must fall from tremendous good fortune,” and someone who creates pity for him or herself (“Connections: A Theory” 2000). In Greek drama, Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Medea both contain several possible tragic heroes including Medea, Jason, and Creon....   [tags: Character Development, Analysis]

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Creon the Tragic Hero

- ... He must choose between that edict and the life of his niece”(S.M. Adams The Classical Review. Vol. 45, No. 3; pp. 110-111). Creon has three main behaviors that cause him to be the tragic hero. First he favors civic laws over the love of his family. Second, his pride overcomes his rational decision making process because he does not want to be defeated by a women, even his niece. According to Teaching politics using Antigone "creaon has the inability to learn how to gain power. Creon comes to office throuigh the rather dubious claim of being the only male in the family who has not either killed his father and slept with his mother(or been killed by) his brother recently." Creon must ear...   [tags: Antigone by Sophocles]

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Brutus the Tragic Hero

- Shakespeare’s complex play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar contains several tragic heroes; a tragic hero holds high political or social esteem yet possesses an obvious character flaw. This discernible hubris undoubtedly causes the character’s demise or a severe forfeiture, which forces the character to undergo an unfeigned moment of enlightenment and shear reconciliation. Brutus, one of these tragic heroes, is a devout friend of the great Julius Caesar, that is, until he makes many execrable decisions he will soon regret; he becomes involved in a plot to kill the omniscient ruler of Rome during 44 B.C....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Hamlet: A Tragic Hero

- “A tragic flaw is an error or defect in the tragic hero that leads to his downfall.” (http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/literature/bedlit/glossary_t.htm) In the history of literature, if the question of who was the most indecisive character was brought up, Hamlet would be a prime candidate. Hamlet had numerous chances to reap revenge for his father’s death but was only able to follow through after the accidental murder of his mother. Hamlet’s inability to make a decision ultimately leads to his demise, and for that is his tragic flaw....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]

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Achilles: The Tragic Hero

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

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Julius Caesar: Tragic Hero

- In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is portrayed as a tragic hero. He is one of the two characters from this play that goes from being very high in society to completely falling because of themselves. Brutus makes many mistakes but owns up to them. The fact that he is too pliable and accepts his death as his own cause shows the true tragic hero within Brutus, and every person has their own view and interpretation of him. The problem in this story, although its called “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, is far from being just about Caesar himself....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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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Faustus: A Tragic Hero

- C.S. Lewis once said “a proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” In Christopher Marlowe's most famous play, Doctor Faustus, he explores how power and greed corrupts a person through Faustus. Faustus is an intelligent and proud scholar who has studied all the Noble Sciences which begin with logic, then medicine, then law, and conclude with the highest of them all, divinity. However, even after reaching the peak of his studies, Faustus thirsts for further knowledge and power and turns to magic, believing it will turn him into "a mighty god" (I.i.59)....   [tags: literary analysis, john larson]

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Macbeth: The Tragic Hero

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

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Jesus: The Tragic Hero

- ... (Isaiah 7:14)” He was born to a virgin, Saint Mary, and conceived through the Holy Ghost. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:1) This quote from Lukes 2:1 shows how Mary and Joseph ended up in Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to her son in a manger, because all the inns turned them away....   [tags: prophecy, birth, quest]

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Oedipus, a Tragic Hero

- Oedipus a Tragic Hero What is a tragic hero. A Tragic hero is a man or character who has great influence, makes an error in his or her actions, and who must suffer the consequences of those actions. Oedipus’ tragic flaws starts with his excessive pride which leads to overconfidence as the people in the city lift him up and feed his ego: “You are not one of the immortal gods we know; Yet we have come to you to make our prayer. As to the man of all men best in adversity and wisest in the ways of God.” (Prologue, Line 34-37) Personality/character changes that moved him from being a great king to a blind man....   [tags: Character Analysis, Oddyssey]

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Hamlet as Tragic Hero

- Hamlet, the titled character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare’s most prominent play, is arguably the most complex, relatable, and deep character created by Shakespeare. His actions and thoughts throughout the play show the audience how fully developed and unpredictable he is with his mixed personalities. What Hamlet goes through in the play defines the adventures encountered by a tragic hero. In this timeless tragedy, despite Hamlet’s great nobility and knowledge, he has a tragic flaw that ultimately leads to his ironic death....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]

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Creon, A Tragic Hero

- Mamelak 1 Aaron Mamelak Mrs. Connolly English 2 3 October 2014 Creon, A Tragic “Hero” “There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance”-John C. Maxwell, American author. In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes, typifies the tragic hero and Maxwell’s quote. Initially, he makes a huge error in judgment that eventually leads to his downfall. Also, his pure arrogance caused to go against the will of the Gods....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Haemon, Creon]

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Mugabe: A Tragic Hero?

- Is the title “Tragic Hero”, best suited for Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Mugabe was born in 1924 in Southern Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe). He excelled in all levels of schooling and completed his tertiary education in various institutions around Africa, receiving over six degrees, including two Masters of Law degrees, which he completed whilst in prison after the white government convicted him of conspiracy, in the early 70’s. He spent the early part of his career teaching in schools across Africa, and in the late 1970’s he diverted his attention into the political arena, and became the leader of the Zimbabwe African National United Patriotic Fund (ZANU-PF) and became Prime Minister in 1980(in...   [tags: African Nationalist, Economic Sanctions]

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Oedipus, The Tragic Hero

- ... Why kill someone in general. Oedipus also puzzled me when he married someone who was old enough to be his mother and conceive children with her. It was not just a coincident that he killed a man that was old enough to be his father and wedded a wife, a woman old enough to be his mother. “But I am the king now, I hold the throne that he held then, possess his bed and a wife who shares our seed”. Just by Oedipus saying these word he is repeating the prophecy that was set out for him. If someone had predicted that I would have married my mother, I would avoid marrying someone who is older than me, I might try avoid being married at all....   [tags: plays by Sophocles]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Oedipus And Blanche

- With every acclaim to success, there is a falling as intense as the ascent. Failure is the building block for success and without failure being the constant reminder that perfection is non-existent, great achievements could not be obtained. After an accomplishment, the world seems utopian, but not for everyone. Some feats end in the catastrophic demoralization of an individual. Aristotle believed the tragic hero to leave the mortal world in consternation after rising to a high societal stature, and using this as a basis, he developed the six characteristics of a tragic hero....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Sophocles ' Oedipus

- Sophocles’ Oedipus is arguably one of the best tragic heroes in ancient literature, but does he conform to the Aristotelian criteria of tragic heroes. In his work Poetics, Aristotle details the characteristics that must comprise such a character, providing playwrights a strict criterion to follow when writing dramas. One character that is consistently mentioned along with this definition is the notorious Oedipus. Oedipus was the king of Thebes who slowly learned that he was responsible for the death of his father and was married to his own mother....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Oedipus, Poetics]

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Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Murder or Hero

- Murder or Hero, Sometimes it’s Hard to Say Though someone who murders and is malicious would be hard to see as a hero, once the evidence has been shown it cannot be denied that Macbeth, from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, qualifies as one. Though his way of life may be hard to understand Macbeth is a tragic hero. This statement can be made because throughout the play he meets all the criteria necessary to be classified as one. Macbeth has a very clear and definite downfall and he also has the power to draw the pity and attention of the audience which classifies him as a tragic hero....   [tags: tragic hero, murder, duncan]

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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 Tragic Heroes Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

- Hamlet: One of Many Tragic Heroes Although tragic heroes in literature differ from one another with their own unique stories, they are all bound together by several common characteristics. Furthermore, many of these characteristics revolve around a general story line that consists of a noble and heroic character, who, in making a flawed judgement error, inevitably dooms him/herself. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince Hamlet displays many of these same characteristics shared by other tragic heroes....   [tags: Hamlet, Tragedy, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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Oedipus The King Of All Tragic Heroes

- When it comes to the history of drama Sophocles’ Oedipus is the king of all tragic heroes. From killing his own father and marring his own mother Oedipus’s tragic downfall leaves the reader emotionally scarred for life. Yet he still holds on to his morality and prevails past it all. Famous Greek philosopher Aristotle defines what a tragic hero is and Oedipus fits it perfectly. Oedipus is a true embodiment of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero through his ability to preserve his virtue and wisdom, despite his flaws and predicament....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles, Aristotle]

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Tragic Heroes : Oedipus Vs. Hamlet

- Tragic Heroes: Oedipus vs. Hamlet Aristotle once said, “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall”. There is usually some kind of tragedy in drama, involving the character’s life and his/her conflict. The character’s struggle is expressed to an audience through actions and emotions in a theatrical act. In these acts, sometimes a hero is the one experiencing the conflict, known as the “tragic hero”....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Hamlet]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth

- Shakespeare’s most enthralling characters are his great tragic heroes, who are motivated by forces of darkness internally and externally. The tragic protagonist experiences extreme emotions of both love and hate, leading to extreme actions. These feelings can be considered forces of darkness, which drive their actions to a great extent. An integral aspect of Shakespearean tragedy is the tragic hero’s fall from grace, which is often portrayed as an effect of a malicious fortune or fate. Nevertheless, this is due to a flaw in the character, which also makes them great....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, William Shakespeare]

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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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Macbeth- Tragic Hero?

- To what extent do you consider Macbeth to be a tragic hero. I intend to explore Shakespeares Macbeth in an attempt to determine weather or not Macbeth meets the criteria of a tragic hero. The first example we come across in the play of Macbeth being a tragic hero is him being of high birth, in act one scene three after Macbeth wins in battle king Duncan comes to visit him at his castle, whilst there Duncan acknowledges that Macbeths position is needed close to the kings, this relationship with the king fills the first criteria of being a tragic hero, High birth....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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The Tragic Hero Of Antigone By Jean Anouilh

- In Kierkegaard’s existentialism, there is personal, aesthetic, duty, ethical duty, and religious duty to god. Within this existentialism, two important categories of people emerge, the knight of faith and the tragic hero. The knight of faith will relinquish his ethical duty for his religious duty, a course of action that demands blind faith. The tragic hero will surrender his personal duty for his ethical duty, an undertaking that we can all truly understand. Antigone, by Jean Anouilh, is a tragedy in which each of the main characters, Antigone and Creon, take actions similar to those of a knight of faith or tragic hero....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Greek mythology, Creon]

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The Tragic Hero Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Ismene then continues by saying, “Think how much more terrible than these, our own death would be if we should go against Creon, and do what he has forbidden!”(Prologue, 44-46). Based off of Ismene’s response to Antigone, one can conclude that she, as well as the majority of the people in Thebes, was afraid of Creon. Furthermore, Creon going against the gods leads up to the tragic events which later take place and make him a tragic hero. Although Creon was the King of Thebes, he had no power to disobey the gods....   [tags: power, pride downfall]

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Oedipus : The King Of Thebes And Tragic Hero

- Oedipus: The King of Thebes and Tragic Hero Ancient Greek Literature encompasses an assortment of poetry and drama to include the great masterpieces of tragedy. In Classic Literature, tragedies are commonly known for their elaboration of a protagonist fitting the classification of a tragic hero. This type of hero often collectively described as a character of noble birth, facing an adversity of some nature and a fate of great suffering. The characteristics of what encompasses a tragic hero are most prominently recognized from the viewpoint of the extraordinary Greek philosopher, Aristotle, in his work Poetics....   [tags: Tragedy, Poetics, Sophocles, Anagnorisis]

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The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- When looking at a hero, some instantly think the stereotypical character that saves the day, is inhumanly perfect, and gets rid of or ultimately defeats the antagonist, but never think of the opposite, a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as the character that fails due to his or her own weakness or human error, so when thinking about the Shakespearean character of Macbeth one does not instantly think to use the word hero to describe him, but he is actually an excellent example of a tragic hero....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, King Duncan, KILL]

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Othello: The Tragedy of an Aristotelian Tragic Hero

- Shakespeare's play, “Othello, the Moor of Venice,” is a powerful example of a tragedy and it’s main character, Othello, is an excellent illustration of what Aristotle constitutes as a tragic hero. The play imitates life through basic human emotions such as jealousy and rage. In addition, Othello is far from being a perfect character - another quality that meets Aristotle's requirements. Othello also matches Aristotle's ideas of tragic hero because our Othello realizes the error of his ways, causing us to feel sympathy for him....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Tragic Hero Of Achilles, Hector, And Hamlet

- A Tribute to Tragic Heroes Dictionary.com defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness, usually it is pride; and be faced with a very serious decision that he must make (“Tragic hero as defined by Aristotle”)....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet]

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Tragic Hero in Othello by William Shakespeare

- One might think of a tragedy being a terrible and destructible event in one’s life that causes great pain and may contain great loss. One particular play written by William Shakespeare – one of the most well known poets in history, happens to be a tragedy-filled story. Othello, the Moor of Venice, set during the captivating renaissance era portrays a character named Othello who reveals characteristics of a tragic hero. The brilliant philosopher Aristotle from the fourth century B.C. developed his own definition and idea of what a tragic hero is....   [tags: Aristotle, Tragedy, Downfall]

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The Tragic Hero Of Achilles, Hector, And Hamlet

- Dictionary.com defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness, usually it is pride; and be faced with a very serious decision that he must make (“Tragic hero as defined by Aristotle”)....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet]

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The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- Hailey O’Donnell English ACE 3-4 In the tragic play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, the characters have many common roles seen through literature. One of which being the tragic hero. There are many ways to identify a tragic hero in literature, some of which being that they must be of noble stature, you can identify with said hero, and their downfall is partially their own fault. On many occasions Macbeth, the main character, is seen as a tragic hero role. He is shown with high regards throughout the play, many people can identify with him, and lastly, his own faults lead to his downfall....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Three Witches]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus And Oedipus The King

- A tragedy is an event that causes suffering, in literature this translates to the downfall or failure of the principle character. The audience is not only supposed to feel the character’s suffering, but also see through his nature and pick out flaws, which are then used to understand the reason for the downfall. The plays Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Oedipus the King by Sophocles are both centered around a tragic hero. However, Oedipus is the more effective tragic hero because his nature better embodies Aristotle’s elements of a tragedy....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Emotion]

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