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The Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucibles Tragic Hero A tragic event should bring fear and pity to the reader and the hero should be courageous and noble, hence when combined a tragic hero is presented. The protagonist, John Proctor, portrays a tragic hero in The Crucible. His hamartia of treachery caused great internal struggles, he displays hubris by challenging authority, and encountered catastrophe as the play went on. John Proctor’s decision to betray his wife caused internal turmoil and ultimately lead to his ruin at the end of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible

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

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Brutus is the Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar

- Brutus is the Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar       Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is a tragic play, where the renowned Julius Caesar is on the brink of achieving total control and power by becoming emperor of the Roman Empire. Ironically enough, when he thinks he is one step away from pulling it off, his "friends" (most from the senate) decide to overthrow him, with Caesar's most trusted friend, Marcus Brutus, acting as leader of the conspirators. Though the fall of Caesar from the most powerful man in the world to a man who's been betrayed and stabbed 30 times is a great downfall, he is not the tragic hero....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare

- The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare Tragedy is defined in Websters Dictionary as: 1) A medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man 2) A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the hero and a superior force (like destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites leaves the readers full of pity or terror. King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s great tragic pieces; it is not only seen as a tragedy in itself, but also a play that includes two tragic heroes and four villains....   [tags: Papers]

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True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

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

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Free Essays - Hamlet as a Tragic Hero

- An Examination of Hamlet as a Tragic Hero Webster’s dictionary defines tragedy as, “a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (such as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror.” A tragic hero, therefore, is the character who experiences such a conflict and suffers catastrophically as a result of his choices and related actions. The character of Hamlet, therefore, is a clear representation of Shakespeare’s tragic hero....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar - Tragic Hero

- The Tragedy of Julius Caesar - Tragic Hero Essay In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, I saw two main characters as tragic heroes. First, I saw Julius Caesar as a tragic hero because his will to gain power was so strong that he ended up losing his life for it. The fact that he could have been such a strong leader was destroyed when he was killed by conspirators. I saw Marcus Brutus as a second tragic hero in this play. Brutus was such a noble character that did not deserve to die....   [tags: essays research papers]

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John Proctor is a Tragic Hero in The Crucible

- John Proctor: A Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his teenage house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The True Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone: The True Tragic Hero Antigone, is the drama written by Sohpocles. There is still a great debate on who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone, Creon or Antigone. Many people believes that it must be Antigone, herself. This is because Antigone is an outstanding example of someone who did what she thought was right, while she was among fools, many hardships, and people who were discouragingly uncourageous. When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother, be left to rot unburied because he had died as a traitor, she tried to buried him even she knew that she would be punished....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone

- Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone Since the play’s inception, there has always existed a contention concerning the true hero of Sophocles’ Antigone. It is a widely held belief that Antigone must be the main character simply because she and the drama share name. This is, of course, a very logical assumption. Certainly Sophocles must have at least meant her to be viewed as the protagonist, else he would not have given her the play’s title. Analytically speaking, however, Creon does seem to more categorically fit the appellation of “Tragic Hero.” There is no doubt as to the nature of the work, that being tragedy....   [tags: essays papers]

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Eddie Carbone as the Tragic Hero of the Play

- Eddie Carbone as the Tragic Hero of the Play “One who is neither villainous nor exceptionally virtuous, moving from happiness to misery through some frailty or error in judgement.” The above opening quotation is from Aristotle, which is his view of what elements a tragic hero contains. This essay will investigate the destiny of the main character Eddie Carbone also known as a tragic hero, as illustrated by Arthur Miller in ‘A view from a Bridge’ against Aristotle’s view of a tragic hero. The play takes place in Brooklyn in a working-class Italian-American neighbourhood which is hooked by a social code....   [tags: A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller]

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Antigone--Who is the REAL tragic Hero?

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

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Oedipus: Tragic Hero Or Victim Of Fate

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

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Malcolm X and the Shakespearean Tragic Hero

- Malcolm X and the Shakespearean Tragic Hero           Aristotle defines a tragic hero as “good but flawed, must be aristocratic, must be believable, and must behave consistently.” The Muslim leader Malcolm X can be compared to such tragic heroes such as Othello and Hamlet. Malcolm’s life and his personality have similar traits from both of the famous Shakespearean heroes. In this paper we will look deeper into the life of Malcolm X and find the similarities between him and the tragic heroes, also we will prove that Malcom X can also be referred to as one of the great tragic heroes....   [tags: Othello Hamlet Shakespeare]

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Creon The Tragic Hero of Sophocles Antigone

- Creon The Tragic Hero of Sophocles Antigone Every Greek tragedy must have a tragic hero. In Sophocle’s play, Antigone, the most tragic hero is Creon. He is an essentially good man of high position who takes pride in his role as king. He possesses the tragic flaws of excessive pride and an oversized ego. This causes the tragic reversal that leads to his emotional ruin and eventual remorse and repentance. As King of Thebes, Creon is forced to make difficult decisions. As a new ruler, he feels it is necessary to prove himself to his citizens, therefore he rules his state with a firm hand....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Macbeth is a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Macbeth is a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Macbeth A tragic hero is said to be doomed from his beginning. Though courage and loyalty dwell in him, the temptation of superior life can be unsurpassable, and a civil person can display vicious, primitive attitudes and carry out evil deeds. Macbeth was an unfortunate man, who seemed insatiable, pitiless, and power-hungry, but really just attempted to cover up a tiny weakness he obtained through incidences beyond his control....   [tags: Papers]

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Sympathy for the Tragic Hero of Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Sympathy for the Tragic Hero of Macbeth        A tragedy according to Aristotle within ‘Poetics’ is; ’…Imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself...in a dramatic, not narrative form; with incidents arising pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions’ In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the character of Macbeth murders his king, Duncan, for personal motives, there appears to be little subjective reasoning for the murder.  This perhaps encapsulates the notion of an incident which has the potential to arise pity from an audience....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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King Lear: Lear The Tragic Hero

- King Lear: Lear The Tragic Hero The definition of tragedy in the Oxford dictionary is, "drama of elevated theme and diction and with unhappy ending; sad event, serious accident, calamity." However, the application of this terminology in Shakespearean Tragedy is more expressive. Tragedy does not only mean death or calamity, but in fact, it refers to a series of steps which leads to the downfall of the tragic hero and eventually to his tragic death. Lear, the main character in King Lear was affirmed as the tragic hero because the play meets all the requirements of a tragedy....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Oedipus the King: A Greek Tragic Hero

- Many Greek tragedies include a central character known as "the tragic hero." In the play, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, the character Oedipus, portrays to the reader the necessary, central, tragic hero. According to Aristotle, "a tragic hero has a supreme pride" (Jones. Pg. 133). That pride is a reflection of arrogance and conceit that suggests superiority to man and equality with the gods. Students of religion are often taught that "pride Goethe before the fall." In Oedipus' situation, his pride, coupled with religious fervor and other human emotions like guilt, lead to what can only be described as a downfall of enormous and costly proportions, in other words, his fate....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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traglear Tragic Hero in King Lear

- The definition of tragedy in Webster’s dictionary is, "drama of elevated theme and diction and with unhappy ending; sad event, serious accident, calamity." However, the application of this terminology in Shakespearean Tragedy is more expressive. Tragedy does not only mean death or calamity, but in fact, it refers to a series of steps that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero and eventually to his tragic death. Lear, the main character in King Lear was affirmed as the tragic hero because the play meets all the requirements of a tragedy....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Oedipus the King: A Greek Tragic Hero

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

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Aristotle's Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Aristotle's Tragic Hero in Macbeth       Aristotle and Shakespeare lived ages apart, but Aristotle had a great affect on Shakespeare's plays. In Shakespeare’s tragic play, Macbeth, the character of Macbeth is consistent with Aristotle's definition of the tragic hero.   Aristotle's tragic hero is a man who is characterized by good and evil. He is a mixture of good characteristics and bad characteristics. For example, Macbeth was an honorable Thane of Glamis. He was a valiant fighter who had protected his country of Scotland well, but he wanted to be king....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic?

- Arthur: Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's torrid tale of The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character, is confronted with a number of circumstances, both in and out of his control, that lead to his ultimate demise. While it can be argued that Arthur is a tragic hero, he lacks the underlying goodness and strength essential for him to fulfill this role. Otherwise, it may be demonstrated that Arthur meets all the criteria as a tragic hero, though there are other discrepancies to be noted....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Julius Caesar Tragic Hero (Brutus)

- Tragic Hero Essay In the play the Life and Death of Julius Caesar (just as in all of Shakespeare’s tragedies) there is much death, much tragedy, and of course, a tragic hero. However unlike most of Shakespeare’s plays this time the tragic hero is not particularly obvious. Throughout the play a few main characters present themselves as possibilities for being the tragic hero. But as being a tragic hero is not only having a tragic flaw but also entails much more, there really is only one person to fit the mold....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Macbeth-Response to Aristotles Tragic Hero

- Shakespeare uses Aristotle’s ancient description of a tragic hero - a character between good and bad - to portray the protagonist in the tragedy Macbeth. Aristotle’s theory that tragedy must evoke pity or fear from the audience can be done effectively through an everyman character. In order to appeal to the audience and bring forth some empathy, Macbeth must show his righteous morals through his own soliloquies or through other characters’ lines. Macbeth’s changing attitude is influenced not only by Lady Macbeth’s convincing words, but also too by his mind, which is only human and therefore subject to temptation....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero

- Tragedies have been written, told, and acted out for a number of years. Aristotle defined in his book, Poetics that a tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis, or purging of emotions. A tragic play that perfectly completes this cycle of emotions is Oedipus the King by Sophocles. This play follows a king of the town of Thebes through his journey of the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis. It is a tale of a man who unknowingly kills his father and fathers the children of his mother as well....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

- In the late 16th century and early 17th century, no playwright was better known than William Shakespeare. He was especially known for many famous tragedies. When Shakespeare wrote these plays he took many key aspects into account to create as much of an impact as possible on the reader or the audience. Macbeth, for example, is about one man, Macbeth who does what he thinks is necessary to become king but dies tragically due to his judgement. In this play, Shakespeare communicates how Macbeth's destiny can be changed depending on how he deals with his predicted future, in other words, his fate versus his free will....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reasons why Marcus Brutus is and is not a Tragic Hero

- The defenition of a tragic hero a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. This defenition is perpetuated most clearly by one of the major characters. This character is the noble roman Brutus. Brutus is the tragic hero because of the fact that he fulfills the requirements of a tragic hero. He is a person of noble bith. He does have a tragic flaw, he does come to some understanding, and he does finally meet his end due to his tragic flaw....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone

- The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a great debate over who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone. Many scholars would stake claim to Antigone possessing all the necessary characteristics of a true tragic hero, but many others would argue that Creon holds many qualities as well. It is hard to discount Antigone as a tragic hero, because in fact, the play bears her name, but from careful reading, Creon meets Aristotle's criteria exactly and fits perfectly into the role....   [tags: Papers Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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Elements that Make a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Works

- Elements that Make a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Works In all of Shakespeare's tragedies, the hero must suffer and in some if not most cases, die. What makes a tragic hero. One has to be a man of high estate: a king, a prince or an officer of some high rank. It was common practice for Shakespeare to tell of his tragic hero through the voices of others around his hero. This way we can understand his conflicts, his struggles, and flaws. Usually the hero's own actions and obsessions bring him to his tragic end....   [tags: Papers]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible – John Proctor the Tragic Hero What is a tragic hero. The most well known definition of a tragic hero comes from the great philosopher, Aristotle. When depicting a tragic hero, Aristotle states "The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." In addition, he explains the four essential qualities that a tragic hero should possess, which are goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar

- Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar      There is no such thing as the perfect person.  We may dream of such a person, but sadly, everyone has flaws.  These flaws are what make us human.  Something else that makes us human is our need for heroes.  We attribute 'perfect' qualities to our heroes.  In reality even our heroes are flawed.  The closest thing to the idealized person, or hero, is the Shakespearean tragic hero.  The tragic hero is someone of high standing, good character, and a flaw.  While it may be only one flaw, it is often fatal.  An example of a tragic hero can be best seen in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.  Marcus Brutus is a prominent lead...   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: the Exploration of a Tragic Hero

- Tragic and hero may not be words that easily reveal a relationship, but throughout literature the two have been linked to create an enthralling read. The emergence of the tragic hero seemed to take shape in ancient Greece where such works as Oedipus and Antigone were popular among all classes of people. Aristotle defined a tragedy as "the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself. It incorporates incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions." Though Greece may be credited with the creation of tragic heroes, the theme is seen in literary works across many different cultures, including England....   [tags: European Literature]

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Marcus Brutus as Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

- Marcus Brutus as Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar      In many stories there is a tragic hero. The hero finds out about himself and the people around him in the story. In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero. The play Julius Caesar is about politics and betrayal in ancient Rome. Brutus is part of the senate, which is below Caesar, who is soon to be crowned. The senate wants to overthrow Caesar to save Rome. To do this the senate has to get Brutus on their side and help them kill Caesar....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Can Willy Loman Be Considered A Tragic Hero?

- Can Willy Loman Be Considered A Tragic Hero. Whether Willy Loman can be considered a tragic hero has long been debated between critics. Ever since Miller produced the play, people have discussed whether Willy’s status was high enough for his fall to be considered tragic, or whether Willy can be seen as an altogether modern tragic hero, I will be looking at both these views taking into consideration critics views and also adding my own thoughts. Tragedy has its origin in ancient Greece. In his Poetics Aristotle defined a tragedy as portraying a serious, complete and important action involving pain or destruction and shows the fall of an important person from happiness and prosperity into mise...   [tags: English Literature]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- Shakespeare uses many forms of imagery in his plays. Imagery, the art of making images, the products of imagination. In the play Macbeth Shakespeare applies the imagery of clothing, darkness and blood. Each detail in his imagery contains an important symbol of the play. These symbols need to be understood in order to interpret the entire play. Within the play &#8216;Macbeth&#8217; the imagery of clothing portrays that Macbeth is seeking to hide his &#8220;disgraceful self'; from his eyes and others....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Essay on Hotspur as Tragic Hero of Henry IV

- Hotspur as Tragic Hero of Henry IV     In Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One, the characters' many different conceptions of honor govern how they respond to situations.  Each character's conception of honor has a great impact on the character's standing after the play.  For instance, Falstaff survived because he dishonorably faked his own death, and his untrue claim that he was the one who killed Hotspur may get him a title and land.  On the other hand, Hotspur lies dead after losing a duel for honor.  Hotspur, who is in many ways the ideal man by the standards of his time, is killed by his lust for honor.  In creating Hotspur, Shakespeare has created a variation on the tragic hero of other...   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Othello as a Classic Tragic Hero

-          Simply defined, a tragedy always entails the downfall of the protagonist. As a common standard in tragedy, the protagonist, or "tragic hero" is of high standing who is faced with some opposing force whether internal or external. "Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily possess certain distinctive qualities both of character and thought; for it is by these that we qualify actions themselves, and these- thought and character- are the two natural causes from which actions spring, and on actions, again all success or failure depends...." This excerpt from Aristotle's Poetics illustrates an aspect of tragedy upon which many works,...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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John Proctor as Tragic Hero of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor as Tragic Hero of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor fits the classic Greek definition of a tragic hero.  Aristotle, one of the great Greek philosophers, teachers and writers, stated that one of the most important aspects of a tragedy was the tragic hero.  He defined a tragic hero as a noble person that goes from a state of fortune and happiness to a state of utter misery.  The character’s tragic flaw causes this change.  Aristotle stated that witnessing the downfall of the character triggered an emotional release, which left the audience feeling relieved because they have empathized with the character, but not ups...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

- Brutus as the Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Because of Shakespeare's popularity among scholars and literary critics, his plays have been studied time after time. In the four hundred or so years since they were written, Shakespeare's plays and other literary masterpieces have been categorized. Many of them, including Shakespeare's portrayal of Julius Caesar's murder and the resulting events for Rome and for Caesar's conspirators, have been put into the "tragedies" category. According to the specifications and qualifications for a Shakespearean tragedy, Brutus, one of the men who conspired against Julius Caesar, can be considered a tragic hero....   [tags: Shakespeare Julius Caesar Essays]

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Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman

- Willy Loman as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman Willy Loman, the troubled father and husband in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, can be classified as a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle in his work, Poetics. In Aristotle's Poetics, a tragic hero was defined as one who falls from grace into a state of extreme despair. Willy, as we are introduced to him, becomes increasingly miserable as he progresses from a dedicated, loving father, though not without flaws, into a suicidal, delusional man....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Can Faustus truly be regarded as a tragic hero

- Can Faustus truly be regarded as a tragic hero Faustus, a tragic hero. In order to do this, Marlowe has drawn on the conventions of classical Greek tragedy, many of which dictate the nature of the hero or heroine. In ancient times, a hero achieved heroic status not because of saintliness or wickedness, but because of the acts he performed in life. The hero should have a socially elevated status and suffer a reversal of fortune in which he experiences great suffering. This is all certainly true of Faustus, who is highly regarded as both a lecturer at the University of Wittenberg, and an accomplished scholar....   [tags: English Literature]

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King Lear And Hamlet: The Makings Of A Tragic Hero

- In William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, the plot is driven by the misguided and sometimes baseless decisions made by King Lear and the brutality of family members towards one another. Like many other Shakespeare tragedies, this play is a commentary on action versus inaction, which is also seen in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hamlet is the prince of Denmark who is thrown into a tragic situation when his father is killed at the hand of his own brother, Hamlet's uncle Claudius. Both characters are riddled by family strife, the difficulty of running a nation, and dealing with the complex workings of their own mind....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

- Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth is a Shakespearian play involving an ambitious brave warrior, (Macbeth) who is cousin to the King of Scotland. The play focuses on Macbeths ambitions. Macbeth meets three weird sisters, who predict that one day he would be king. But Macbeth's ambition over took his life as he ended up doing anything to become king, even kill the ones closest to him. There is a great battle at the end of the play in which Macbeth is killed, proving that Macbeth would even be prepared to die to make his ambitions come true....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

- Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare charts the rise and fall of the Scottish general Macbeth, through a tale of treachery, deceit and death. First performed in 1606 ‘Macbeth’ is inspired by a story of the Scottish monarchy. A tragic hero is one who at the outset is not wholly good or bad but has a character fault that causes them to make tragic mistakes resulting in their eventual downfall. ‘Macbeth’ is a renaissance tragedy and we can see that Macbeth’s decisions to move away from war hero to noble aggressor as an example of him being an archetypal renaissance tragic hero....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

- The Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar William Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. He had no university education. It is stated that he became a country schoolmaster, but there is no record of his early career. Shakespeare was established as a play-write by 1592, he eventually wrote 37 plays. One of his famous plays is "Julius Caesar" this is a fictional story set in Rome around the rule of Julius Caesar. After a bloody civil war Caesar was appointed Dictator after defeating the previous ruler of Rome, Pompey....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

- The Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. Brutus is the tragic hero in the book Julius Caesar. In the play, Julius Caesar became a ruler in the triumphret in Rome, yet there was a group of people who disliked this very much. The group of people came together to become the conspirators and together decided they would rather have Brutus, a friend of Caesars, become the ruler of Rome....   [tags: Papers]

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No Tragic Hero in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

- No Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart     According to Aristotle a tragedy is "a drama...which recounts an important and casually related series of events in the life of a person of significance, such events culminating in an unhappy catastrophe, the whole treated with great dignity and seriousness." The novel Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe begins as a story about the life of a man named Okonkwo. It recounts the events beginning with his childhood and ending with his death. Part I of the novel is about Okonkwo, his family, and the customs and culture of his clan....   [tags: Things Fall Apart essays]

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Julius Caesar Essay: Brutus as the Tragic Hero

- Brutus as the Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar         Shakespeare’s tragedy, Julius Caesar, displays Brutus as a tragic hero, blinded loyalty and devotion. Brutus's heroic belief of honor and virtue was so powerful that it drove him to perform villainous actions and lead to his destruction. The tragic hero is "presented as a person neither entirely good nor entirely evil, who is led by some tragic flaw to commit an act that results in suffering and utter defeat." (Morner, Kathleen & Rausch, Ralph....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in Willian Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in Willian Shakespeare's Macbeth Two and a half thousand years ago, Aristotle defined a tragedy as 'an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude.' Two thousand years later, Shakespeare reincarnated this and other classical principles in the form of his four great tragedies; Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Aristotle laid down some elements which he and other classical theorists seemed to think necessary in a tragedy....   [tags: Papers]

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Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman

- Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman     Willy Loman, the title character of the play, Death of Salesman, exhibits all the characteristics of a modern tragic hero. This essay will support this thesis by drawing on examples from Medea by Euripedes, Poetics by Aristotle, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while comments by Moss, Gordon, and Nourse reinforce the thesis.             Death of Salesman, by Arthur Miller, fits the characteristics of classic tragedy....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]

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Hamlet as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

- Hamlet as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play According to the Aristoltelian view of tragedy, a tragic hero must fall through his own error. This is typically called "the tragic flaw" and can be applied to any characteristic that causes the downfall of a hero. Hamlet can be seen as a aristotelian tragedy and hamlet as its tragic hero. Hamlet's flaw, which in accordance with Aristotle's principles of tragedy causes demise, is his inability to act. This defect of hamlet's character is displayed throughout the play....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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Free Julius Caesar Essays: The Tragic Hero

- Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar A tragic hero is the character whose actions deeply affect the other characters and who creates a series of events that eventually lead to the character’s downfall and the downfall of his loved ones. Such a hero possesses a flaw in character that influences his actions and thinking and especially his judgments. In logically determining who the hero in Julius Caesar is, one simply must find the one character who fits the above guidelines. Marcus Brutus is the only one, and, thus, he is the tragic hero....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Creon as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Antigone Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. According to Aristotle, there are five basic criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Aristotle’s ideas about tragedy were recorded in his book of literacy theory titled Poetics. In it he has a great deal to say about the structure, purpose and intended effect of tragedy. His ideas have been adopted, disputed, expanded, and discussed for several centuries....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Common Man as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman

- Common Man as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman What is tragedy. While the literal definition may have changed over the centuries, one man believed he knew the true meaning of a tragic performance. Aristotle belonged to the culture that first invented tragic drama – the ancient Greeks. Through this, he gave himself credibility enough to illustrate the universally necessary elements of tragic drama. In The Poetics, Aristotle gives a clear definition of a tragedy, writing that it is “an imitation, through action rather than narration, of a serious, complete, and ample action, by means of language rendered pleasant at different places in the constituent parts by each of the aids [used to...   [tags: Death Salesman Miller essays]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: A True Tragic Hero?

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

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Villain, Tragic Hero, or Simply Ambitious ?

- Macbeth:  Villain, Tragic Hero, or Simply Ambitious .       The play MacBeth conforms to the definition of a tragedy: “A play in verse or in prose dealing with tragic events, usually ending in the downfall of the protagonist”1.  However, many sections of MacBeth do not describe a tragic hero, but merely a villain or a lord who is overly ambitious and pays the consequences for his actions.  MacBeth is a tragedy that challenges the very foundations of that genre, set by Aristotle and Plato in the third century B.C....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Tragedy and the Common Man - Miller Redefines the Tragic Hero

- Tragedy and the Common Man - Arthur Miller redefines the Tragic Hero Arthur Miller states in his essay, "Tragedy and the Common Man," " . . . we are often held to be below tragedy--or tragedy below us . . . (tragedy is) fit only for the highly placed . . . and where this admission is not made in so many words it is most often implied." However, Miller believes " . . . the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in its highest sense as kings were" (1021). It is this belief that causes Miller to use a common man, Willie Loman, as the subject of his tragedy, Death of a Salesman....   [tags: Tragedy and the Common Man Essays]

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The Flaws of the Tragic Hero Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- The Flaws of the Tragic Hero Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet With Hamlet being generally labeled as the best tragic hero ever created, it is ironic that his tragic flaw has never been as solidly confirmed as those of most of his fellow protagonists. There is Macbeth with his ambition, Oedipus with his pride, Othello with his jealousy, and all the others with their particular odd spots. Then there is Hamlet. He has been accused of everything and of nothing, and neither seems to stick. Flaws are carved out of obscure conversations when he may or may not be speaking truthfully and alleged from instances of his own self-discipline....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant

- Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant Throughout Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' the main character, Macbeth, is conveyed both as a tragic hero and as an evil tyrant. He is a tragic hero, as he falls from grace after being at the top, and suffers with dignity when all have deserted him, especially when the English armies are on the brink of attacking him and he refuses to submit, as he dies fighting or his beliefs. Initially, in the first few scenes, Macbeth is seen as a hero, fighting for king and country, but soon he meets the evil witches who change him for the worse....   [tags: Papers]

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The Rise and Fall of an Exemplary Tragic Hero in King Lear

- In "King Lear" Shakespeare makes use of a subplot to emphasize the sufferings of the tragic hero, King Lear. The characters Lear and Gloucester are both of elevated status in society, and both plummet into a world of disorder and chaos as a result of their errors in judgement. Gloucester's initial error in judgement causes division among his family, whereas Lear's tragic flaw has an effect not only on his family, but as the king he disrupts the society as a whole. These flaws lead to the sufferings of Lear and Gloucester as both characters must suffer through the worst in order to see the truth of their predicaments....   [tags: European Literature]

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Why Hamlet is a Tragic Hero and the Play a Classic Tragedy

- Dear Kylie, I noticed your submission to Culture Magazine, regarding Shakespeare’s great play “Hamlet”. Having recently studied “Hamlet” in Year 12 English, I think I can help answer one of your questions. You asked why is Hamlet regarded as a tragic hero and the play a classic tragedy. Before I can answer your question, you must first understand the difference between the meaning of tragedy today and what is meant by tragedy in drama. Whereas a tragedy in life may be considered something such as a death or accident, in drama a tragedy in drama is much more....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creon Defines the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone - Creon Defines the Tragic Hero    Antigone, written by Sophocles is a tale of a tragic hero who suffers with the recognition and realization of his tragic flaw. Although this short story is titled after Antigone, Creon is the main character and he provides the moral significance in the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride (tragic flaw). Secondly, his radical reversal of fortune is made clear after he struggles with the recognition of his fatal flaw....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Elements Contributing to Othello's Role of the Tragic Hero

- Elements Contributing to Othello's Role of the Tragic Hero What is a tragic hero. A tragic hero is the protagonist in the play who usually is faced with some opposing force whether internal or external. In order to be a tragic hero, one has to have the following characteristics: (1) be a nobleman, prince, or person of high estate; (2) have a tragic flaw, and a weakness in judgement; and (3) fall from high to low estate. These can be seen in Shakespeare's "Othello" which discusses the downfall of a noble man because of his flaws that are not actually defects in itself, but rather the excess of a virtue....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth Meets the Definition of a Tragic Hero

- Macbeth Meets the Definition of a Tragic Hero        William Shakespeare's tragic play 'Macbeth' contains images of suffering and details the consequences of one's action. The story, set within medieval Scotland, follows the actions of a man destined for greatness.  Macbeth is known to be noble, yet he falters and ultimately falls prey to his conscience.  As a result, Macbeth is the tragic hero of this play because he makes a fatal mistake, he endures great suffering, and he possesses a destructive hamartia....   [tags: Macbeth tragmac]

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Analysing the Portrayal of Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero

- Analysing the Portrayal of Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller is a dramatically tense tragedy that presents the story of the downfall of an ordinary man. The play examines the tragic consequences of Eddie Carbone's inability to understand himself and his actions. This predominantly takes the form of his prejudice towards his cousin and his inappropriate attraction to his niece. It is set in the 1950s and was written while Miller had become interested in the lives and work of Brooklyn's dockworkers and longshoremen....   [tags: A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller]

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Brutus: A Tragic Hero in Shakespeare´s Julius Caesar

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

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Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby According to Aristotle, there are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero: he must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero according to Aristotle's definition.   Jay Gatsby is an enormously rich man, and in the flashy years of the jazz age, wealth defined importance....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]

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Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello

- Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello     Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Most proud people will never consider themselves to be truly proud until they come face to face with the consequences of their pride. Sophocles and Shakespeare both address this dilemma in their plays Oedipus Rex and Othello. Through their nobility, their tragic flaws, the fall these flaws cause, and the suffering and wisdom they derive from these falls, Oedipus and Othello reveal the true character of the tragic hero and show the devastating consequences of pride....   [tags: Othello Oedipus Rex Shakespeare Sophocles]

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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Beowulf as Tragic Hero

- Beowulf as Tragic Hero By definition, a tragic hero is a protagonist that due to some tragic flaw loses everything he has. Throughout history, literature has always been filled with main characters possessing some tragic flaw. In Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his enormous ambition to become king. In Hamlet, Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his need for revenge for the death of his father at the hands of his uncle. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh’s tragic flaw is his need to be remembered. In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Beowulf also has a tragic flaw, excessive pride and the search for fame, which ultimately leads to his demise....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]

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John Proctor as Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible - John Proctor Tragic Hero The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, depicts the story of the Salem witch hunt and the chaos it caused. One of the main characters is John Proctor. Proctor is put through many life-changing decisions. In many cases, a decision he made in one situation led to another problem. John Proctor is the tragic hero of this story. If John Proctor was not such an admirable character, he probably would not have been in the massive mess he was. Proctor made a very humanly mistake in the beginning....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian as Tragic Hero

- The Picture of Dorian Gray:  Dorian as Tragic Hero      In "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, we see a beautiful young man who makes tremendous efforts to transform the actual world into the idealistic world of art, dreams and sensations.  Dorian's quest, however, culminates in his ultimate tragic destruction. Given that Dorian lives a corrupt life, one is likely to focus on the negative aspects of his character.  In spite of his significant character flaws, Dorian Gray may still be considered a hero.  This essay will examine Dorian's degradation from the innocent world to the vicious, sensation-oriented world.  The elements contributing to Dorian’s status of tragic hero will th...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

- Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar In the play Julius Caesar, the tragedy of the play was directed mainly at one specific character, Marcus Brutus. Brutus was the tragic hero of the play, because of his idealistic and pragmatic qualities. The mindset that Brutus possessed only allowed him to see the world and its people from one point of view. This point of view allowed him to make judgments that assumed only the best of people. This tragic weakness resulted in many errors throughout the play....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays]

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

- Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The play ‘Macbeth’ gives us many opportunities to consider the reasons for Macbeth’s actions. In this essay I will be considering the factors that have made Macbeth behave in such a way that he goes as far as killing his King, his companions, his companions’ families and drove his wife Lady MacBeth to commit suicide. I will also be talking about the techniques that Shakespeare has used to write this play. Shakespeare uses lots of similes, which is a technique that gives the audience a direct access to the characters inner thought as the other characters cannot hear him....   [tags: Papers]

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Hugh O'Neill as the Tragic Hero of Making History

- In Making History Hugh O'Neill was a well-liked character who also proved himself not only a good man, but intelligent and sensible. He inspires a large amount of sympathy in the audience. O?Neill had been fighting, backed by the Irish population, for Spain's support to rid themselves of the English for many years. When the Spanish finally agreed to help and announced they will land at Kinsale, a large distance from them, O?Neill at once spots the difficulties, ?Kinsale is out of the question. If the insist on landing in the south?tell them to cancel the expedition.....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Since the beginning of time, man has endeavored to become something more, to grow as a society. This has been accomplished through many extremes from war and conquest to science and exploration. The struggle endured during these events has indeed been great, but there is no greater struggle, nor one that reaps more reward, than that which the individual goes through to discover himself. Benjamin Franklin once said, “There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Arthur Miller capitalized on this theme in his play turned film, Death of a Salesman....   [tags: Papers]

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Dick as Tragic Hero in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night Essays

- Dick as Tragic Hero in Tender is the Night         Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night tells the story of an American psychiatrist Dick Diver and his wealthy, schizophrenic wife Nicole. We follow the deterioration of the seemingly wonderful, happy marriage of the stylish couple presented in the first book, to the finalizing divorce of the newly empowered and relatively stable Nicole and the somewhat broken, yet content Dick. Dick’s fall from grace is not entirely surprising considering the weaknesses of his character and the choices he makes throughout the novel....   [tags: Tender is the Night Essays]

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

- Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The first time we hear about Macbeth he is presented as a hero - 'brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name.' Before meeting the character we are told what other people think of him. This builds expectations. The audience would expect Macbeth to be the brave, heroic type, and would want to meet him....   [tags: Papers]

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

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

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Macbeth...Tragic Hero?

- Macbeth is a butcher.” Discuss this statement exploring the ideas of Macbeth as a tragic hero and that the murder may or may not be entirely his fault. In your answer consider the role of the witches, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s indecision and his fatal flaw, ambition. You must support your answer with specific reference to and quotes from the play. The play, “Macbeth” by Shakespeare is entirely focused on the main character, Macbeth. In this play there are many complex themes and symbols that ties in with Macbeth’s character....   [tags: essays research papers]

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