Character Flaws Essays

  • The Character Flaws of Macbeth

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    The Character Flaws of Macbeth Since The Tragedy of Macbeth was written there has been speculation about the cause of Macbeth's downfall.  Readers ponder whether Macbeth's fall was caused by a flaw in his character, Lady Macbeth, or an outside force of evil.  Although the witches set a certain mood and Lady Macbeth exerts a certain influence on him, Macbeth's downfall is caused by his own character. Macbeth's tragic flaw in character was the paradoxical pairing of his ambition with his

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Character Flaw

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    Character Flaw of Macbeth Everyone who is mortal has at least one flaw. Some flaws are more serious than others. For example, some people have addictions to gambling, while other people can not remember to put milk away after they use it. After a while though, a person's flaws come back to haunt them. The tragedy MacBeth is no exception to this rule. In it, many of the characters die. The reason is that they have a flaw that eventually leads to their downfall. Not every character is deserving

  • Use of Character Flaws and Literary Devices to Teach Morals in Oedipus Rex

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    Use of Character Flaws and Literary Devices to Teach Morals in Oedipus Rex The Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex is an excellent example of how an author can use literary techniques and personality traits to teach a certain moral or theme.  In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles communicates his themes and morals to the reader through the character flaws of Oedipus, a tragic hero. The most prominent character flaw that Oedipus possesses is his excessive arrogance. One way this flaw is displayed is Oedipus' repeated

  • Macbeth Character Flaws

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    presented with a character flaw that would lead them to their downfall. These would include Romeo, Hamlet and Macbeth who struggled to resolve the tension between his morals or conscience with his lust and ambitions for greatness. Several factors are to be considered when evaluating the force that ultimately lead to his demise, such as the Three Weird Sisters' prophesies, Lady Macbeth, or the flaw in his character. The one factor that predominates the other two is the character flaw because the ambition

  • Romeo's Character Flaws

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    However, to William Shakespeare, tragic characters do not meet the usual description. His tragic characters have a high social status but are not perfect. Although they have character flaws, their misfortune is not fully deserved. Romeo Montague, the main character in Romeo and Juliet, is typical of Shakespeare’s tragic characters. By Aristotle’s standards, Romeo Montague should be classified as a tragic hero because of his high status, his character flaws and his misfortune. Romeo is a well-known

  • Flaws in the Characters of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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    is not perfect. Everyone has a weakness or a flaw. Some flaws are more deadly than others. Some are addicted to heroin while others are unable to remember where they put their keys. Every major flaw in this story though, comes back to haunt them. The reason why anybody fails in this story is because of their “flaw”. Not everyone dies though, that is because their flaw is not fatal. Following will be an explanation of how the major flaws of the characters lead to their downfall. Macbeth will be the

  • Beowulf's Character Flaws Essay

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    see many flaws in multiple characters. With this abundance of flaws, comes the chance to fall down, then rise to redemption. There are also many chances for characters to only be flawed, and never become good. Either way, the character flaws are what make the stories interesting and captivating. Character flaws are evident in many of the texts studied this semester. Some of the stories this class has studied that are stories of flawed characters experiencing redemption, and flawed characters setting

  • Character Flaws In Hamlet

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    by highlighting characters’ flaws that lead them to their downfall. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare demonstrates the characters’ flaws make individuals victims of their own. According to Aristotle Men were full of self-control and were, therefore, responsible for their own actions. It was the tragic heroes own actions, then, that brought about the chaos and tragic events (Ref: Aristotle’s Poetics). To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia

  • Romeo And Juliet Character Flaws Essay

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    Character flaws can lead to great things or many worse problems. There is a lot of debate about whether having bad character flaws is a good or bad thing. Sometimes it can be a good thing but it’s usually a bad thing. In Romeos case, it’s a very bad thing as it leads to his downfall. These character flaws that Romeo has affect him mentally and even physically. An example of a person’s character flaws leading to his/her downfall is Romeo in the play Romeo & Juliet, written by William Shakespeare.

  • Twelfth Night Misconceptions Character Flaws

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    Flaws make everyone perceive the world in a different way, which contributes to a play’s comedic storyline because of the misconceptions characters make. Such is the case in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The first title of the play, Twelfth Night, refers to the event the play was written for. On the other hand, the second title of the play, What You Will, presents the themes of the play, such as how immoderate behavior results from overindulging in one’s willful desires,

  • Romeo And Juliet Character Flaws Essay

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    William Shakespeare has made some marvelous characters over a long time period, from Midsummers Night Dream to Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare has adopted the idea of having some main character flaws so the audience would say “don’t do it” or “he’s over there” as if the main character doesn’t thoroughly look over the situation they are facing. These character flaws can be summed up in Juliet, these include loyalty to Romeo, defiance her parents and family, and gullible. Shakespeare uses all of these

  • Much Ado About Nothing Character Flaws

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    A character flaw is something about a character that ends up creating issues either all throughout the story or just at a certain part. There are a lot of character flaws in the Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing, but nothing comes close to Claudio’s main flaw. He was too quick to trust Don John. Every time he tricked him, it lead to terrible consequences. His naive nature towards everything that was going on by the marriage scene and beyond being his greatest character flaw. Don John is known

  • Much Ado About Nothing Don John Character Flaws

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    Tragic Flaws. What are they? Well, tragic flaws are what bring a character down, due to their personality traits and decisions, and there were many of them in the hilarious comedy written by William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, but who was the most tragically flawed character in the play? Due to his determination to extract revenge and his extreme jealousy, Don John is the character who was most tragically flawed out of all characters in the play Much Ado About Nothing. To start off, Don

  • Free Essays - The Imperfect Oedipus of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)

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    escape his fate-- a man that had so much confidence in himself that he would put false accusations on people and defy his gods just because he thinks he is right. During the play, Oedipus realizes his own flaws while he investigates who the "true killer" of Laius is. The first character flaw that comes out in the play Oedipus is Oedipus' bad temper and irritability. When Oedipus first heard his prophecy from the Delphi oracle, he made an exodus out of Corinth as soon as he could. While on his

  • Self Doubt in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    words, and make it a tragedy. Usually human beings include certain discrepancies in their personalities that can at times find them in undesirable or difficult situations. However, those that are exemplified in Shakespeare’s tragedies include “character flaws” which are so destructive that they eventually cause their downfall. For example, Prince Hamlet, of Shakespeare’s tragedy play “Hamlet,” is seemingly horrified by what the ghost of his father clarifies concerning his death. Yet the actions executed

  • Snow Falling on Cedars

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    Snow Falling on Cedars The book Snow Falling on Cedars is about a Japanese man Kabuo Miyanmoto who is on trial for murder. He is accused of murdering a white man, Carl Heine. Much of the story is told through the memories of various characters. It is set in the 1050's in Puget Sound on a fictional island called San Piedro. I think Snow Falling on Cedars was an excellent book. I felt that the author was able to present an unbiased view of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. He presented

  • Time of the Butterflies

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    actuality this strength and desired image is only a deception of herself.  Many heroes, courageous leaders, and brave characters in stories never have health problems or other character flaws exploited.  However, Minerva is shown in the book to always have problems with her health.  She is always described as being sick, weak, and needing rest.  Another down flaw of her character exploited in this book is that she gets captured and thrown in jail. Once in jail she breaks down – loosing control of

  • Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Oedipus the King

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    as a species, have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. In the play, Oedipus the King, that special force is also used and is known and defined as fate. This played an important role in the lives of the characters just as it plays one in our daily lives. First of all, Oedipus is determined to discover who he is, just like any person who is having problems. One explores the reason behind the problem to set their mind free and feel relief. They try to

  • An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - The Character of Beowulf

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    The Character of Beowulf When he arrived at the Danish land, Beowulf was a young man seeking adventure and glory.  Beowulf was distinguished among his people, the Geats, for his bravery.  As a young man Beowulf fought in many battles and as a result showed his great character to others. Beowulf had many characteristics which helped him to succeed in battle. As a young man, Beowulf was known as the strongest man alive.  His strength allowed him to dominate in battle.  If it were not

  • Julius Caesar - A Tragic Hero

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