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  • Oedipusthe Tragic Hero - 402 words
    In "Oedipus the King," Sophocles concocts one of the most famous and intricate characters of Greek drama. A tragic hero, Oedipus' desire for self-discovery and understanding inevitably leads to his tragic downfall. In the end, it can be seen that Oedipus' tragic flaw is his own determination and persistence. Oedipus is a leader. He thrives on power and thirsts for control. It is interesting to note, however, that Oedipus does not abuse his power. Rather, Oedipus strives to better Thebes at all costs...including the cost of his own power. From the opening of the drama, Oedipus' determination is quite obvious. As king, he promises his subjects that he will rid Thebes of all pestilence and fami ...
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  • The True Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone - 473 words
    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. She believed that a dead person's soul could not rest if that person's body was not buried so she choose ...
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  • The Tragic Hero In Antigone - 1,422 words
    The Tragic Hero in the Play Antigone Antigone, which was written by Sophocles, is possibly the first written play that still exists today (www.imagi 1). There is much controversy between who the tragic hero is in the play. Some people say Antigone, some say Creon, others even say Heamon. I believe Creon displays all of the characteristics of a tragic hero. He receives compassion through the audience, yet recognizes his weaknesses, and his downfalls from his own self-pride, stubbornness, and controlling demands. He is the true protagonist. Though the audience notices how villainous Creon is, they still express sympathy towards him. They realize that he has brought all of his problems on himse ...
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  • Brutus The Tragic Hero - 344 words
    In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus had many flaws such as he trusted people, he had a conscience, and he had a lust for power. Many times in the play he made mistakes. He probably made more mistakes in the play then any other character. Like other tragic heroes, Brutus had great promise and ability. One of the many ways Brutus was a tragic hero was that he trusted people too easily. The first time he trusted anybody in the play was when he joined the conspiracy. He trusted the letters that were sent to him and then he trusted Cassius to lead him in the right path. Then Brutus gave his trust to Antony to give a speech and not say anything bad about the conspiracy. Antony ...
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  • Willy Loman The Tragic Hero - 1,326 words
    A mighty warrior, slain during a battle while defending his familys honor comes to mind when we consider what makes a hero; not the image of a traveling salesman committing suicide to acquire personal satisfaction. In Millers play Death of A Salesman, Willy Lomans desire for success became his central drive with such intensity that it created a smoke screen blocking reality in his mind. The only way in which Willy can live up to his presentation of himself to the world would be to lay down his life so that his family could obtain insurance money. Willys sacrificed life for insurance money constituted him as a hero to his family and constituted tragedy because he can never achieve the success ...
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  • Sydeny Cartona Tragic Hero - 1,211 words
    When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man forty- five years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work. At least that's how the event has been retold countless times and recorded in our history books. There's a misconception here that does not do justice to the woman whose act of courage began turning the wheels of the civil rights movement on that fateful day. Rosa Parks was physically tired, but no more than you or I after a long day's work. In fact, under other circumstances, she would have probably have given up her seat willingly to a child or elderly person. This time Parks was tired of the treatment she and other African Americans receive ...
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  • Oedipus A Tragic Hero - 1,144 words
    According to Aristotle Oedipus from the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is the ideal model of a classic tragic hero. A tragic hero is unable to escape his misfortune of destruction and downfall that is destined to happen. As seen, no one can outrun his or her own fate. Looking at Aristotles definition of a tragic hero, Oedipus is a hero because he causes his own downfall because of his blindness and anger; his life falls apart when he finds out his life story. Oedipuss fate is not deserved. The play Oedipus Rex is seen as a tragedy. In the century after Sophocles the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy and included it in his book called Poetics. His definition, Tragedy, then, is a process o ...
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  • Othello As A Tragic Hero - 1,175 words
    Introduction Othello is a classic tragic hero that stands out as distinguished individual failing in the encounter with evil. Brought to us through Shakespeare's genius, he compares in significance to other personalities including Oedipus, Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet and other tragic heroes. This paper will focus on the explication of Othello as a tragic hero and his correspondence to the canons for tragic protagonists. Othello and Aristotle's Definition of Tragedy To decide how well Othello fits into the mold of a tragic hero, one needs to accept in the first place a working definition of tragedy and tragic hero. The theorists exploring tragedy almost universally draw upon the classic accoun ...
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  • Othello As A Tragic Hero - 1,173 words
    ... upon him the approval and affection of the fictional world's power structures" (Djordjevic 2003). Is Othello Real? Now we will turn in our discussion to a possible objection to the fact that Othello is a tragic hero. Some criticism of his belonging to this category comes from the "speculation concerning the realism and probability conveyed by Othello which suggests that because of the seeming unlikelihood of the events in the play, it is not characteristic of a tragedy" (Sharina). Indeed, the plot develops in a rather speedy manner and the playwright does not elaborate on Othello's or other characters. Even so, the action seems unrealistic only at first glance. First, it is a mode of th ...
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  • Oedipus Rex: Classic Tragic Hero - 901 words
    In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero. For example, a tragic hero 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. Oedipus is in love with his idealized self, but neither the grandiose nor the depressive "Narcissus" can really love himself (Miller 67). All of the above characteristics make Oedipus a tragic hero according to Aristotle's id ...
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  • Macbeth - Tragic Hero - 480 words
    The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's growing character degenerates from a noble man to violent individual. The prophecies which were told by the witches were one of the factors which contributed to the degeneration of his character. If it had not been for the witches telling him t ...
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  • Tragedy And The Common Man: Willy Loman - Not A Tragic Hero - 733 words
    In Arthur Millers essay about Tragedy and the Common Man, he argues that the common man is as appropriate a subject for tragedy as the very highly placed kings and noble men. Mankind keeps tragedy above all forms because they are given the same mental abilities as the nobles. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is a common man and a middle class worker, enough saving to provide food for his family. So if the tragic hero can be a common man, does Willy fit in that category? Even though he is a common man he fails to live up to the standards of being a tragic hero because he never accepts or admits to his own errors. He, therefore, loses his dignity. One of his biggest errors is his failure of ...
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  • The Tragic Hero In Antigone - 715 words
    Antigone is a Greek tragic piece that stresses the use of power and morality versus the law written by Sophocles. Both Antigone and Creon, the main characters in the play, could represent the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. In my opinion, Creon best qualifies for being the tragic hero and fitting the definition read in the previous sentence. The things he said, did, and the comments that were made by those around him show how a man with everything could lose it all due to his own behavior. To open, the things he said showed how he changed and became the tragic hero of the play. Many of his statemen ...
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  • Macbeth - A Tragic Hero - 1,054 words
    William Shakespeares play Macbeth, written in the 1600s is a perfect example of Shakespeares ability to manipulate his audience through creating a tragic hero. A tragic hero who, because of a flaw, tumbles from a well-respected hero to a cowardless murderer. It is through Shakespeares manipulation of figurative language, dramatic conventions and social expectations of the seventeenth century, do the audience witness the demise of this mixed up man. Macbeths persona of the tragic hero is enhanced even more when the characters around him influence his decisions, creating mayhem inside his mind and disorder throughout Scotland. Shakespeare positions his audience to respond to the central theme: ...
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  • Macbeth - A Tragic Hero - 1,078 words
    ... sitation, he payed with his life. Banquos manifestation in front of Macbeths eyes in the banquet scene initiates the downfall of the tragic hero. The audience is aware that the illusion of Banquos ghost is symbolic of Macbeths instability and disorder within his mind and character and they absorb his need for stability. Due to Banquos ghost - a vision of evil, we see Macbeth enter a downwards spiral of self-destruction and madness: can such things be?you make me strange even to the disposition that I owe (III.IV.111-114) which inevitably leads to his tragic death, due to his non-conformity to societys accepted values and attitudes. Banquos ghost is seen as a manifestation of Macbeths gui ...
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  • Is Macbeth A Shakespearean Tragic Hero ? - 1,138 words
    In this essay, I will attempt to answer the above question, Is Macbeth a Shakespearean Tragic Hero ? To do this, I will need to do a number of things. Firstly, I will need to establish what a Shakespearean Tragic Hero is. Afterwards, I will look at Macbeths character, actions, dialogue and the dynamics of the play to come to my own conclusions and ascertain whether Macbeth is a Shakespearean Tragic Hero. In order to answer the above question with any degree of competency, it is necessary to have an effective and confident knowledge of what a Shakespearean Tragic Hero is. Within the works of Shakespeare, a Tragic Hero is a common figure in many of them. A Tragic Hero is usually a figure of ro ...
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  • Is Macbeth A Shakespearean Tragic Hero ? - 1,182 words
    ... ts the witches and due to this, does not realise that there are flaws in what the witches are saying. Firstly, the witches tell Macbeth that no man of woman born can harm him. Macbeth takes this as meaning that no man can harm him. He overlooks the fact, however, that Macduff, the eventual killer of Macbeth, was born by a caesarean section and therefore is not of women born. They also say that he will not be defeated until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane hill. Macbeth takes this as being impossible also, but he is proved wrong when the soldiers disguise themselves among the trees and foliage and move up the hill, fulfilling the witches guidelines. The witches lured Macbeth into a false se ...
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  • Tragic Hero - 821 words
    Aristotle described a tragic hero as being a person who, through a flaw, in their own character, is brought from a high position and learns to see the light before their own destruction. In the Theban play. King Oedipus, Oedipus is considered to be a tragic hero after his mother and father try to cheat fate, then later when Oedipus discovered his own fate, he tried to cheat his fate also only in truth ending up where destiny had planned. Another Theban play, Antigone, also written by Sophocles includes Oedipus daughter, Antigone, as the tragic hero when she dies for what she believes in. When Laius and Jocasta discovered the fate of their unborn child, Oedipus, was to kill his father and mar ...
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  • Lady Macbeth - Tragic Hero - 933 words
    Since the name of this play is Macbeth, most people wouldnt think of anyone but Macbeth being a tragic hero in this story. However, if the character of Lady Macbeth is examined we see that she is a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a protagonist, usually of high estate and neither entirely good nor bad. He is perfect except for a Hamartia (flaw), which is the significant factor leading to his suffering, that eventually brings him down in the end. More often than not, the tragic flaw is hubris (arrogance that blind him to reality). He arouses our pity because, not being an evil person, his misfortune is a greater tragedy than he deserves and is unequal to the "flaw." We also fear for ourselves, a ...
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  • Tragic Hero Antigone - 692 words
    Tragic Hero What qualities generate a hero? Must heroes possess superhuman abilities? In the Greek era, heroism was much more practical. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero must be royal. He/she must be a good, moral person. Yet, every tragic hero must exhibit flaws. His/her flaws must lead to downfall. A hero must be punished or experience suffering. He/she must invoke catharsis into the audience. A tragic hero must recognize his/her wrongs and accept all consequences. Beyond all doubt, Antigone is a tragic hero. Obviously, Antigone is royal. She is Eteocles, Polyneices and Ismenes sister. Plus, she is Creons niece. However, a tragic hero must be a good, moral person. Antigone has family ...
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