Forms Of Tragedies Essay

1213 words - 5 pages

Joi Alston
December 5,2013
English 10 C.P.
Period 2
Forms of Tragedies
Through out time tragedy has been occurring. It is seen in our everyday lives and has been portrayed in writings, plays, and movies and within those tragedies there is a tragic hero. When the word hero come to mind people tend to think of someone like Superman or Batman, someone courageous and has heroic quality, performing heroic deeds. But a tragic hero could not be farther from that. A tragic hero is usually someone of high status or a member of royalty. They have a tragic flaw or personal weakness that lead to their downfall. The idea of a tragic hero comes from ancient greek plays, which were developed from their religious stories. Many of these play were written by Sophocles; an ancient greek playwright. Sophocles’ work mostly consisted of tragedies, Aristotle - a Greek philosopher - observed Sophocles’ plays and defined tragedy and tragic hero. In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the headstrong King Creon is the tragic hero. His stubbornness and his concern of what other think of him leads to his disgrace. Whereas in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare The honorable Brutus is the tragic hero. Brutus’ honesty and being overly trusting leads to his demise. In these two plays the tragic hero are very different, but they are both still considered tragic heros. They both have tragic flaws, but Brutus is still considered a integrable man inspite of his flaw, whereas Creon is considered to be dishonourable by his flaw. Both Brutus and Creon stood up for what they believed was but right but Brutus is the most tragic of the two.
In the play Antigone King Creon is the tragic hero. His tragic flaw is his stubbornness and pride. His stubbornness leads to the imprisonment and eventually the suicide of Antigone. Which also results in the suicides of his son and wife. Creon realizes that his bullheadedness causes the deaths of his entire family and he eventually repented from his prideful was, but by that time it was already too late. The damage has been already done. When Creon is told the news of his son and wife’s untimely demise he says, “O God. I am sick with fear. / Are there no swords here? Has no one a blow for me” (Sophocles, 736.) Crean want to kill himself, he feels that he does not deserve to live after all of the pain and destruction that he has caused, but the Chorus would not allow him to. He realizes that he won’t be getting the easy way out, and he says, “Lead me away. I have been foolish, / I have killed my son and wife” (Sophocles, 737.) Creon accepts his punishment for what he has done and he is left to wallow in his guilt and regret for the rest of his life. King creon is the perfect example of a tragic hero because his large ego kindles the flame that bring forth the deaths of the family members and when he realizes the his pride his caused so much pain, he changes, but it’s too late and he his left to deal with the consequences. The...

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