Tradgedy 2 Essay

1818 words - 7 pages

Foolis Hearts Tragedy Essay Oedipus Rex, Macbeth, The Great Gatsby Throughout literary history tragic heroes have managed to deceive everyone but themselves. The tragedy lies in the fact that the they believe they can fool themselves as well as everyone else. Tragic heroes always seem to bring their own downfall upon themselves just when the believe they are invincible. This sense of hubris will bring about the downfall of families, communities and even entire empires. Nowhere in literature is this Hubris more apparent than in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. These are stories written in very different times, with different social climates and societal expectations, and by authors of very different backgrounds. The one major quality these three tragedies share is that they are all based on the idea of Hubris, in self deception and perception."There is no tragedy in the expulsion of evil: the tragedy is that this involves the waste of good." (Bradley) The three characters are not evil people, at least not when they are initially introduced, but are caught in a whirlwind of self-promotion. This windstorm is one that is powered not by weather fronts, but the fronts put up by the tragic heroes to portray themselves as worthy. From this storm of deception, out comes the evil and villainous nature of the reasonably good title characters. This is because even if they were fooling the populace they still doubted their own worthiness, due to the fact they, Oedipus, Macbeth and Gatsby, had not fooled themselves. Their relentless pursuit of perfection corrupted their otherwise good nature. Thus their removal from the position they held was ultimately necessary. It is tragic because they were good, good people and good leaders.The first confident leader is Oedipus. Oedipus had defeated the sphinx and brought order back to Thebes, why then was he was evil? He was evil because he believed that he could fool himself, to escape his fate at his kingdoms expence. This Hubris was so strong that it allowed Oedipus to believe that he could outsmart the gods. This tragic misconception led to the parade of evil that trampled out any and all good that Oedipus was capable of achieving.Macbeth was as capable as Oedipus. Macbeth was the greatest military hero in King Duncan's court. He had replaced a traitor and taken the robes of a high level Thane. He was a well respected lord of Scotland. His greatest flaw was that he thought he could fool his way into greater power. Macbeth was a good leader but not one fit for the throne. Macbeth was built up by those whom he fooled as the greatest thing to hit Scotland since plaid. He ascended the throne and the evil nature of his aspirations ascended over his good natured charade. Had Macbeth not deceived his way into power, without self-deception, he was poised to do great things, as the Thane of Cawdor. As it was his evil self deception, or lack thereof, proved to be his...

Find Another Essay On Tradgedy 2

Violent Video Games Do NOT Cause Violence

2352 words - 9 pages games released Grand Theft Auto III, a new generation of game, much like today’s Grand Theft Auto V. Sony around this time also released the Playstation 2, the successor to the Playstation, a widely successful console. As these consoles have evolved, so have the games with them, becoming more detailed and better controlled. Despite all these factors though, violence in games has continued to decline today. While conclusive research has been

Ode on a Grecian Urn Essay

1880 words - 8 pages , bookish child”; one of his schoolmates, Edward Holmes, later said that "Keats was not in childhood attached to books. His penchant was for fighting. He would fight any one.” (Keats and Friendship). Tradgedy struck his family in 1804 that not only shocked him, but changed his entire life. When upon a ride home, his father fell from his horse and was injured. Thomas Keats died the next day. This sent the family into turmoil financially and emotionally

When the Bubble Burst

1539 words - 6 pages , and there is no assurance that the toxic assets are going to be worth anything in the future. Boskin notes, “ Estimates on the losses on U.S. loans and securities range from under $1 trillion to almost $4 trillion. The International Monetary Fund puts them at $2.7 trillion, but the range of uncertainty is enormous.” (Boskin 2) After the housing market crashed I wondered why the banks received all the funds and not the borrowers who had lost

phase diagram

4456 words - 18 pages 348.8 K Relative Error 3.4 7.7 0.6 0.1 1.2 Table 1 Summary of results. A = Naphtalene, B = Durene Figure 1 Phase diagram of (Naphtalene/Durene) system via thermal analysis Figure 2 Phase diagram of (Naphtalene/Durene) system via visual analysis Figure 3Experimental data vs fitted data for runs (1 to 6) Figure 4 Experimental data vs fitted data for

Revolutionary Work of Art

1890 words - 8 pages Walter Benjamin emphasizes in his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” that technology used to make an artwork has changed the way it was received, and its “aura”. Aura represents the originality and authenticity of a work of art that has not been reproduced. The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is an example of a work that has been and truly a beacon of art. It has brought a benefit and enlightenment to the art

Enlightenment Thought in New Zealand Schools

1594 words - 6 pages enlightenment movement being for the individual, the individual had to learn that there were now responsibilities for each individual to take on if society was to function properly. The focus of the enlightenment of the rights of the individual allowed people to be more free, as stated by Kant (1995) “if only freedom is granted, enlightenment is almost sure to follow” (p.2). The individual was set fee in three ways, politically, intellectually, and

Psychological Egoism Theory

2240 words - 9 pages The theory of psychological egoism is indeed plausible. The meaning of plausible in the context of this paper refers to the validity or the conceivability of the theory in question, to explain the nature and motivation of human behavior (Hinman, 2007). Human actions are motivated by the satisfaction obtained after completing a task that they are involved in. For example, Mother Teresa was satisfied by her benevolent actions and

How Celtic Folkore has Influenced My Family

1587 words - 6 pages Every family has a unique background that influences the way they live and interact with other people. My parents, who emigrated from Ireland to the States with my three brothers in 1989, brought over their own Celtic folklore and traditions that have helped shaped the way our family operates and lives. One aspect of folklore that has helped shape my family dynamic is the Celtic cross—both its background and what role it has played in our lives

Julia Margaret Cameron

1406 words - 6 pages At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will

Evaluation of School Improvement

1403 words - 6 pages The evaluation process should be progressive to incorporate overall planning, implement changes, which contribute to success. In order to focus on school climate and norms, the evaluation design must include the students, instructions, and outcomes to improve communication and building-level concerns to be address in this response. School Climate and Social Norms The school principal, other staff leaders, and personnel set the tone and the

Case Study: The Benefits of Animal Testing

1757 words - 7 pages Nine year old Amy has already had a rough start in life. She was born with an abnormal heart that hinders her everyday activities. Amy is unable to keep up with kids her own age because she often tires out easily. As a consequence, she has very little friends and is often alone. Amy is forced to take different medications everyday just to survive. Amy’s life consists of medicine, doctors, and constant hospital visits. However, Amy is due for a

Similar Essays

Ibsen's Ghosts Vs. Aristotle's Poetics Essay

703 words - 3 pages Ibsen’s Ghosts, although a relatively modern drama, maintains many classical elements of tragedy as defined by Aristotle and championed by the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. One element of displayed prominently in this case is character. Aristotle believed that there were four main elements to a good tragic hero: 1) the character must be good, 2) decorum, 3) the character must be true to life, and 4) constancy within the characters

Water Sources And Uses In Wyoming

1133 words - 5 pages Snake-Columbia, and the Great Salt Lake. Wyoming is supplied with all of these supplies because of its placement on the Continental Divide. The Missouri-Mississippi results in 72 percent of Wyoming drain because of the Yellowstone, Wind, Bighorn, and Shoshone Rivers in the Northwestern part of the state. The Northeastern area is covered by the Tongue, Powder, Belle Fourche, Cheyenne, and Niobrara Rivers. While the Great Salt Lake provides only 2

Osama Bin Laden Essay

1148 words - 5 pages explaining that the purpose for the attacks was so that the American people can rise up against their corrupt government. It has been said that in a time of need is when a community comes together. When 9/11 happened we as a nation were determined to find who was responsible for it all, and make them pay for it. On May 2, 2011 a small team of elite US Navy Seals stormed the house. Their goal was to kill Osama bin Laden. The Navy has been

Compare And Contrast Aphra Bhen's Oroonoko The Royal Slave And Candide, Or Optimism

1637 words - 7 pages philosophical optimism which is summed up in the words of Alexander pope: 'whatever IS, IS RIGHT'. (2) In its tone style and genre 'Oroonoko' is a classical tradgedy where the hero is brought low by personal character flaws or outside circumstances.In comparing and contrasting the texts, both consider colonisation and exploration: In considering the concept of exploration within 'Oroonoko' Bhen paints a vivid picture of the passivity and the beauty of the