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According to Aristotle a tragic hero must have tragic flaws in their character or judgment that leads him to his doom. In Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" there are many tragic flaws identified within the main character, Hamlet. Some of the most obvious and important are Hamlet's indecisiveness, his excessive concern with death, and his exaggerated moral sensibility which ties in with his abhorrence of sex.Hamlet's indecisiveness is portrayed throughout the tragedy in many ways. The most prominent being his delay in avenging his father's death. When the ghost first appears to Hamlet, and tells him to avenge his death by killing his murderer, Claudius; Hamlet says, "Haste me to know't, that I,...
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William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet, wrote a total of 37 plays during his lifetime, beginning his theatrical career in 1590 when he wrote Henry VI. Since then, revenge tragedy has been a recurrent genre in his dramatic works - famous examples include Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and also Hamlet, which is regarded as one of the greatest tragedies of all time. Not only does it contain multifarious themes and literary techniques, it also contains the perfect example of a "tragic hero", as defined by Aristotle (384-322 BC). Student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who influenced scholars for centuries to come. One of his published works,...
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Hamlet is not the usual tragic hero that Shakespeare liked to use in his works. In "The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark" he does not die an evil man, but is complemented by Horatio and Fortinbras. There are many different thoughts on what Hamlet's tragic flaw is; jealousy, inaction, and insanity are all accepted as possibilities. Jealously and inaction are very plausible, but Hamlet was not insane.Hamlet is in love with his mother Gertrude and cannot stand the thought of a man other than his father in bed with her. The fact that her and Claudius' relationship is considered incestuous makes the marriage even worse in his eyes. He dwells on the relationship between the two of them, and...
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The Depiction of a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare?s Hamlet.I. Introduction A. Definition of a tragic hero B. Discussion on Hamlet II. Hamlet?s Personal Experiences A. Family 1. Father?s Death 2. Mother?s Marriage B. Others 1. Ophelia 2. Polonius III. Hamlet?s Dilemma A. Meeting with the Ghost B. Avenging His Father?s Death IV. Conclusion Page 1 The definition of a hero in the dictionary is one who is praised by his good deeds. A ?tragic hero? is one who suffers emotionally but performs a chosen deed. In some cases, heroes are honored because of their actions in a war or battle. In other ways they are dubbed heroes because they have saved another person?s life. On the other hand, some...
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The Tragic Hero of Hamlet
Shakespeare's play, Hamlet illustrates the tragedy of a young prince's pursuit to obtain revenge for a corrupt act, the murder of his father. As the exposition unfolds, we find Prince Hamlet struggling with internal conflict over who and what was behind his father's death. His struggle continues as he awaits the mystic appearance of a ghost who is reported to resemble his father. Suddenly it appears, proclaiming, "Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing / To what I shall unfold" (1.5.5-6). The ghost continues to speak providing an important clue: "The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown" (1.5.38-39). In short, this passage...
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Our modern understanding of tragedy and tragic heroes is derived from the writings of the Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle in his famous "poetics". Although Aristotle considered Sophocles' Oedipus to be the ideal tragic hero, Shakespeare's Hamlet, written many centuries later, has many of the same elements.Aristotle defined the tragic hero as an honourable protagonist with a fatal flaw or "harmartia" which eventually leads to his demise. The audience must develop an emotional attachment to the hero because he has admirable qualities, the audience must fear what will happen to the hero and after the misfortune they must feel intense pity for him. The combination of fear and pity results...
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Antigone as a tragic hero
The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone is unanswered. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a tough one. Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies for doing what she believes is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen to her. Unlike Antigone, Ismene says “And break the law, our death will be more shameful even then theirs” (pg.5 line 60).
In Sophocle's Antigone, the characters show a variety of traits. However, Antigone's life of aspiration, family of noble rank, and display of good mentality portray her as the tragic hero...
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Macbeth the Tragic hero "I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell." This is a quote from Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The quote symbolizes Macbeth turning to the dark side. Macbeth is a historically based play. James I is placed into the play with his distant relationship with Banguo. Macbeth is a tragedy in which human actions have unavoidable consequences, where the characters sins and mistakes are never forgiven or rectified. Every tragedy has a tragic hero in this play Macbeth is the tragic hero. Macbeth is the tragic hero because he has a high station, tragic flaw, and a downfall in which...
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A Shakespearean tragic hero starts out as a noble person; a great exceptional being who stands out. A tragic hero has a tragic flaw of an exaggerated trait that leads to their downfall and eventually to death. William Shakespeare often made his main characters tragic heroes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the role of the tragic hero is given to the main character: Macbeth. This is because he starts off as a loyal and well liked man in the beginning, but has a tragic flaw of ambition which ultimately leads to his downfall.
Macbeth started off a great and noble man of Scotland and was honoured by the king and his people. He...
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Macbeth as A Tragic Hero
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean
tragic hero. There are many factors that contribute to the character
of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. Macbeth is a typical
tragic hero through his personality, actions, and qualities.
One of Macbeth's traits that evoke the idea of a tragic hero is that
he is worthy of the reader's interest. A tragic hero must be worthy of
reader's interest, concern, or sympathy. Macbeth shows this through
his bravery. In the begging of the play a battle goes on between King
Duncan of Scotland and Macdonwald of Norway. Macbeth fights bravely on
Scotland's side, and...
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A tragic hero is defined as a person who holds a seat of authority or power, but is doomed to eventually fall. The hero's tragic flaw, usually hubris or hamartia (excessive pride and rashness respectively), results in a spiraling downfall. Macbeth exemplifies these characteristics of a tragic hero. He is of noble birth and succumbs to hubris and his ambitious nature. By being victimized by not only the witches, but also his wife and the reader's sympathy towards him, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a tragic hero.Macbeth first meets the witches that will ultimately decide his fate in Act 1. The witches have the ability to foresee the future, which enables them to make predictions as to what...
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Faust as a Tragic Hero
In the story of Faust, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust is whirled into an adventure of sin and deceit. The further Faust follows the devil the closer he comes to his own demise, taking down with him the innocent Gretchen. As Faust goes on he embodies the characteristics of a tragic hero in a sense that he is borderline good and evil, constantly battling his conscience. The one major flaw that initiates his self-destruction is the fact that he feels he is extremely intelligent and can not be out witted.
Faust is a man of privilege, his father having been a doctor and himself a respected scholar; but he is essentially a desperate...
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Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays.
To begin with, Othello is a graceful man with a valiant personality...
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Antony as a Tragic Hero
Antony's fatal flaws are what make him such a brilliant tragic hero.
Through the way Antonyis talked about, the audience learns just how
great and admirable he is. Through the first three acts, the audience
sees just how flawed Antonyis.
The audience observe immediately that Antonyhas one huge flaw,
Cleopatra. Straight away the audience finds this as in Philo's speech
"But this dotage of our general's
O'erflows the measure."
This is saying that Antonyloves and dotes on Cleopatra an amazing
amount which Philo doesn't agree with as he is saying it is too much.
The audience also sees just how much of a...
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“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;” (Prologue, 6)
Tragedy, events of great misfortune, has engulfed the world for centuries. Tragedy often giving rise to feelings of depression, anger, sorrow, and guilt. Romeo, in the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is a wealthy adolescent of the Montague family. He falls in love with young Juliet, of his rival family—the Capulets. Romeo’s infatuation with Juliet leads to a hasty desire for marriage. This creates a rash and careless mindset, making Romeo susceptible to errors in judgement. This same poor judgment causes Romeo to thoughtlessly slay Tybalt, as revenge for the death of his friend, Mercutio. Through fate, Romeo coincidentally...
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The play of King Lear is a tragedy like many of Shakespeare’s plays, and many of them deal with the tragic hero that end up meeting their demise thanks to their tragic flaw. The tragic hero of this play is King Lear, and he is a man that is a ruler of the kingdom of Britain in the 8th century B.C. He is a very old man surrounded by grave responsibilities, which are taking care of the land and taking care of the citizens of the kingdom. Lear the tragic hero must feel suffering and contrast those good times to the suffering, except his suffering leads to chaos and ultimately his death. The definition of a tragedy from our class notes is, “an honorable protagonist with a tragic flaw, which is...
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A A tragic hero in Shakespearean literature is understood as a noble and heroic character who makes a series of bad decisions based on his bad judgment that leads to his downfall and eventually death. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, the tragic hero is Marcus Brutus, a powerful Roman senator who joins a conspiracy to assassinate the Roman ruler, Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a tragic hero because of his noble reputation, his moral personality, the cathartic experience that the audience feels from his life and his tragic flaw: idealism.
Brutus is a tragic hero because he is well-respected in Roman society. This is...
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Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Hero
Before I decide on whether Eddie Carbone is a tragic hero, we must
define what the word 'tragic' and 'hero' actually mean.
'Tragic'- A tragedy is a type of drama. A tragedy traces the fall of
the central figure, the 'hero', as he grapples with his destiny.
Historically, tragedy started in Ancient Greece. Greek tragedies
usually formed on a very important and powerful figure (a king or a
prince perhaps) who makes an error or judgement or who has a hamartia
(fatal flaw) that leads to his tragic downfall.
In the context of a tragedy, the word 'hero' means the central
character or protagonist (the hero) whom we admire...
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"Othello's stature as a tragic hero is severely compromised by the alacrity with which he turns against his wife, and by his failure to achieve any real self knowledge"To what extent do you agree?Othello's stature as a tragic hero is severely compromised by the speed and ease with which he turns against his wife, and by his failure to achieve any real self knowledge. In the Shakespearian tragedy of Othello, we witness the character of Othello fall from a position of control in Venetian society due to a combination of different reasons. Othello has a deep self-love for himself, and it is because of this he turns against his wife Desdemona with a great speed and ease. A traditional 'tragic...
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A Tragic Hero Lives in Michigan
Cassius Clay, later named Muhammad Ali, was a tragic hero of modern times. He was widely renowned and acclaimed as the greatest boxer in the history of the sport. Ali's success led his career further and further. He began to believe that he truly was the greatest. His pride caused him to continue to fight; not only for himself, but for the crowd that revered him so greatly. Muhammad Ali won 56 of his 61 fights. He was able to do it because of the sheer confidence given to him from his previous wins and the attention of the entire world. Ali's greatness did not last him a lifetime by any means, however. He suffered defeat at the hands of pugilistic Parkinson's...
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Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero
In this essay I will be exploring how far Macbeth is considered to be
a Shakespearean tragic hero. According to A.C Bradley, the man who
defined what a Shakespearean tragic hero is, a typical Shakespearean
tragic hero is a person of greatness and high power. We can see at the
beginning of the play that Macbeth is the 'Thane of Glamis' but is
then promoted, due to the execution of a traitor, to the 'Thane of
A Shakespearean tragic hero also has many character flaws, which lead
to their downfall. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious character; he
knows what he wants and how to get it, even if that means...
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Julius Caesar as a Tragic Hero
The Ides of March mean much more than March 15th, it was also the day Julius Caesar, the Roman general and leader was killed. Although this day is not a holiday, we should take time to think of things Caesar didn’t on this fateful day. In “Julius Caesar,” by William Shakespeare, Caesar that morning solidified his place as a tragic hero because of his tremendous fatal flaw. Aristotle once defined the tragic hero as a person of noble or influential birth, who has a moral personality. The tragic hero also must have one hamartia, which is a fatal flaw. This fatal flaw is the cause of the person's downfall. This also means that it is a...
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Willy Loman is indeed a pathetic and tragic hero of Death of a Salesman. His problems stem from his own delusions, the American Dream turning sour, and misunderstanding his job and family. All of this tells the story of everyday people in American society. His environment is changing faster than his beliefs which is why he is in the dilemma that he is in now.His own delusions are a result of his failure to succeed in life. He still believes he is popular, respected and good looking. But at age 63, he is none of these. Nobody liked him that much since very few people came to his funeral. His delusion was that there would be people across the country coming to the funeral. However, in those...
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Othello as Tragic Hero
I would agree that it is helpful to an understanding of Othello's
character to think of him as a tragic hero. On the surface, the
opinion may be different because he kills his wife and commits suicide
to end his anguish. However, if we look deeper the suffering that
Othello has to go through, and the way that this powerful and heroic
character is tricked and knocked off his high perch by Iago (a lower
status member of the army) he can be seen as a tragic hero. All
Shakespeare's tragic heroes seem to have certain qualities that put
them in this category. The main tragic hero qualities are charisma,
military status and...
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If one reads Shakespeare's "Othello", they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. "Romeo and Juliet", is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but "Othello", has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic then his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is. He is a general that is experienced in battle. He has shown that he is reliable and well known in the military and is well respected. His valiant personality, is what draws people...
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The tragic hero has served as the foundation of Greek tragedy since its inception in ancient times. He or she serves as a rallying point for the audience to cheer for and mourn with throughout the story, and ultimately teaches the audience a lesson about human vulnerability and strength through defeat. A tragic hero is “a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering” (DiYanni). The combination of the tragic hero’s character traits and the storyline he or she follows make the tragedy an actual tragedy rather than a depressing story with a sad ending. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus embodies the traits...
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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.
Is Macbeth a Shakespearian tragic hero? To fulfill the role of a
tragic hero the...
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KnoopSarena Knoop Mrs. Cox English 10 4 September 2014 John Proctor - Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a very favored person that suffers from a downfall which leads to their death. John Proctor like many others is a tragic hero. Proctor is a very respected man in Salem but he also has a few flaws that have proved him to be a tragic hero which are prideful, lustful, and well respected. Later in the play The Crucible, Proctor realizes his flaws and tries to fix them but it is too late. One of Proctors tragic flaws is that he was prideful. While Proctor is in jail, his wife Elizabeth tries to convince him to sign off on his innocents, but his pride gets in the way and he was hanged. One of the...
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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. Macbeth has three main...
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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...
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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...
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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. ?.... this is, first of all, a play about a man's death. And tragedy has from the beginning dealt with this awesome experience, regarding it as significant and moving.? (Nourse). The...
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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.
Miller uses the character of Eddie to express his viewpoint that the
tragedy of the ruined life of an ordinary workingman is just...
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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. The major incidences such as decisions made during the orchard soliloquy, the discussion with Cassius and the conspirators regarding decisions about Antony and the...
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Ashley McHugh English 4 Pd.5 Hero Essay 10/22/01 According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is one who evokes our pity and terror if he is neither completely good nor completely evil, but is a mixture of both. A tragic hero is also one who suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery, because of misfortune. The tragic hero receives our pity because his misfortune was greater than he deserved, he is deprived of something very valuable to him by error of judgment. We must be able to identify ourselves with a tragic hero, which will evoke fear because he is not much better than us. Oedipus, by Sophocles was a tragedy itself, which contained a tragic hero, Oedipus.Oedipus was not completely...
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In order to determine whether Antony is a tragic hero in Antony and Cleopatra, we must first define exactly what a tragic hero is, before being able to analyse whether Antony is portrayed as such. It is generally accepted that a tragic hero is a “man of noble stature”, who falls from a place grace, who exhibits many extraordinary qualities that set him apart from other men and who is a remarkable example of someone in his position. A key element of a tragic hero is that the audience must feel pity for the character’s death or downfall and there are several reasons both why the audience would feel pity for and why they wouldn’t feel pity for Antony upon his death.
Antony is generally highly...
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Macbeth as Tragic Hero
Aristotle defined a tragic character is a man who “falls into misfortune through some flaw." (Grube, 5) Shakespeare's tragic hero is a man who falls from his position of honor and respect due to a flaw in character and ultimately arrives at a fatal end. (Nostbakken, 2) Macbeth is an epitome of a tragic hero. He had a good nature, but was driven by greed and a quest for power. Macbeth had been a military hero, loved and praised by the people, but his blind ambition resulted in his destruction, and all his past greatness and happiness were lost. This essay will explore Macbeth’s path toward destruction and show how he became the epitome of a tragic hero.
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Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes. One being that she is up against an impossible enemy, one who does not fit well into society's mold, and is destroyed by her own pride....
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Macbeth- A Tragic Hero The meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by MicrosoftWorks dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness." There were many characters in the play Macbeth that were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes as a result of his own actions, were without doubt a victim of this. Macbeth's actions lead him to his very nemesis. Right from the beginning of the play Macbeth's tragedy was evident through forces which were not human; the supernatural if you will. These forces were of the witches. The next factor involved in determining Macbeth's fate was his own actions and...
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A Tragic Hero is a common figure in many of Shakespeare's works. A Tragic Hero is usually a figure of royalty, fame or greatness. This person is predominately good, but falls from prominence due to personality flaws that eventually lead to self-destruction. Macbeth's major flaws are his ambition and impressionability. Due to their flaws, a Tragic Hero's actions are often atrocious and cause them to battle with their conscience after their desires have been accomplished. These battles with their conscience evoke empathy from the audience. A Shakespearean Tragic Hero will always lose their life in the end of the play as a result of re-establishment of what is good in the play. In Shakespeare's...
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Macbeth as Tragic Hero
A tragic hero is usually a person of high esteem or social ranking cursed with a flaw or obsession that will eventually lead to their demise. Macbeth is a tragic hero. Examining the events that occur as Macbeth travels the typical path of a tragic hero easily supports this claim.
Before Macbeth is even introduced to the audience, Duncan and Ross speak of his greatness. When it is discovered that the Thane of Cawdor has surrendered, Duncan decides to give Macbeth this title: "What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won" (1.2.70). This lets the audience see Macbeth's rank, which starts him in the right direction for a tragic hero.
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Oedipus: A Tragic Hero
Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King is Sophocles’s first play of “The Theban Cycle.” It tells the story of a king that tries to escape his fate, but by doing so he only brings about his downfall. Oedipus is a classic example of the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a basically good and noble person who causes his own downfall due to a flaw in his character.
Oedipus is a man of noble blood; his parents, who raised him as a child, were King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth. Oedipus also becomes a king himself when he solves the Sphinx’s riddle, thus saving Thebes and taking over the throne of the late King...
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Oedipus a Tragic Hero
What is a tragic hero? A Tragic hero is a man or character who has great influence, makes an error in his or her actions, and who must suffer the consequences of those actions. Oedipus’ tragic flaws starts with his excessive pride which leads to overconfidence as the people in the city lift him up and feed his ego: “You are not one of the immortal gods we know; Yet we have come to you to make our prayer. As to the man of all men best in adversity and wisest in the ways of God.” (Prologue, Line 34-37)
Personality/character changes that moved him from being a great king to a blind man.
In the prologue Oedipus is seen as a captain of the ship: “Ah, when years of...
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Crime & Punishment EssayThe character Rodion Romanovna Raskolnikov from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment, is a classic example of a tragic hero. His life as a man of many redeeming qualities takes a turn for the worst as his desires to improve his existence lead him to surrender to temptations that inevitably ruin his life. Fortunately, Raskolnikov's life does not end in tragedy, for he is able to find comfort and peace of mind through the unconditional love of his friends and family. Through Raskolnikov, author Dostoevsky implies that criminals want to be punished and that love is the greatest remedy for even the biggest of problems.Raskolnikov is the type of person least...
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To determine the status of someone as a hero, it is first necessary to define a hero. For the purposes of this essay, a hero will be defined as someone who sets out to do something that impacts the world for the greater good of mankind. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a man of an elevated social stature who falls from his position through the effect of a tragic flaw or hamartia. Consequently, we will alter Aristotle’s definition for the purposes of our discussion. Therefore, we will define a tragic hero as someone who sets out to do something that impacts the world for the greater good of mankind and fails due to his own hamartia. Winston Smith certainly falls into this mold.
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Hamlet as Victim and Hero
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Shakespearean tragedy, tells the story of Prince Hamlet, who gained the knowledge of a terrible incident that his kingdom had suffered. Claudius, the king of Denmark and Hamlet's uncle, had killed his own brother, the king, who was also the father of Hamlet, and married his brother's widow. Hamlet suffered these traumas to a severe degree, and his only relief was to defeat his human weaknesses and correct the wrongs created by his uncle.
The soliloquy selected to describe the emotions of Hamlet, after discovering the evil doings of his uncle, is found within the lines one hundred twenty-nine to one hundred...
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Is Hamlet heroic? Hamlet, the main character of Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet, is an angry man who dazzles the audience with his wicked wit and lust for vengeance. He appears to be mad throughout the whole play, leaving the audience with an uncertain feeling toward him. The answer to the question of rather or not Hamlet was crazy plays a key role in the answer to our main question, is Hamlet heroic? Only when it is known if Hamlet is mad or not can a person find or deny the heroisms in his actions.
So is Hamlet crazy? From the very beginning Hamlet is shows characteristics of being very disturbed. In act I scene two Hamlet expresses his melancholy, “Oh that this too too sullied...
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"Tragedy, then, is a process of imitating an action which has serious implications, is complete, and possesses magnitude; by means of language which has been made sensuously attractive, with each of its varieties found separately in the parts; enacted by the persons themselves and not presented through narrative; through a course of pity and fear completing the purification (catharsis) of such emotions." (Aristotle)
The “tragic hero” is an indefatigable staple in all mediums of literature. Although the term’s defining characteristics have morphed since its initial inception by Aristotle those many millennia ago, the main idea has endured. To be a tragic hero, several requirements must...
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After its debut in America on May 5th of 2000, the movie Gladiator has been a nationwide symbol of heroism(Imdb). The film was directed by Ridley Scott and the lead roles of the film were carried out by Russell Crowe as Maximus and Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus(Imdb). The movie takes place during the reign of the Holy Roman Empire in the year 180 A.D. The Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is dying and wishes to leave the Roman Empire under the control of Roman General Maximus Meridius. The Emperor’s son Commodus betrays Maximus, kills his father, and takes control of Rome. In betraying Maximus, Commodus has his family killed. Maximus knowing this returns to Rome as a gladiator under the alias...
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A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position. His ambition comes to a point where he falls to the temptation of evil which leads to Macbeth’s inevitable downfall. There are many factors which contribute to the fall...