For Oedipus, it was him killing his father and marrying his mother because of the prophecy that couldn’t be escaped since all the actions he was trying to make to escape the prophecy are what caused it. In Oedipus’ case the readers could empathize and understand because he didn’t know that he killed his father or married his mother. He was attacked on
His fate and disastrous downfall were caused by disobeying the gods, mainly through his tragic flaw of pride and cruelty. He is considered as the tragic hero of “Antigone” because of his ill intentions and fated decline as king of Thebes. Creon is the tragic hero of the Greek Tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, because he is important to society, has a tragic flaw, and is faces major consequences as a result of his flaw. As aforementioned, Creon is deemed a tragic hero because in the beginning of Antigone, he is important to society. Since Oedipus’s exile, and Eteocles and Polynices’ deaths, Creon, as the brother of Oedipus, was considered next in line
All of these qualities are important because, according to Aristotle, they are what makes a tragic hero. Although some may argue otherwise, Creon is the best fitting tragic hero of the story Antigone. In Greek tragedy, a character usually possesses a hamartia, or tragic flaw, this flaw evokes emotions such as pity and fear into the audience. Creon’s hamartia is arrogance, throughout the story is uses his power to make him seem above others. When Teiresias comes to warn Creon of the gods wrath, they get into an argument with Creon saying “Dost know at whom thou glancest, me thy lord?”(54).
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. You could argue that when he ‘wore the Thane of Cawdor’s robes’ he became a traitor like the Thane of Cawdor. His traitorous actions would have been met with death at that time. God's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power.
By example, history’s dreadful suicide of Romeo and Juliet. The families’ feud led to their children’s deseace which resulted to end both of families’ heir to the throne. However, upon their deaths, the families made peace with each other. Furthermore, Juliet’s willing death created a statement for her love to Romeo ; she had rathered to die than to have married someone other than him. “What if it be a poison, which the Friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead, lest in this mariage he should dishonered, because he maried me before Romeo?” (4.3.
The infant, who was adopted by King Polybus of Corinth and his wife was then brought up as their very own. In the earlier years Oedipus visits Delphi and learns that he was fated to kill his father and marry his mother. He then planned to never return to Corinth. In the play "Oedipus the King", the author presents us with several
Oedipus grew up a prince in Corinth, but one day some drunk said “I am not my father’s son” (1.1,860). After this remark, Oedipus went to search for the truth. He first looked at his parents for answers, but unsatisfied with their answers, he went looking for the god Apollo. Apollo wasn’t very helpful, in fact, he brought some more frustrating news to Oedipus. “You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see- you will kill your father, the one who gave you life” (Sophocles,1.1,73-76).
The Queen, Jacosta, Oedipus’ wife tells him not to believe in the prophet, because they’ve been wrong before, she then tells Oedipus about how she and King Laius had a son who was prophesied to kill Laius and sleep with her but since the child was supposedly dead the prophecy couldn’t be true. Oedipus becomes a bit weary because as a child an old man told him he was adopted and that one day he’d kill his real father and sleep with his mother, Oedipus did also kill a man at a crossroads which sounded like the way Laius died. Oedipus continued questioning the messenger and found out that he was the man everyone spoke of and Jacosta then comes to the realization that Oedipus is her son and kills herself. Oedipus shortly after is escorted away by Creon after realizing that he had slept and procreated with his mother and killed his father. There are many characteristics of Greek tragedy; it always depicts the downfall of a good person who is called the protagonist.
Macbeth: Why He is a Tragic Hero Exactly what is a tragic hero? A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, is a literary character who makes a judgement error that leads them to his/her own destruction. They have been further described as an imperfect someone who has noble status who caused their own downfall. They are also known to gather sympathy from the audiences and readers. In the story of Macbeth, the protagonist is seen to have all the characteristics of a tragic hero.
While he is escaping his fate he runs into his real father Laius, who he does not know is his real father, and kills him. He arrives at Thebes where his birth mother lives and ends up marrying her, also believing it was just a random women. The Oracle predicted all of these things to happen, while Oedipus thought he was winning, he never knew he was actually fulfilling his destiny. As he gathered more information about the truth, he uncovers that he did in fact marry his mother and kill his father. Disgusted with himself, he gauges his eyeballs out and exiles himself from Thebes, and his hometown, Corinth.
Oedipus becomes aware that the baby may be him. He realizes that while he is being considered a hero at the same time he has been doing what the oracle Teiresias prophesied he would end up doing. “I was fated to lie with my mother, and show to daylight an accursed breed which men would not endure, and I was doomed to be murdered of the father that begot me”. (line 22-25) Oedipus not want Teiresias ' prophecies to come true. Although he 's tried everything that he can to go against the prophecy, by trying to avoid it he ran right into the prophecy.
Oedipus was told his prophecy. With this being Oedipus prophecy he chooses sacrificing his happiness in order to keep his parents safe from danger. In both stories Hamlet and Oedipus were both fated by gods or supernatural beings, there lives can be seen as predetermined. Oedipus was meant to be a prophecy in which he was doomed to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus had his fate decided which lead to him being defined by arrogance that which made him believe he was able to prevent destiny from taking its course.