He finally discovers that his refusal to see past his own opinion is his downfall. He punished Antigone and mocked those who questioned his law, including his trusted prophet, Teiresias. The prophet clearly warned him, “You shall pay back corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh.” (scene 5 line 77-80). He would pay for his crime against the laws of the gods. “The one in the grave before her death, the other, dead, denied the grave.
He lived the rest of his life in nightmares and fears which denounced his actions. He realized how unscrupulous his actions were and his souls is long huanted by it. After the murder, he does not dare to put the dagger back. We could see, from this point, The warrior and Duncan’s “worthiest cousin” (1.4.15) is so terrified by his own action that a sound would scare him. While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance.
These traits include the hero’s tragic flaw, his position in society and his realization that his virtues had caused his demise. The tragic hero in Antigone is Creon, because he is a mature leader of society whose virtues (or flaws) cause his downfall. Creon is obdurate as he does not heed advice given from anyone during the majority of the play, he then finally follows the counsel that the Chorus Leader gives him near the end of the play. This is apparent during the argument between Haemon and Creon as Haemon tries to persuade him to listen to his subjects and change his opinions on the matter of Polyneices’ burial as well as the incarceration of Antigone. Creon disagrees strongly and becomes inflamed towards Haemon.
“My own blind heart has brought me from darkness to final darkness. Here you see the father murdering, the murdered son -- and all my civic wisdom! Haimon my son, so young, so young to die, I was the fool, not you; and you died for me,” (242 Sophocles). This shows that Creon’s pride was very strong that it led to the death of Haimon. As a character, Creon frequently changes throughout The Oedipus Cycle.
Farewell!” For the valiant warrior, Othello, we must all learn that there is always more than one side of the story. Othello’s mind was so poisoned by Iago’s lies about Desdemona and Cassio that in his jealous rage, he forgot to find out the truth between Desdemona and Cassio from them and other witnesses. He loved Desdemona with all his heart and soul, but his pride and his gullibleness destroyed
In this chapter there will be dealt with the biggest dishonesties shown by each character and the way these behaviors have contributed in the life of the main character Hamlet,and what kind of role they have played in the tragic ending of the story. Firstly the cruelest figure in the play, Claudius will be analysed. The way how he has killed his brother and married his widow. How do his actions degrade up to the point he indirectly kills Hamlet? It willbe spoken of Gertrude`s role as a mother.
From this place, Baba is cowardice merely his strong and powerful mask cover his cowardice hides inside his heart however Rahim Khan knows that. Yet, Amir always shows his cowardice whatever to Hassan or to Baba. Amir thought his happiness would increase by betraying Hassan, but his guiltiness increases and it tortures. But Amir, acts more rationally and reasonable after he grows up. Amir thought Hassan as “the lamp he had to slay.” on the contrary, his guilt is relentless, and he recognizes his selfishness abates his happiness.
The whole family including his wife/mother and father all defy the gods who they “worship” this act along with their rather guilt filled lives results in the tragic fate each of them meets. Hamartia is defined as tragic flaw or human failing and that accurately describes Oedipus’ situation and his lack of action to prevent his fate as Walton said, “Oedipus is so stricken at the thought of marrying his mother that he never thinks twice before killing an older man who stands in his way, even though the second part of the Oracle told him he would kill his father”(1). It is arguable that Oedipus did not deserve to die like this, but with such minimal effort to avoid this, it is hard to say
“Reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded. The mighty words of the proud are paid in full with mighty blows of fate”(1467-1470) This quote tells us the downfall of Creon and how disobeying the gods with arrogance are punished by fate. This quote and the corrupt actions of Creon are evidence for the message of the play. Sophocles shows us how the selfish acts of the arrogant king who made these decisions on his own killed his loved ones by defying the gods. In contrast to this, Macbeth is consumed by his ambition after being influenced by the witches and his wife.
Finally, he loses his kingdom as Teiresias' prophecy is fulfilled: "blindness for sight and beggary for riches his exchange" (503-504). Othello's pride is also turned to shame as he listens to the villainous Iago and murders his innocent wife. In doing this, he also loses those things most precious to him. First, he loses his true love as Desdemona forgives him from her deathbed by trying to hide his guilt. When asked "Who has done this deed?"
Soon after Creon hears the news that his son and wife are dead, he says, “Take me away, I beg you, out of sight. A rash indiscriminate fool! I murdered you, my son, against my will- you too, my wife.”(Sophocles 1459-62). Even though Creon did not mean for his son and wife to die, he actions are what brought them to kill themselves. Creon is Shocked with the deaths of his wife and son and says, “Oh no, another, a second loss to break of heart.
In the past prideful rulers have caused more destruction and downfall than anything. Having pride may be good, but having to much can be the downfall of man. In the play Antigone, King Creon being overyly prideful ultimately leads to the death of himself emotionally. Creon shows a couple of occasions when he has way to much pride; when Antigone and he sister are condemned to death for trying to give burial rights to their brother, but Creon has them arrested and does not care even though he is related to them. Because of that, it leads to the death of Antigone and also leaves Ismene without a family.
Throughout Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, main characters King Kreon and Antigone dramatically argue without compromise over the burial of recently deceased brother of Antigone, Polyneices. Antigone, while attempting to mourn for her family, symbolically buries Polyneices, going against the King’s decree (93-100). Out of anger, and an effort to establish his power, Kreon sentences her to an undeserving death just because she decided to respect her kin (441-496). In this case, I sympathize with Antigone more than Kreon because she peacefully acts on her beliefs knowing the consequences at stake. It takes a lot to stand up for what you believe in, especially knowing that the outcome will not bode well for you.
Haemon’s pride leads him to reject his father’s authority and destroys himself out of anger and grief Haemon is so upset that he stabbed himself because he seen that Antigone was dead. People of power such as kings are often forced to chose between family and law. In the book by Sophocles, King Creon has to make such a decision. He issues the edict to outlaw the burial of his traitor nephew, Polyneices. In reaction, his niece Antigone disobeys the law and buries her brother out of loyalty to her family.