In both contexts, they suffer sorrow as the main consequence of tragic flaws or weakness (Yeats, Clark, & McGuire, 1989). It is discovered that their fatal flaws are different since of their human nature. And even with the same tragic flaws, they were to fall into the same problem because of prophecy made on Oedipus, and he ignores it. On the other side the ignorance of Othello from the plans of his antagonist that he was purposed to
He is one of the major characters in Sophocles’ trilogy that consisted of ‘Oedipus the king’, ‘Oedipus at Colonus’ and ‘Antigone’. Over the course of this saga, we see Creon’s character develop with noticeable flaws. In the first story, ‘Oedipus the king’, Creon is portrayed as a cool and rational advisor to Oedipus who tried to prevent him from taking rash decisions such as banishing himself. Creon ultimately fails, and his hamartia is revealed in the subsequent story ‘Oedipus at Colonus’. Creon’s hamartia was that he had a strong belief that his reasoning and decisions were
The roles of Oedipus and Willy Loman as tragic heroes convey the meanings of the works as wholes through the use of the literary devices dramatic irony and imagery. Throughout both plays, dramatic irony is used to portray the protagonists as tragic heroes and deliver their meanings as a whole. The heroes are not necasarilly aware of these events of dramatic irony, but they are apparent to the audience. One example is when Oedipus refused to believe Teiresias the blind prophet about the truth of his actions and the prophecy. Oedipus called him a “… sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man,” when ironically Oedipus , “with both [his] eyes”, was the one blind to the prophecy and the severity of his actions (Act1.
Some may have reason to believe that Antigone is the worthiest tragic hero in this play, but in all actuality, Creon is. His downfall can be foreshadowed throughout the play, and one of the most significant reasons is because of his anger and aggression. Sometimes people say comments that they do not mean due to anger, but that is no excuse for Creon. He takes it to a whole new level that causes most to be afraid of him. Which in a way, leads to him believing that his decisions are right, due to no one standing up to him.
Having analyzed the second definition we can conclude the errors being made by Oedipus before the story of Sophocles play begins, or look for similar errors within the play itself. As result, it can be argued that the cause of Oedipus’ tragedy is excessive pride in his intelligence. It is evidently depicted in the play where he believes that he can defeat the oracles by going back to Corinth. At this point, his innocent manner and arrogance leads him to solve the sphinx riddle. ” Even though he was a great father to his children, he is blind to the fact that he had committed incest.
One such philosopher is Aristotle. His concepts of the Tragic hero is articulate and shed more light on what the modern - day literature laureates define as the tragic hero. To begin with, Aristotle gives a very comprehensive understanding of who a tragic hero character in plays. He asserts that the real and ideal tragic hero is the one charged with the mandate of making the audience feel a catharsis at the end of the play and make the audience experience cleansing sessions after watching or reading a play. The catharsis experienced by the audience is as a result of the twist and turns of the protagonist trying to do well.
Throughout the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, there is continual use of vision and blindness foreshadowing the events to come near the end of the play due to Oedipus’ ignorance. Ironically, most of the main characters with their sight still intact are blind to the truth and revelations that come to pass while the few that are blind see what is to come and what becomes of those spoken of in the prophecy. In a paradoxical trend, sight in the play can equal deception or ignorance while blindness represents truth or revelation. Oedipus is a brash man. With the heroic light the people of Thebes have him under, he gladly baths in it.
Iago is the most significant cause of the tragedy. The downfall of Othello is brought about by Iago 's highly skills of manipulating others and his ability to understand and know other characters ' feelings than they know themselves. He contributed to the main theme of the play. He plays the role of a successful director of the disastrous events in the play because he can play number of parts in the play and is able to change his style and tone to conform any occasion.This is shown in his deal with Othello.He has tried to show brotherly love to Othello,which is the most damaging because the emotionally weak ;Othello needs such support when his beloved wife seems to him that she has betrayed him and ignored his passionate love.The ensign also makes his general believe of his nobility and loyalty in that he would like to kill any enemy threats him. Iago seems adept in that he can fool others into believing that he is honest.
According to Aristotle,“Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not narrative; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish katharsis of such emotions…” From this it can be seen that “Oedipus the King”, is tragedy written by Sophocles which portrays king Oedipus as a heroic figure whose life was ultimately doom before it began. Scene two, which comprises of characters such as Oedipus, the leader and Tiresias is where this doom though already known by most is no longer hinted at but directly revealed. In this scene, Oedipus calls for Tiresias a well-known and beloved prophet to help him find the murderer of dead king Laius as “The truth lives inside him [and] him alone” (Sophocles 175). However, upon Tiresias’ arrival he refuses to speak on the truth as it make cause him his life but is push to anger by Oedipus and reveals all. In this scene, Sophocles uses principles of drama such as the
To express them accurately the writer has used appropriate style, which enhances the form which has a deep impact on the audience. The father’s dialogues are unique hence, he is voiced more effectively. The little boy and the girl do not speak throughout the play; however they demonstrate that silence is also a powerful tool in the hands of a clever dramatist. The play marks a date in history. Pirandello made this play realistic so as to make it more appealing to the audience.