In result she lost all her loved ones because she murders her own children. Now she will forever be alone. If she was trying to punish her husband it worked he has a whole new viewpoint on her. He said “Oh, I married a tigress, not a woman, not a wife, and yoked myself to a hater and destroyer.” (Euripides 204). He was the one that turned Medea into this monster.
“...a voice of woe to my own household pierces through my ears; and I sink backward on my handmaidens afaint for terror…” (Sophocles 64). All of this was too much for her to handle so she decided it would just be easier if she just took her life. Creon finds out the death of his wife through a messenger and blames himself, for his actions led all of his sorrows to happen. “I, I was the slayer, I say it, unhappy, of thee!” (Sophocles
Helen expresses what everyone thinks of him, “‘You’ve come back from the fight. How I wish you’d died there, killed by that strong warrior who was my husband once’” (Homer, Iliad 3. 480-482), this stirred up conflicts on the ground between the mortals and made Helen and other Trojans dislike Paris even more. Goddesses like Athena were out for revenge in the Iliad because Paris did not see her fit for the golden apple that was to be given to the fairest Goddess, in the Judgement of Paris. So Athena and Hera, who mainly used her marriage to Zeus to do her dirty work, plotted against the Trojans.
Antigone defies Creon 's orders and buries her fallen brother in spite of the law forbidding the act. This action seals her fate and causes Antigone to be sentenced to death. Ultimately, what makes Antigone a tragic hero in this play are the traits she possesses which lead to her downfall. It is not necessarily her actions, but her convictions and values which cause her to be such a tragic figure. Antigone’s tragedy comes because of her unswerving loyalty to her brother, Polynices, and her determination to give him burial honors despite the personal danger.
The Consequences of Betrayal “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies….it comes from friends and loved ones” (Ash Sweeny). Ash Sweeny’s quote can be considered true for many reasons. It applies to both to the situation of betrayal in “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by Shakespeare and with the death of Skylar Neese a 16-year old girl murdered by her best friends. Both of them were betrayed not by enemies but by loved ones and friends, which is where betrayal originates according to Sweeny. Julius Caesar and Skylar Neese were both stabbed to death and killed by their best friends, both of them being victims of the greatest form of betrayal and the both of them completely unsuspecting.
For instance when they got married they had to hide their marriage from their families and Juliet had to fake her death. The feud is the cause of the many deaths in Romeo and Juliet. It caused much chaos between the families for years and also held back many opportunities for Romeo and Juliet such as marriage for the two young lovers. “Three words dear Romeo and goodnight indeed if thy bent of love be honourable thy purpose marriage.” This is a quote from
If anyone is responsible for the death of Macbeth, it is Lady Macbeth. She pressured him into killing all of the people he murdered throughout the story. Macbeth never felt comfortable with the murders he committed and his guilt showed, which lead people to suspect him of all of the killings. Additionally, Macbeth is defeated after Lady Macbeth’s death, indication he did all of his awful deeds for his wife. So although Macbeth was killed by rebels, Lady Macbeth has ultimate responsibility for his death.
A once powerful king turned blinded pariah, Oedipus is characterized by both his pride and his honorable character. Through such characterization, Sophocles heightens the emotions in the play by demonstrating how these traits contribute to the catastrophic conclusion. Sophocles deliberately depicts Oedipus as a seemingly infallible yet prideful ruler in order to augment the subsequent devastation Oedipus causes, thus realizing the vision of an Aristotelian tragedy. Aristotle identifies nobleness in character as a characteristic of a tragic hero. Oedipus personifies this criterion; he is revered as one of the most adept rulers in all of Greece.
Defined by Aristotle a tragic hero is a human being who is of high stature or who is respected in his community. They must portray positive personality traits, but also must possess a major character flaw, which will bring upon the downfall of the hero. By Aristotle’s definition Oedipus displays all these traits making him a tragic hero. Oedipus is the king of Thebes making him a person of high stature. Oedipus was born into royalty but although he 's king he wasn 't born into his position due to his parents abandoning him.