Loyalty or Love “Father, the gods instill good sense in men—the greatest of all the things which we possess.” (lines 776-777) In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, Haemon’s actions and ideas cause conflicting motivations between he and his father, Creon. As Haemon is faced with choosing loyalty or love his motivations accentuate Creon’s arrogance, power, and foolishness. Ultimately, the conflicting motivations establish Creon as a tragic hero by making him realize his selfishness is what caused his downfall. The character interactions between Haemon and Creon allow the plot to advance through confrontations between the two characters, which in the end caused Haemon to turn against his father. The actions, words, and beliefs displayed by Haemon contrast
Creon had his chance at a 'Happily Ever After ' if he could only control his obstinacy. Of course, the king 's pride clouds his judgment and leads to his utter downfall and cataclysmic realization of his faults. Through his story, it is evident that Creon is the tragic hero of the story Antigone because he exhibits
W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris.
John Proctor, Arthur Miller’s main character in The Crucible, portrays these characteristics of a tragic hero. The people of Salem view John as a good person: “No, you cannot break your charity with your minister. You are another kind, John.” But, like a tragic hero, John faces a downfall due to his pride and mistakes: “God help me, I lusted.” HUBRIS In The Crucible, John Proctor has great pride in his reputation. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero’s pride or arrogance is called hubris. A tragic hero’s hubris causes his or her downfall.
However, when Doodle is born, he realizes this is not possible. In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis”, James Hurst uses the characterization of Brother to show that one’s pride can get in the way of accepting who people are. In the beginning, Brother’s pride continually forces Brother to make decisions that are unwise and have drastic consequences. Brother stated, “It was bad enough having an invalid
Antigone by Sophocles When Tiresias came to Creon to prophesy his visions, he meant to warn him that pride would be his downfall. (Sophocles 1139-1145) One of many observations of pride where a group of friends was affected proved how it can consume friendships like fire. Accordingly, Sophocles’s Antigone shows that pride does indeed cause tragic incidents where at least one person is deeply affected and the one responsible regrets his foolish decisions. (1294-1495) Since “all men make mistakes” (Sophocles 1139), an experience in which I myself was guilty of pride had caused my English grade to go down an entire letter. The past’s lessons of pride’s destructive nature are usually unforgettable.
The chorus recommends Neoptolemus seize the bow, abandon Philoctetes, and make the moment a moment of victory (838). However, Neoptolemus vehemently rejects the recommendation, citing that principles are more important than occasional victories, and what’s more disgusting the sickness is “when a man abandons / his own true nature and acts shamefully” (901-902). All in all, shame is a natural emotion characters cannot escape from, and Neoptolemus’ shame ultimately prompts him to stand with principles over dirty
The qualities of a good King are not necessarily the same qualities of a good man. In Act II, while dealing with a traitor from the inside King Henry responds passionately “he that tempered thee bade thee stand up, gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason…oh hast thou with jealousy infected the sweetness of affiance... I will weep for thee, for this revolt of thine methinks is like another fall of man- their faults are open. Arrest them to the answer of the law, and go acquit them of their practices.”(II.II. 118-145).
Gatsby’s father, Mr Gatz helps the reader to see the contrast between the social climbing, immoral people that this story revolves around and the average people living their normal lives. Mr Gatz’ “pride in his son” (p. 183), and overall love for Gatsby, redeems the text from being a total immoral story. Both members of the Gatz’ family, bring this hope and love to the text which redeems the world. The world of The Great Gatsby is not a spiritual and moral wasteland. F. Scott Fitzgerald has use characterisation to display the extreme moral indecency of the 1920’s New Yorker lifestyle.
His Uncle Axel scolds him saying, “’To pray God to take it away is wrong; it’s like asking Him to strike you blind, or make you deaf.’” (Pg. 80) Uncle Axel understands that this is an amazing power given to David for a reason, and wants him to accept himself
(4.3.101). Macduff 's dedication to Scotland drives him to concur that Malcolm is not fit to represent Scotland and maybe not even to live. In offering voice to his defamation, Macduff has finished Malcolm 's test of unwaveringness. Malcolm then withdraws the falsehoods he has advanced about his gathered inadequacies and holds onto Macduff as a partner. A specialist shows up quickly and notice that a "group of pitiful souls" sits tight for King Edward so they may be cured (4.3.142).