Aristotle says a tragic hero defines the kind of man the protagonist must be. The tragic hero is virtuous but they make mistakes. The tragic hero is fallible. They also usually come from a status of high power, making their downfall even more tragic. A tragic hero is a flawed individual who commits massive wrongdoings that lead to their misfortunes.
Hamlet’s actions with respect to Claudius with Creon’s action with respect to Polynieces have some similarities, and also have differences. The most important character in Antigone by Sophocles is Creon, who is the antagonist in the play. The most important character in Hamlet by William Shakespeare is Prince Hamlet, who is the protagonist in the play. Creon’s selfishness and cruelness leads to multiple deaths, and Prince Hamlet’s patience to get revenge led to multiple deaths in the Hamlet play. In the play Antigone, Creon became the ruler of Thebes after both of his nephews (Oedipus’s sons) were killed in a fight over who would become the ruler and take the throne.
This conversation between Oedipus and Creon play a significant role in whole drama. Ironically Oedipus who was proud of his position, his power and his throne at the end of the drama loses everything, but Creon who did not want to be a ruler, received an opportunity to be a king. Life for both of these characters changed dramatically one loses and other one gains, but both in this situation act with honor. Even when Oedipus did mistakes in the past he found strength to accept the truth at the end, and he judge himself. He shows that he has a power to judge who is guilty even if it was him.
I believed that Beowulf isn’t consistently admirable and heroic and that he becomes a flawed character. He follows the criteria of a tragic hero. The criteria of a tragic hero is that a tragic hero must have a tragic flaw, a hamartia, that causes the hero’s demise. A tragic hero must have a hubris, over excessive pride from themselves. A tragic hero must have a moment in time to discover an important element in the story.
Martin Luther King a famous social activist once stated, “we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” When referring to these words it is shown how forgiving we can be for people that we hate or dislike. In William Golding's book The Lord of the Flies his character Jack shows the actions of power, fear, and acceptance. People in power are more afraid of losing that power because it may show you as a failure, and to take control is much easier than taking responsibility for actions because there may be consequences, but most of all forgiveness is the hardest to do because it is just too hard to let go. Jack was a different type of leader than Martin Luther
An example of a tragic hero is Oedipus from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, is usually noble by birth, has hamaria, has peripeteia, his actions usually result in self awareness, and the audience feels pity or fear for him. A more modern tragic hero would be a man of noble stature or is extraordinary, good but not too good, his destruction proves a point, and his downfall is his own fault but also his own choice. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the protagonist,
They believe that since he was stubborn, and stuck to his word, he was great. His nickname, “Old Hickory”, means that he was hard to have his mind changed. Andrew Jackson was a very hard person to convince when he had his mind set on something. However, that is wrong. If Andrew Jackson listened to what others had to say, and didn’t let his opinion in the way of business, then maybe we wouldn’t have had the Trail of Tears.
When his beloved Imoinda was stolen, “this raised him to a storm, and in his madness they had much ado to save him from laying violent hands on himself” (pg. 2190). Being a man of virtue, it was hard to remain an innocent by stander when such disservice is done unto thee. How much easier it would have been to simply let your emotions rule, but Oroonoko “would give way to hope, because it pleased him most, and flattered best his heart.” Oroonoko, a man worth of respect, swore that to violate his
Firstly, it has to be an individual of a relatively high socio-economic status, they also have to be generally good and beloved. They have to be relatable to the intended audience and reflect the audience 's deepest fears and desires. Lastly, a tragic hero must possess a fatal flaw, a hamartia, which triggers their tragic fall from grace. The tragic hero is portrayed as both the hero and the victim, usually victimized by their own flaw as much as by their unfortunate circumstance. Both Hamlet and Julie exhibit all of these elements, whether by author 's intention or not as will be addressed further
Sacrificing time, safety, life, and many more things for the sake of something bigger than one person, such as morals and others. Sacrifice I believe is the epitome of heroes, the defining feature of the heroic minority. But sacrifice is an easy word to say but hard to put into action, because sacrifice is hard to achieve in a world where prioritizing yourself is always the most important thing. I'm not saying people are extremely selfish but we aren't very selfless. Altogether sacrifice is something I'm sure all heroes share, but is something which separates heroes from average