John Proctor, the protagonist of The Crucible, qualifies as a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw, is ethically superior to the other characters in the play, and struggles to find peace with himself in midst of the lies and chaos during this play. John Proctor possesses a tragic flaw that forces him to hide his prideful mistake, which eventually brings about his downfall. I guess the old saying is true, “Pride comes before the fall”. John Proctor’s tragic flaw is his excessive pride, and he expresses it abundantly throughout the play. In Act I, it states, “ Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time.
Macbeth's lust for power becomes blatantly obvious based upon his fears that "to be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus", prompting him to kill Banquo and make an attempt at his son, Fleance. To relieve himself of his insecurities, he manipulates two murderers to believe than Banquo is their "enemy" and the source of all of their problems, displaying his twisted nature. He does not, before the act is already committed, share news of the "deed of dreadful note" with his "dearest chuck", Lady Macbeth, proving he has made his face a "vizard to [his] heart" not only for the public, but also to his once-cohort. Macbeth's peers' opinion sinks so low that he is often merely referred to as a "tyrant" rather than by his name. He is not only a traitorous and cruel king, but the extent to which he is "unfit to govern" makes him "unfit to live" - deserving of death for how he has let down Scotland.
Is he really cruel and wrong? Creon is the new king of Thebes and edicts that no one can bury the corpse of Polyneices and if someone buried the corpse, he will be punished to death. Antigone informs Ismene about the edict.
In the play “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles, many crimes are committed by many different people, making it possible for a person to blame any character. However, the murder of Laius falls on one person and one person only, Oedipus himself. There is ample evidence pointing towards his guilt: more than one person was killed that day; prophecies are not clear, he had options; and he deliberately tried to ignore the gods. Oedipus admits to killing more than just Laius where the three roads meet at Delphi.
Capote, with the intention of breaking the stereotype that murderers have no moral compass, describes the two murderers, Perry and Dick, differently. Capote includes that Wendle, one of the first people at the Clutter house after the murder, said that Perry and Dick would “cut out your heart and never bat an eye” (254). Capote illustrates that Wendle’s claim is not credible since Wendle drew his conclusion against Perry and Dick solely based on one source of evidence--the crime scene. Moreover, Capote utilizes Wendle’s opinion as a vehicle to establish that many, because Perry and Dick committed murder, immediately assumed that Perry and Dick do not value life, a typical stereotype of murderers. In defense of his virtue, Perry recalls “as we’re
Antigone, Polyneices’ brother, defies Creon’s decree and buries Polyneices to follow the “laws of heaven.” to not bury Polyneices is defied by Antigone. He Creon decides to kill her, angering his city and son since they believe she bravely honored the gods by burying Polyneices. In Scene 3, Haimon, his son, informs him of the discord in the
Haemon and his father have several disputes that show, Creon pushing his son away in order to show his dominance. Creon calls his son a “soul of corruption, rotten through” which just reflects how cruel Creon had become, even when talking to his own son (836). This will be the last argument the two have before Haemon kills himself due to neglect and longing for Antigone. The power of the crown causes Creon to act instinctively rather than reasonably when deciding Antigone's fate. His loyalty to his power becomes priority over his family, when he decrees his nephews burial illegal.
Macbeth’s impatience for power leads to drastic actions. He murders the king in the belief that “this blow might be the be-all and end-all” (1.7.5). This assassination could never “trammel up the consequence” (1.7.2-3), as Macbeth believes, but only leads to more trouble. Although Macbeth seizes the throne, Macbeth had to betray his loyalty to the king whose “virtues will plead like angels” (1.7.18-19), and his morality has paid the price. Macbeth has now lost all sense of what honor is by using such dishonest ways to become king.
In expressing his opinions on a prince’s cruelty towards subjects on page 80, Machiavelli explicates that killing people is a permissible punishment because a son will forget about the murder of his father as long as his property is left untouched. However, later, on page 88, Machiavelli articulates that a prince must also refrain from attacking the honor of his subjects for fear of retribution. In killing every suitor, Odysseus assaults the honor of the noble houses of Ithaca. Massacring the sons of all the noble houses leaves Odysseus open to an uprising comprised of a coalition of the murdered suitors’ families as Odysseus realized when he orders that Penelope and Telemachus go with him to their farm to hide. In Machiavelli’s perspective, Odysseus acted rashly, in a fashion that inspires hatred, and leaves Odysseus venerable for an act of retaliation that has the potential to usurp his