"Medea" is a revolutionary tragic drama written by Euripides in 430 BC. The whole play focuses on Medea, a powerful and brave woman who is symbolising the women of ancient Greek. Her influence in Corinth reflects the male dominance in the Greek society. Her values are identical to a man's values thus she is considered as a contrast of Greek women who were suppressed by their men. She committed crimes which were barbarous yet she was able to leave behind a civilised message of women's rights and their respect.
A tragic hero is defined by Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, as a human who is of high stature or who is respected in his community, but also has the ability to endure suffering. He or she must portray many positive personality traits, but also must possess a major character flaw, which will bring upon the downfall of the hero. The audience will then acknowledge the sense of catharsis. Antigone shows all the traits of a tragic hero in the Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus The King. Antigone and her sister choose to return to Thebes because they want to help their brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, not kill each other because there is a prophet that has predicted that they will kill each other in the battle for the throne of Thebes.
She made a big impact on her society and family. She was the strongest one out of her family but she still had to die. It was for a reason but the community needed her. Her sister was willing to die with her, Haimon died by fighting for her, and she died by letting Creon know what he did to his own family. He did not want to bury his own nephew, he wanted to kill Antigone for burying Polyneices, and tried to kill his own brother because the kingdom had a curse on it.
The burial of Polyneices is viewed nobly, yet Antigone is not faultless in that act. One of Antigone’s largest mistakes is that she burns bridges with those that care about her. Pleading with Antigone, Ismene laments “why would I care to live when you are gone?” (548). Antigone dismisses this heartfelt plea by deferring Ismene to Creon, thus isolating herself from her only kin. She concludes her story by committing suicide without regard to the lives that will be affected by her loss.
Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, defines a tragic hero as a man or woman of high standing that is capable of great suffering both physically and/or mentally. They must also possess many excellent qualities in character, but who will possess one character flaw that will lead to his or her downfall and we (as an audience) accept this downfall because of their fatal flaw. Using this definition, we can deduce that Oedipus is in fact a tragic hero. Oedipus was king of Thebes. By solving the Sphinx’s riddle, he saved Thebes and the people made him king.
They suffer losses of their own whether it’s a spouse, child or even, in Hecuba’s case, both. We see how even when Hecuba has done a good deed for Odysseus, he was still part of the plan to kill her daughter Polyxena. In response to her reminding Odysseus of what she had done for him in his time of need, he only tells her the best advice he could give was for her to just willingly accept Polyxena fate. At the end of the day none of what happened to Hecuba and her daughter was justifiable since killing Polyxena was just an act of revenge against her when they were at war with the
She 's the one who embodies, articulates and justifies the battle" (Dargis 2). Indeed this statement makes a major point that Katniss humanizes the violence set out to destroy her, and it is her personality and nature that prove her to be an able body to look up to for hope. Another embodiment of hope she holds is her wise instincts. “Who is continually figuring out how to outwit her oppressor and secure her family’s survival” (Skinner 3). Katniss has always held a keen insight into how the minds of the leaders in the Capital work, which has lead her to develop fierce instincts; another trait exemplified in a hero.
A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness. He is the center of the play, which causes events to happen. The first tragic fall that leads Creon to his downfall is his power madness. His power madness fall can be supported by Antigone’s dialogue, “Further: he has the matter so it that anyone who dares attempt the act will die by stoning in the town.” (Antigone 2). The quote means that anyone who didn’t follow Creon’s decree will die.
A tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for suffering and defeat. In the story of Antigone there are two possible tragic hero's; Antigone and Creon. Antigone is a tragic hero because she holds a high status, has a tragic flaw, and her punishment exceeds her crime. Antigone’s father/brother was king, therefore she was a princess of Thebes. Everyone in the city knew who Antigone was.
His fear of losing his reputation led him to destroying his confession documents, which condemned him to his death. Finally, Proctor did not deserve to die. He felt guilt and remorse, a sure sign that he was an honest man, and honest men do not deserve to die. In conclusion, Arthur Miller’s John Proctor is a hero. Proctor trying to explain to that the witch hunts are led by a lovesick girl to an unforgiving crowd exuberates his characteristics as a hero.