Aristotle defines a tragic hero to be a man with outstanding greatness, but cursed with a tragic flaw. Tragic heroes have typically been linked to tragedies and two excellent examples of tragic heroes are: Oedipus Rex and Othello. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello is driven to his end by his irrational actions, and fate. Sophocles also presents his work Oedipus Rex to tell the pitiful story of Oedipus who was condemned by gods to a terrible fate. In both dramas, William Shakespeare and Sophocles presented tragic heroes that were led to their downfalls by the power of fate, and the consequences of their freewill actions.
Oedipus the King is one of Sophocles’ celebrated plays that was first performed in approximately 429 BC. It is among the most famous tragedies in the world, retelling the myth of Oedipus, an unfortunate king who ended up killing his father and marrying his mother without knowing it. Although some of Oedipus’s actions – less important to the main story – may be considered to be stemming from his free will, the theme of fatalism is prevailing in the play with the protagonist having no control over any of the events that led to the tragedy and one of the main morals of the story being the encouragement to revere professional seers representing Apollo because their prophecies are as infallible as fate itself. All of the main events of Oedipus’s life appear to be a chain of strange consequences determined by the prophecies; and at the end, the protagonist gets punished for the things he cannot be blamed
Oedipus Rex and Othello-The Power of the Lie Aristotle defines a tragic hero to be a man with outstanding greatness, but cursed with a tragic flaw. Tragic heroes have typically been linked to tragedies and two excellent examples of tragic heroes are: Oedipus Rex and Othello. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello is driven to his end by his irrational actions, and fate. Sophocles also presents his work Oedipus Rex to tell the pitiful story of Oedipus who was condemned by gods to a terrible fate. In both dramas, William Shakespeare and Sophocles presented tragic heroes that were led to their downfalls by the power of fate, and the consequences of their freewill actions.
Pride, greed, and lust drove Iago to poisoning Desdemona 's father and eventually ruining the marriage between Desdemona and Othello. In his play, he approach the problems the world faces in a comedic manner. People let greed and lust persuade them to do crazy things. Othello and Iago are foil characters in Othello. Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage).
Oedipus the King Oedipus the King, the masterpiece of Sophocles, is considered a great tragedy filled with ironies and contradictions between the characters and their personalities. Oedipus is the major character in the story who tries to find out the murderer of Laios who was the king of Thebes. By the time he struggles to solve the problem he is unaware that he is going to find out his own biological father and going to be claimed as the murderer. Actually, this is the main question in this play; how is it possible for Oedipus not to know himself? Is there a really chance that he could not be guilty and be totally innocent?
A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. Every Greek tragedy must have a tragic hero. In Sophocles's play, Antigone, that tragic hero is Creon. He possesses the tragic flaws of excessive pride and a oversized ego. This causes the tragic reversal that leads to his emotional ruin with not only himself but also his family.
65). Hamlet, being the only one that knows the truth about Claudius, has strong hate for him that no one else understands. Not only has Hamlet’s uncle incestuously married his mother, but he also killed his father, King Hamlet, and uses manipulative speeches to get everyone to do things that benefit himself. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two good examples that show Claudius’ manipulative ways. Guildenstern said in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, “There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said -- no.
He led a life of incest, committed a heinous crime, and was burdened with suffering after the acts were revealed. Oedipus’ past led to him to a destructive fate. King Oedipus’ arrogant personality led him to break had moral law. Moral laws are the standards we set for ourselves, or our belief’s in the way that we should live our lives. For Oedipus, he ran from the thought of his moral laws being broken.
The King 's death can be seen as akin to Hamlet losing a part of himself, leading him to believe that the world has lost all intrinsic value as a result, lamenting 'how weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world. Moreover, influenced by Ancient Greek tragedy, Hamlet becomes increasingly isolated from his own family as they become more hostile towards him as the play progresses. The theme of revenge is present throughout the play and is the central driving force behind Hamlet. Hamlet believes that Claudius, his uncle killed his father, which is true as the play later reveals. This triggers him to start investigations into the matter.
Oedipus had to go through several individuals to realize he is his father 's murder and his prophesied was fellfield when it was said he would kill his father and marry his mother. This insightful information leads Oedipus to stab his eyes out and condemn himself to exile, and his dear mother, Jocasta, to hang herself ("Oedipus" 1777-1816). As for the play Antigone, she is Oedipus daughter, In the play she wants to give her brother, Polyneices, a prober barrel, but it is forbidden by her uncle Creon who says Polyneices is a trader for attacking their home in Thebes. Antigone decided to undermined her uncle 's authority and bury her brother, causing her uncle to incarcerate her in a