As the play ends Oedipus Has a huge downfall at the end of the book. Oedipus is the perfect Greek tragic hero because he begins his journey with high status his flaw emerges and experiences a crushing downfall. As the play opens Oedipus is of noble birth and shows goodness. Oedipus is of the noble name the king. When the play states “I Oedipus, your world-renowned king”(Sophocles 1).
Beowulf is an epic poem which sings of the heroic conquests of one legendary hero. It calls its hearers to the heroic life, but holds out no false hopes for a “happily ever after,” an ending exemplified in the Odyssey, another epic poem. In opposition to it, Beowulf shows that wyrd will have its way and all must die when it is time. However although no man can defeat fate and escape death itself, personified in three monstrous enemies, Beowulf faces the physical, moral, and metaphysical evils. After those hard fought battles, Beowulf ends with accepting his victories as well as his inevitable death.
However, he kept making the wrong decisions and actions. His actions led by his flawed character is why he ended up fulfilling the prophecy. Oedipus is a tragic hero who by his own hand caused all his misfortune. Although in the beginning of the play, it is clear of his faith there was instances where Oedipus had a say in the upcoming events. Throughout the play Oedipus had freewill and was ultimately responsible of his future.
Oedipus is a transcendent hero as he faces a downfall due to his flaw, but ultimately learns a knowledge about his quest. Oedipus is born with a mournful fate: a son who would kill his father and later prophecy said that he would also marry his mother. Oedipus’s flaw is a hubris as he is too prideful for his fortune. His downfall is when he realizes that he has completed the prophecies that he thought he has destroyed and gouges his eyes out. His realization is that he unknowingly completed his prophecies.
After his long journey and his encounter with Utnapishtum, Gilgamesh learned that all he can do is to live life to the fullest and not fear death, but instead he must embrace it as a reason to enjoy the present. By the end of the voyage, he returned to Uruk a wiser leader and in the end changed his cruel ways. He was cherished by his people for the rest of his life and even beyond it because of his change. His people even claimed after his death that there would never be anyone equal to him by saying, “the king, peerless, without an equal among men.” His change and journey is why he is a hero to the Mesopotamian culture. His story provides an example of how people should act, treat each other, and ultimately what their focus should be about.
Julian Baggini iterates that while “happiness is important… it’s not everything; it’s worth having but hard to possess,” though he also admits that happiness’ role in life’s meaning is “so unclear,” (90). It is evident that Miller mirrors this sentiment--his main character, Willy Loman, devotes his entire life to achieving “happiness” through personal success. However, Miller depicts Willy’s goal, pursuing happiness as the main purpose of life, in a very tragic manner. Willy is greatly unable to achieve his goals. And, even in death, he did not obtain happiness or even guarantee his sons’ happiness, though he ends his life just because there is a possibility that his death may inadvertently bring success, and with it, happiness, to his family.
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
If Oedipus believed himself to be innocent to the murder of King Laius, he would not have cared what others thought about him or ever felt saddened that he acted inappropriately or even confessed to his wrongdoings. He was ignorant as he always believed himself to be better than others and have more knowledge as well. He desired to feel superior over others, making it difficult for him to understand the correct acquisitions made to him, regarding being the murder to King Laius by Tiresias (Sophocles 37). When the revelation and the statements made by others became reality, Oedipus was consumed with shame. Oedipus’s guilt is additionally an emotion felt after realizing the trick fate had played on him.
Oedipus was a victim of fate. He never knew about the tragic life ahead of him. Being the perfect example of a tragic hero. His tragic flaw was pride which not only caused the problems in Thebes to begin, but it also is a reoccurring theme throughout the entire story of Oedipus. Though Oedipus’s fate was a significant factor in moving the story it was his pride that sealed his fate.
Is it to fight to bring yourself to the very top, or to build lasting memories so that when you are no longer alive, you are still remembered? This idea of leaving a legacy is a way to make sure that your life was well lived, because if anyone remembers you in a good light then you know that it wasn’t all for nothing. Using this philosophy, Gatsby completely missed the meaning of life and ended up with truly only Nick to remember him. Jay Gatsby’s continuous attempt to achieve the perfect image through materialistic methods end with him dying without anything substantial or of any meaning; this represents the general attitude of despair within the 20s that most people were trying to fill with partying and secular beliefs. Even though these items made them feel sufficient at the time, Gatsby proves that in the end material items leave you with nothing.
Glorious carbuncle of the soul! Except in the life of the hero the whole world’s meaningless”(164). Again this quote refers to Beowulf and how heroism influences him to be who he is, to Beowulf the whole world is meaningless but his inner heroism, his ego, his reputation mattered the most to him. Even though everything is pointless he creates his own reputation and destiny by his