Brutus’ only flaw is innocence, so that he believes in others, it makes him suffer in his heart, and he could not forget for the rest of his life. Sometimes human life is like a game, only a mistake leads to many failures. Brutus is truly a hero, but he is a tragic hero, a very poor hero. Caesar and Brutus are both ambitious, Caesar wants power for himself, but Brutus want power for the best of Rome. One of the thing that makes Brutus fits the definition of a tragic hero more than Caesar is that he has a noble personality.
Oedipus' most prominent and significant flaws include his ignorance and his hubris. Throughout the tragedy, Oedipus’s ignorance of his birth and his entire fate drives the story forward and lead to great suffering not only for himself but for everyone around him. Oedipus’ ignorance of his parentage leads him to commit incest and his ignorance of his fate leads him to walk straight to it. While Oedipus’ ignorance is certainly a flaw as it does lead to great pain for everyone involved, Oedipus himself cannot be blamed for it and it does not represent his hamartia, or “fatal flaw”. This is because Oedipus’ ignorance exists solely as a tool for Sophocles to create the cathartic effect.
While he did try and break these addictions and replace them with cycling, the cycling hobby was not enough to overcome his obsession with drugs and alcohol. In a Shakespearean tragedy, the anagnorisis, or the change from ignorance to the recognition of the hamartia, is not always realized by the tragic hero. However, in Williams’ instance, he does recognize his tragic flaw and tries his best to put it right. Ultimately, the Shakespearean tragic hero endures suffering or death that is widespread, as Williams does when his family and fans were taken aback by his death. Through the five main characteristics, the Shakespearean tragic hero follows a downward slope from nobility to suffering, ending in the catastrophe that was his death, which insights us into the flaws in human
Aristotle’s version of a tragic hero is a person who makes judgement mistakes which causes his or her own downfall. In the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth is an example of Aristotle’s description of a tragic hero. Macbeth fits the definition of an Aristotelian tragic hero by his nobility turning into excessive pride due to his felonious actions, but after his fall from grace he becomes conscious of his lost virtue and he begins to regain his integrity. Macbeth originally appears as a noble and valiant war hero in the beginning of the play. Macbeth was portrayed as an extremely loyal and brave soldier who would risk his life for King Duncan at first.
W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris.
That took a big turn when he was proven wrong by Valjean when he didn’t take revenge on him and set him free because it went against all of his beliefs that’s why Javert told Valjean to “take your revenge” (pg. 264). because he knew he couldn’t live knowing he was set free by a criminal let alone the one he had spent most of his life trying to catch. After Valjean let Javert go he couldn’t understand why someone he thought was so bad would do something so nice for someone who could easily be considered an enemy in the eyes of a criminal like valjean. These thoughts ate and ate at him, they made him question if he had wasted his whole life doing the wrong thing.
In the story of Macbeth, the protagonist is seen to have all the characteristics of a tragic hero. Unlike Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is a prime example of a tragic hero, not only because he is the main character of a tragedy, but because he was at first a noble and great character, who soon turned out to be average, his downfall was caused by his own flaws (mainly due to his excessive pride), and he gathered some sympathy from the audience. Firstly, a characteristic of a tragic hero is someone of high status, who is not perfect so that
(O’Dair,1993:6). As an initial step, Cassius unflinchingly determinates to convince Brutus of his criminal conspiracy against Caesar, because Brutus's character ensures the success of the scheme. Through his wide knowledge of the psychology of man, Cassius is made capable of winning Brutus over to his side. Before the appearance of Cassius to work on Brutus, Brutus never shows any symptoms of criminal trends. On the contrary, is a man universally recognized to be of good nature.
Creon cares extremely about his country of Thebes and creates his own laws. He mentions that, “There's been a group of grumblers in this town: men who can hardly abide by my rule, who nod and whisper, chafing beneath my law, who are not in love with it at all,” (Sophocles, 203). He speaks these words with anger towards whoever disobeys him. His extreme love for his country shows his noble stature which causes him to punish those who do not love Thebes as passionately as he does. Creon has the appearance of good, but when he chooses to not bury Polyneices, which goes against the beliefs of the Gods by not honoring him, he shows his tragic flaw.
His conscience still guilty from the murder he had committed. This feeling of guilt showing that Macbeth still had morals, as he did truly doubt the murder plan and had begun to have second thoughts on it. But even though he still felt guilt his power hungry ambition for absolute power was greater. He had even turned against his loyal partner, Banquo, as he was predicted to be the father of a long line of kings. Macbeth growing fear of losing power took over him and he sent murderers to kill Banquo and his son.