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.
A tragic hero is a character who has the potential to have heroic qualities, but their fate is a tragic downfall. Aristotle defined a tragic hero as “a person who must evoke a sense of pity and fear in the audience. He is considered a man of misfortune that comes to him through error of judgment”. Some tragic heroes in literature are John Proctor in The Crucible and Macbeth in the play Macbeth. It is possible for two characters to be labeled a tragic hero, but the audience can feel differently about them.
This stress put on him is what essentially created his tragic flaw. Hamlets tragic flaw is his indecisiveness to make decisions. This trait is demonstrated through the entire play and causes Hamlet to his own demise. When Hamlet has immediate suspicious of his fathers murder and later proof, he delays the murder, which is puzzling because the play is about revenge, and one would expect him to have done it earlier as he had ample amount of opportunities to do so. His indecisiveness has puzzled many.
All of these qualities are important because, according to Aristotle, they are what makes a tragic hero. Although some may argue otherwise, Creon is the best fitting tragic hero of the story Antigone. In Greek tragedy, a character usually possesses a hamartia, or tragic flaw, this flaw evokes emotions such as pity and fear into the audience. Creon’s hamartia is arrogance, throughout the story is uses his power to make him seem above others. When Teiresias comes to warn Creon of the gods wrath, they get into an argument with Creon saying “Dost know at whom thou glancest, me thy lord?”(54).
In ACT 3, scene 2, line 000, Juliet uses oxymoron to express her distress upon learning of Romeo killing Tybalt, “Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical.” This statement uses two conflicting terms together. Oxymoron is used to express Juliet’s internal conflict on Romeo being her husband but him also having killed her cousin
The death of Romeo and Juliet is surrounded with a lot of controversy on who is to blame. Some speculate that Friar Lawrence or Lord Capulet is to blame. However, could it be the most unusual suspect in the entire story? Romeo’s best friend Mercutio. In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the children of two rival houses fall in love but were destined to die tragically from the beginning they met.
This sentence really means that Romeo and Juliet’s new, young love is no longer as perfect as it once was; there is now something that has “stained it”, or has ruined how pure the love once was. Due to this act, the people of Verona banishes Romeo, a punishment more awful than all else. Romeo compares his banishment with that of death, emphasizing exactly how awful his punishment is with the metaphor, “There is no world without Verona walls / But purgatory, torture, hell itself. / Hence ‘banishèd’ is ‘banished from the world,’ / And world’s exile is death” (Shakespeare III.iii.18-21). By comparing the consequences of his actions with death, Romeo accentuates how awful his future might be.
The turning point in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet occurs when Romeo kills Tybalt, this event leads to other complications throughout act three. The first complication that the reader encounters is when Romeo gets banished. This is a complication of the play because Romeo has just married Juliet and now they will not be able to see each other. In this act Juliet says, “ ‘Tybalt is dead and Romeo is banishèd/That banishèd, that word “banishèd” ’ ”(3.2.123-124). This complication contributes to the mood shift because Juliet is getting beaten down by the word ‘banishèd’ and she just cannot take it.
If there is any true madness, the madness comes from this: Hamlet is caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. His life is dammed and doomed no matter what he does. He eventually quits trying to choose and simply acts according to the cultural example Fortinbras sets before him. All die as a result of Hamlet 's reaction to Fortinbras ' example. This seems to condemn the cultural requirement for revenge even though Fortinbras carries it off with such aplomb and with such honor.
Tragedy of Macbeth is a story written by William Shakespeare about a man who is power hungry to become king. This story is called a tragedy, a tragedy is a type of story that doesn 't have a happy ending. A tragedy will end up with the protagonist dieing or making a great sacrifice. Shakespeare has made many tragedies such a Romeo and Juliet for example. In every Tragedy there must be a tragic hero and in this story it shows that Macbeth is the tragic hero, is a round character, and also a very dynamic character.
Mental health is presented in a similar manner in Hamlet and Ordinary People, because both Hamlet and Conrad, are devastated, and thrown into a spiral of depression, by the loss of a family member, and the deterioration of their families. Hamlet falls into his hole of depression when his father is murdered and he finds out that his mother is guilty of incest with his own uncle. When Hamlet says, “A little month, or ere those shoes were old / With which she followed my poor father’s body, / Like Niobe, all tears-why she, even she…married my uncle, / My father’s brother,” (Shakespeare, I, II, 147-153), we see that he is extremely disappointed in his mother for not only remarrying so quickly, but, marrying her own brother-in-law, and he is upset at the loss of his father. In Ordinary People, Conrad sinks into depression after his older brother, Buck, drowns in a lake accident, and he falls deeper into depression when he realizes that his parents’ marriage is deteriorating slowly. For instance, Conrad expresses how he feels without his brother when he says, “It is like the hole in your mouth where a tooth was and you cannot keep your tongue from playing with it” (Guest 24).
Benvolio says this to Romeo, because Tybalt has just been killed because he killed Mercutio. “Romeo, away, be gone! / The citizens are up and Tybalt slain.”(3.1.130-131) This supports that Tybalt is to blame because his death leads to a lot more events like the capulet finding out and being heartbroken, but Juliet is even more sad because Romeo has been punished to exile but her parents don’t know that they are married. So to try and cheer up their daughter they try and marry her to another man to get her spirits up. This supports that Tybalt is to blame because his death leads to a lot more events like the capulet finding out and being heartbroken, but Juliet is even more sad because Romeo has been punished to exile but her parents do not know that they are married.
Creon is Shocked with the deaths of his wife and son and says, “Oh no, another, a second loss to break of heart. What next, what fate still waits for me? I just held my son in my arms and now, look, a new corpse rising before my eyes- wretched, helpless mother-O my son.” (Sophocles 1420-25). Creon begins to see how his pride lead him to this and sees how it could affect even more and starts to wonder what else his actions will do to him. The decision to punish Antigone he sees was not worth the death of his family.
Macbeth’s hamartia is his excessive ambition to become King, which leads to paranoia, and then leads to his death. The Fatal Flaw in Shakespearian tragedies is what classifies the play under that genre. Whilst there is death and sadness in his other plays, to be sorted with his Tragedies the plays must end in the main character’s death brought upon them due to their own faults. Critical Opinion of
The murder of King Duncan had left Macbeth’s wife feeling so guilty and paranoid, she kills herself. The news of this makes Macbeth feel as though “life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.” (5.5.26-28) Macbeth knows that despite his sorrowful mood, he must try to defend his crown. His friends-turned-enemies know of his guilt, one even saying, “Now does he feel his secret murders sticking on his hands.” (5.2.19-20) The rebellion is successful, and Macbeth, sadly, is defeated and killed by Macduff. Malcolm is then named the new King of Scotland, as it should have been from the beginning. Although Macbeth can be seen as a terrible person who kills to get what he wants, he does possess many key traits that a tragic hero must have.