Haimon my son, so young, so young to die, I was the fool, not you; and you died for me.” Creon implores that he has been blinded by his pride and that he didn’t see that Haemon’s ultimatum and love for Antigone would be the reason why Haemon would kill himself. Creon’s decisions have lead him to lose his son and his wife, which is where his downfall begins. Creon becomes the tragic hero because he has endured pain from the deaths of his family. By not listening to Teiresias or anyone, but only to himself because he believes what he is doing is right, the death of his loved ones were
In The Kite Runner, shown in multiple ways, shame can be an extremely destructive force in an individual’s life by destroying relationships between loved ones. The force of shame triggered Amir to turn his back on his best friend whom he later finds out is his brother, Hassan. Amir framed Hassan by saying he stole from him, “I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it.” Amir was dishonored by not taking up for Hassan when he was in need of his assistance, so Amir’s shame caught up with him and assumed it would make matters better by attempting to have Baba get rid of him and Ali by framing him. Also, Amir disrespected Hassan and hit him in the chest with a pomegranate, “I hurled the pomegranate at him.” To me this was an attempt for Amir to test Hassan’s honor and respect by seeing if he would hit him back;
He had a flaw of judgement in deciding to avenge his father, his fortune is reversed from a wealthy prince to a dead man, Hamlet does realize he brought about his own fate, he does have excessive pride, and his fate is the worst kind of fate; death. Although Hamlet is a tragic hero, he is also a pathetic coward, choosing to accept his father’s request and to avoid
One of Macbeth’s many soliloquies explains his fear of Banquo’s sons becoming king. Fearing so much for his crown, Macbeth calls upon three poor men in need and manipulates them for his own wants. The men being convinced by Macbeth manipulative words “That it was he, in the times past, which held you;/So under fortune” kill Banquo (Shakespeare 87). Macbeth use of the lowest of society, the poorest of the poor, when he has access to all the people of the Kingdom is a horrendous but intelligent move all done to keep himself safe. His intelligence helps him stay unknown to those close to him because Macbeth is afraid of being blamed for Banquo’s death.
Haemon and his father have several disputes that show, Creon pushing his son away in order to show his dominance. Creon calls his son a “soul of corruption, rotten through” which just reflects how cruel Creon had become, even when talking to his own son (836). This will be the last argument the two have before Haemon kills himself due to neglect and longing for Antigone. The power of the crown causes Creon to act instinctively rather than reasonably when deciding Antigone's fate. His loyalty to his power becomes priority over his family, when he decrees his nephews burial illegal.
In the story the Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst the narrator knows what he did was wrong. In the end, he realized that his own pride was the downfall for his own little brother. For wanting a normal little brother and not a crippled one. As stated on page 2 “ It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make my plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow”. Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled.
Using false feelings of superiority as a way to mask inner feelings of inferiority is a seemingly effective method to use when trying to appear more authoritative than is true. However, what begins as “false feelings” quickly escalates into genuine arrogance. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Jack’s superiority complex and need to be in control revealed the inner savagery of the boys, which eventually caused the downfall of their community. Jack 's egotism is clear to see from the first meeting, yet Ralph still manages to overshadow him. Golding sets the tone for Jack’s character straight away through Piggy 's "intimida[tion]" at Jack 's "superiority" (26).
John Proctor is shown to be both a hero and a flawed man in regards to his lechery. After cheating on his wife with Abigail Williams, the villain of the story, John knows that he has made an error and is determined to leave the past behind him stating, “… I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again” (Miller 1261). Proctor knows that he has made a grave mistake, and it has haunted him ever since he has reached for her. His very character is permanently flawed by his
Transitional word or phrase using point 2: Pride can cause the destruction of relationships with friends and family. Second powerful example form short story supporting your argument (page #): ”The knowledge that Doodle’s and my plans had come to nought was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind…” (Hurst - 176) Explanation of quotation and how it proves your belief: The narrator was proud of himself and his brother, but once he realized that he had failed, he lashed out at his brother, and left him behind eventually to die. Transitional word or phrase using point 3: One final reason that pride is a bad thing, is if an individual has too much pride, it can lead him or her to harm
Although Baba lied to protect himself, he ended up stealing Amir’s and Hassan’s knowledge that they were brothers. Baba’s lies forced Amir to make decisions he would later regret and caused him terrible suffering because Amir thought he was fully guilty of driving out Hassan and Ali. Lies sometimes come out to be harmless, but in most cases they create many more problems than they were intended to