Rather than losing his honor, he would rather have his army retreat, than fight and die. This hinders his credibility as a leader because, rather than staying and fighting, Agamemnon is a coward, and wants to leave with his Argives. Along with his self-pride interfering with his leadership, wise Nestor interferes and tells Agamemnon to apologize to Achilles for all the destruction he has caused. Nestor criticizes him of his hubris and tells him, “‘I urged you against it, strenuously. But you, you gave way to your overbearing anger, disgraced a great man the gods themselves esteem-- you seized his gift of honor and keep her still’” (9.129-132).
After this exchange, Danforth began a trial to hold Cory accountable for his response, or lack thereof. Giles knew his reputation would be shattered if he gave up one or more of his friends for his own safety. Cory’s dignity and pride also would not allow him to respond yes or no to an accusation saying he practiced witchcraft. Giles decided not to give the court any satisfaction for his arrest by giving in to the accusations or denying them and hanging for it. Either way he could have answered would have killed him, morally or physically, so he didn’t answer.
Further, his rank in society corrupts his thoughts and he refuses to listen to others, even when he is at fault. Creon’s title as ruler undoubtedly has impacted his pride. Creon displays a contemptuous belief that his way is the only way. Teiresias the phrophet yet again forwarns Creon on his fateful mistake to punish Antigone. “Think: all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repaired the evil”(5.77).
Throughout his characterisation, John Proctor is seen as a man of integrity, despite his immoral actions. He willingly tries to fix and rebuild his relationship with Elizabeth, whilst at the same time showcasing his reluctance to keep away from Abigail by not resuming to meet with her. Throughout his immoral actions, he performs conscious choices that highlight the great ideal of his character. Not taking away from that, he proves to himself even more to be moral by the way he acts in situation. Essentially, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft, and John immediately runs to his wife's’ aid.
Even with enemies wanting to kill him, Macbeth becomes more frightened by his own mind. When Macbeth’s wife dies, he does not even feel remorse because he can no longer feel human emotions. When told the news of his wife’s death, Macbeth’s only response is that it was bound to happen eventually. Macbeth’s final outlook on the life he did so much to get, is that “Life’s but a walking shadow / … signifying nothing” (5.5.24,28). Macbeth cannot live with the fact that he did horrible deeds to achieve power, and in the end it was not even worth it.
This leaves the women at a serious disadvantage to the men, which stresses how awful it is to live without independence. Esperanza, herself, feels tormented as an objectified female as well. “What he did. Where he touched me. I didn’t want it… He wouldn’t let me go” (Cisneros 99-100).
“Thy mother’s poisoned./ I can no more. The King, the King’s to blame” (V.ii.344-45). On Laertes death bed he is completely regretting his choices to trust Claudius the king. He knew that he had made the wrong decision and put his emotions of anger and revenge before his intelligence. If he hadn't chosen to team up with Claudius then he knows not everyone would of died maybe even none of them especially the queen.
Her Life is over./ I have no desire my son should have an evil wife.”(Sophocles Pg 22, 23) Creon has so much pride that he would actually kill his son's bride himself. In the scene in which Creon will not allow her brother to be buried. This goes against her personal beliefs she confronts Creon when she says “if I had allowed my own mothers son to rot, an unburied corpse that would have been an agony.” Creon wouldn’t allow Antigone brother to be buried even tho Antigone felt it was the right thing to do. Antigone is talking to Ismene about burying her brother but Ismene tells her to keep the idea a secret but Antigone disagrees and says “But I know I’ll please the ones I’m duty bound to please.”(Sophocles Pg 4) Antigone is going to bury her brother but Ismene thinks it’s a bad idea and tells her to keep it on the low but Antigone thinks she is going to please the ones who agree with her. Creon and Antigone both show how pride leads to Destruction; Creon’s pride blinds him to the lack of proper justice he commits against Antigone, Creon has a lot of pride that he would allow Antigone to kill herself before he admit he is wrong, Antigone’s pride has no choice but to be killed because of her
Albert Camus once said , “The byronic hero, incapable of love, or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid, and his conditions exhaust him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and destructive action.” In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s arrogance and pride show him as a complex character. His anger and strong beliefs show him as a representative towards his society; However, change is unpredictable and unavoidable. Okonkwo’s motivations, character development, and interactions suggest that he is a byronic hero.