This makes Dorian paranoid and he fears that the painting will be discovered and his appearance will be forever tarnished to the world. Dorian eventually sees that “his beauty to him had been but a mask, his youth but a mockery,” (Wilde, 223) and the full weight of his sins begin to become apparent. Dorian however caught up in his vanity, refuses to confess any of his sins. Even after committing the most heinous of acts in murder, Dorian resorts to opium addiction to cure his sole. He wishes to erase the act from his memory rather
The least noble character of Julius Caesar is Decius. There is a plethora of reasons as to why Decius is an ignoble character. First of all, according to the play, Decius lies to Calpurnia and says that her nightmares mean nothing. Next, Decius says he is going to affront and mock another individual. This makes Decius a heckler.
In a situationally ironic act, Kreon orders Antigone to be entombed alive and for Polyneices to be left dead in the open. His inhumane command is a sign of his hubris, as Kreon begins to believe that human law is more important than divine justice. Here, Kreon goes against the social expectations of a king, as the Ancient Greek society believed that Zeus despised superiority and conceit. Sophocles further uses dramatic irony when Antigone refuses for Ismene to be martyred for what she did not originally believe in; this surprises the audience of the play, as Antigone is seen to value family ties above all. Eventually, both Antigone and Kreon are either killed or disgraced due to their respective obsessions with family ties and absolute power.
And at its climax, the chorus, representing his Theban people, disavowed King Oedipus and his contributions to Thebes saying it would have been better without him. These acts combined drive the humiliated Oedipus towards self-punishment, exile, and to his piteous, shameful fate. Sophocles in Oedipus the King puts the idea of truth and knowledge in the spotlight of Greek and modern audiences. Although Oedipus himself meets a collectively negative end, the power of truth is revealed through his misery. Some things are best left to the Gods rather than in the minds of men, it would have been to Oedipus’ ignorant bliss.
Cassio is the one Iago wanted dead or out of position. However, at the end of the play, Cassio didn’t die and Othello advocated him a higher position. Again, most things Iago says are lies and ironic. He states, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy…...”(3.3.195) This is a shameless lie, jealousy is the reason why Iago betrays Othello and ruining everyone’s lives in the first place. Ironic is shown in the lyrics, as well as the video.
Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage. “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge, it could not move thus” (Shakespeare IV, v, 145). In this quote, Laertes claims that even if Ophelia was sane, she could not persuade him any better than she is now to take revenge for them. He probably feels this way because he is angry that Ophelia has become like this, and blames it all on Hamlet. This could be a sign that he is becoming mad, since he is blaming everything on Hamlet without thinking anything through.
Creon’s tragic flaw is that he is too stubborn and lets his pride obscure his decision making. When Eteocles and Polynices kill each other in battle, Creon orders his men to give Eteocles a complete military burial and decree Polynices’ body to remain unburied. Stubbornness is another defining tragic flaw of Creon. Creon demonstrate his stubbornness by not wanting to be proved wrong because of pride. When the Choragos tried to tell Creon that he made a mistake by telling that nobody can bury the body of Polyneices.
The king’s greed and self loathe are his fatal flaws that ultimately lead to his downfall. Instead of doing things honestly and fair Claudius is a character who would rather play dirty and scheme behind peoples backs to find quick and easy solutions to his problems.Overall Claudius deceived his best friend, his nephew, and his wife to try to end up on top and in power but he ended up losing everything he had almost the exact same way that he received through a tragedy caused at the hands of another
“Old man-all of you! So, you shoot your arrows at my head like archers at the target-”(1146-1147). Creon disregards the wishes of all characters in the play, and even decides to ignore the advice from Tiresias until the end of the play. This shows how Creon is more corrupt than Macbeth because he never listened, and continued his ignorant decision making. “Come, let it come!-that best fates for me that brings the final day”(1449-1450)Creon disobeys the gods, which twists his and his family’s fate.
The next example is ironic and an unknowing internal conflict when Oedipus speaks to Laius’ killer as if he is actually right in front of him and commands him “ to turn his hand against [him]” even though Laius killer is himself (KO 29). Oedipus’ pride will not let Laius’ killer get away with an unjust murder. Oedipus, believing the murderer is a sneaky and unjust man, tries to talk to him even though he is nowhere in sight. Unwittingly, his efforts are useless because Laius’ killer is Oedipus all along. The scene contributes to his downfall because as he searches for Laius’ killer he unravels the spark that will contribute to the flame.