Oedipus, the main character of the play, is a king with ideal tragic hero traits in his personality, but his downfall is due to flaws in his moral decisions. That makes the reader have the tragic hero feeling at the end of the play when all the good of Oedipus is muddled in his fight against his evilness. Oedipus’ parents had to throw him away the day he was born, because it was foretold that he would kill his father and marry his mother. He was pitied by the shepherd who was supposed to leave him in the mountains of Cithaeron. Instead of dying, and “out of pity for the baby” the shepherd gave him to the shepherd of King Polybus (Sophocles).
King Lear’s subplot often reflects the main plot as Gloucester is also blind to his children’s true nature. Gloucester 's metaphoric blindness is caused by the anger and betrayal he feels from learning of his sons Edgar’s treacherous plan to kill him, due to his lack of sight and gullibility, he believes this lie told by the other son Edmund. Instead, of seeing what was going on, Gloucester falls for Edmunds tricks and ends up putting a bounty on good Edgar’s head. These actions initiate Gloucester 's future when Edmund betrays him and he then suffers physically when Cornwall gouges out his eyes later in the play. Gloucester 's suffering continues and he attempts to commit suicide but Edgar in disguise saves him.
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)
Antigone is last book in a play trilogy by Sophocles about the tragic downfall of a family. The play focuses mainly on Antigone’s conflicting motivations developing Creon as the tragic hero in the play, causing him to be greedy and power crazed and unwilling to take others opinions. This leads to Creon’s tragic downfall and the death of Antigone and others important to Creon. In the play Antigone’s motivations contrast Creon’s due to the difference in beliefs.
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.
As the play unfolds, we see Oedipus’ virtues and weaknesses lead him to his own demise. Unfortunately, the audience can see Oedipus fate being sealed before he can see it himself. This has been provided through Sophocles use of foreshadowing. Oedipus ' sense of responsibility for his city-state drives his search for the truth, the truth that ultimately destroys him. One can say Oedipus is solely at hand for his downfall by the actions he pursues, however one can also note that if the secret of the god’s oracle was not kept hidden, his own end would have never reached fruition.
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.
Many people argue over who is to blame for Macbeth’s demise. The real question is what is to blame? A tragic flaw is a trait that a character usually possesses too much of and causes the character death or suffering. Macbeth was a great warrior who became king and was so determined to stay king that he was led to his own demise. Macbeth had a tragic ending and it was all because he had too much of something which turned him into a tyrant.
Furthermore, Hamlet feels compelled by both Heaven and Hell because he feels as if his father came down asking for vengeance for his own death even though Hamlet is unable to deliver. Though Hamlet thought about killing Claudius immediately, he also thinks of the negative consequences of revenge rather than the positive ones which puts him at a standstill, “cursing like the whore he is”. As the play progresses through the plot, Hamlet experiences an epiphany after observing Fortinbras, expressing, “Why yet I live to say “this thing's to do”, / Sith
Oedipus, the tragic hero of Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, has a flaw that causes his downfall. Aristotle, in his Poetics, says that “Tragedy is essentially an imitation not of persons but of action and life, of happiness and misery” (135). This tragic flaw is what causes Oedipus’ fate to hurt him and is why he loses everything. Oedipus’ tragic flaw is his blindness, which is seen in the play when he argues with the blind seer Teiresias, when he ignores the messenger from Corinth, and when he does not connect the evidence from Iokaste.
Could one's own act of pride and anger be the result of their downfall? Throughout the play Oedipus is seen as a great hero and savior to the people of Thebes however, we soon start to learn that Oedipus has a tragic flaw. Oedipus’s tragic flaw lies in his pride and anger which blinds and leads him to his demise. From the start of his journey to the end of it Oedipus was always blinded by both his pride and his anger. During a feast at Corinth a man taunted him for not being the son of Polybus and blinded by his pride he could not think of anything else.
A person is able to physically see while being blind to the truth of who they are. One of the most prevalent motifs in Oedipus the King is the idea of sight vs. blindness. Sight is synonymous with ignorance, and blindness is synonymous with knowledge. This particular motif could be emphasizing many different themes, but one theme that applies to Oedipus is self-discovery. All throughout the Greek tragedy, Oedipus is meeting people and going through events to help him discover who he really is and all that he has done.
Exploring the Writings of Sophocles: The Tragic Hero, Oedipus The greeks sure do love their tragic heroes, in fact, lots of plays had one. But what makes up a tragic hero and why is Oedipus one? In King Oedipus, we see recurring themes such as blindness and sight that guide our hero Oedipus through his journey. Idealisms such as these relate to the traits of Oedipus being a tragic hero. In the Classic Greek Tragedy “ King Oedipus”, the traits that make Oedipus a tragic hero are his Hamartia and his Great Suffering or Falling from grace.
Irony is commonly used in literature to add humor and suspense to stories. Over time, many authors have adapted the use of irony into their writing. One famous example is Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. Sophocles follows the life of the main character, Oedipus, who encounters many ironic situations. The author makes use of several types of irony throughout the story.