W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris.
In Paul’s Case, the main character Paul embodies the true characteristics of narcissism. Paul exhibits greed, entitlement and he places himself above all others. Because of Paul’s narcissism, he treated others with disrespect and was often critical of other’s. Paul’s narcissism is so debilitating that he is unable to find satisfaction in anything and that is ultimately what drives him to commit suicide. Could it have been that even though Paul presented himself as a superior, important person that people should be envious of, he was actually self-consciousness with a self-esteem as fragile as glass?
Pg 27-29). Even tough we see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted, showing that he is very much humane, and his only fault being way too ambitious. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway. At the very end, in the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall we didn 't expect that a murderer like him would, even in defeat, display conscience and bravery. "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm 's feet,...
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, both protagonists possess tragic flaws which lead to their demise. Distanced by years in literature, Okonkwo and Oedipus are remarkably similar, however display aspects of their personalities that make their epic journeys of fate quite different. Both characters are arrogant and refuse to be told they are incorrect about anything. They are considered admirable at first, especially in the eyes of the other characters, however by the end of both stories, they are considered outcasts. Both men possess an egotistic attitude and have an overwhelming sense of pride in their achievements.
Montresor, for example, is a character with a dynamic personality matched by what seems to be his overwhelming yet single-minded emotions. Driven by revenge, his character gives to the reader the sense of the overwhelming anger he has built up inside him over a large period of time. Katherine Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” has a main character with a wide array of emotions in comparison to that of Montresor.
Altered Page Assignment- The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is an eminent novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which represents how the pursuit of the marred American Dream leads to the decay of true morality. Pages 174-175, which have been illustrated, are quite significant as it provides the readers with a greater depth of understanding as to how people are corrupted, as well as how there are still a few individuals who have preserved their virtuousness. Consequently, the majority of the characters in the novel were despicable as they were using Gatsby for achieving their own desires.
The Conflicted Character of an Anti- Hero In literary writing, a protagonist is often the one who captures the hearts of readers through their heroic traits and acts. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, the protagonist, Amir, lacks these conventional heroic traits and more often displays characteristics that line with a villain. Through his acts of betrayal and redemption, he is often found hurting those who are most loyal to him. Despite Amir committing immoral acts against those who care the most about him, he cannot be named a true literary villain as he consequently experiences overwhelming feelings of guilt. As Amir is found as a conflicted character through this becoming of age novel, he finds the weakness and strengths within
This action negatively impacts him due to the developed hatred the other characters gain towards Macbeth. His ambition has led to not just the death of Duncan and Banquo but also many others such as the Duncan’s chambermaid and Macduff’s family. This slaughter ruins Macbeth’s original image of a brave, valiant, worthy gentleman to the point that others begin to address him as tyrant. Young Siward, when Macbeth told him his name, stated that “The devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear.” (V. vii).
As I read pages 58-59 in chapter 4, I found out that being family doesn't always put you on a higher pedal stool as an outsider. Joe's father left him to live by himself in an unfinished house at the young age of 15. Joe's stepmom did not enjoy living with him and with no consideration of his mother's death; she easily persuaded Harry to abandon his own flesh and blood. Thula, the stepmother is pure evil for those actions. Joe's father, Harry, on the other side is not innocent either.