Oedipus Rex and the Aristotelian Tragic Hero If you were to google the world tragedy, you would probably be left with multiple definitions that all say something along the lines of a tragedy is a play with tragic events and an unhappy ending. Despite what the dictionary may say, a tragedy is much more than that. Born in ancient Greece around the sixth century BCE, they evolved throughout the ages with Elizabethan tragedy blossoming in the sixteenth century, the Neoclassical tragedy developing in the seventeenth century, and the modern tragedy coming to fruition shortly after that (Conversi). Clearly for tragedy to have survived through the ages, it must be of value, but that value may be different to different people. One man who clearly articulated his views regarding tragedy was the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle who stated the purpose of tragedy was to teach the audience as well as cause catharsis, which he
Shakespeare is the greatest writer in all of written English; he is known most for his death-ridden tragedies. Shakespeare has written also, a substantial number of comedies, which have humor, but not the kind that would be found in modern-day comedies. Shakespeare had a fascination with death and love, both of which are common themes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity and twisted love, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare has his villain make this comment about love, “Speak low if you speak love.” (Don Pedro, Act 2 Scene 1) Even though this was pulled from a comedy this line is very tragic, because it comes from the play’s villain. Shakespeare often likes to play this game of “Guess the Genre.” Pulling elements from
William Shakespeare and Brave New World María José Castañeda Guerrero >>> William Shakespeare was an important 16th-century English writer who was widely known for his poems and plays, such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet or The Tempest. He has influenced many writers since his death and furthermore, has had an immense impact on recent films, plays and poems. Shakespeare has had a lot of influence on Brave New World, one of the most important Aldous Huxley's novels; but to be more specific, the Shakespeare's play that has more connections with Huxley's novel is The Tempest, a romance where reality and magic are together. The Tempest, popularly regarded as Shakespeare's last play, was performed in 1611 for James I and first published in 1623.
The character more represents vices rather than a person, and truly exemplifies Shakespeare’s view of a corrupting evil (Miller). Best seen in the character Iago, their soul goal in mind is the downfall of the protagonist, and no action is too foul. While Iago is dehumanized, he still has motives and reasons to his corruption. At the pinnacle of his motives stands hatred. Iago hates the moor for not giving the lieutenancy that he so well deserves.
1. Aristotle once stated, “a man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall (bisd303.org).” Oedipus epitomizes a true tragic hero in both his past and his actions, although he did not have any control regarding his fate. He had excessive pride and self-righteousness; he dares to compare himself to the gods in saying “you pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers (33).” He is quick-tempered and spontaneous, which leads him to jump to conclusions, causing the reader to become aware of the fact that Oedipus is mortal and imperfect, henceforth with flaws. Oedipus’ error in judgment and tragic fall lead him to his downfall.
In some of the problems he is involved in, human lives are at risk. This sole fact makes it more than obvious that those situations required a quick clever solution, and were not easy to solve at all. However, if Romeo had stopped for a second to think, and use previous experiences as lessons instead of acting hastily, the outcomes to those situations would have probably been more favorable. To conclude this essay, it would be wise to convey the points given into a new outcome to the story. Once Romeo had seen the fight start between Mercutio and Tybalt, he should have stayed where he was.
Conflict is one of the many ways Shakespeare used to spice up the play of Romeo and Juliet. Not to mention that conflict is a recurring theme within the play as it intertwines with several other themes to importantly show the relationship of conflict to tragedy. He explores conflict to bring the significance of tragedy within the play, this can be observed that the idea of conflict has been dispersed throughout the play. This can be seen as when conflicts build up and unveil itself in a chain till the death of Romeo and Juliet, this intensifies what Shakespeare depicts the conflict as a means of proving the worth of conflict in the play. Since the play of Romeo and Juliet was set In Verona, during the Renaissance period, it was the rebirth
“Fair is foul, foul is fair...”(1,1,11) this well-known line in Shakespeare 's Macbeth challenges appearances versus reality and it remains a theme throughout the play. Shakespeare is notorious for using the theme appearances versus reality as seen in many of his plays such as Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare uses the faults of the human perception to discover the Truth for this he is regarded as one of the most influential playwrights of all time. He exploits appearance and reality to advance the plot, but it also comments on greater issues. In Macbeth and Hamlet, it focuses on the characters that are deceived by appearance and the errors in these judgments.
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare, a renowned English poet and playwright of the 16th century. Like most great works of literature, Macbeth contains a number of motifs, which are reoccurring themes or elements that can found in a story. Motifs are mainly used by the author to emphasize a certain idea or theme in the plot. According to the online article, The Role and Importance of Motifs in Macbeth by Tom Wiig, “Shakespeare employs the use of motifs to emphasize certain ideas as he aims to point out key elements for us, the audience, to decipher and explore.” Some of the motifs that appear in Macbeth is irony and paradox. In order to understand why irony is a motif in Macbeth, it is important to know the meaning of irony.
The amount of coincidence in the play proves that fate had control in Romeo and Juliet, as the characters were ignorant and couldn’t prevent these coincidences. For example, Friar John ends up in quarantine for the having been