A tragic hero is a character who has the potential to have heroic qualities, but their fate is a tragic downfall. Aristotle defined a tragic hero as “a person who must evoke a sense of pity and fear in the audience. He is considered a man of misfortune that comes to him through error of judgment”. Some tragic heroes in literature are John Proctor in The Crucible and Macbeth in the play Macbeth. It is possible for two characters to be labeled a tragic hero, but the audience can feel differently about them.
This quote shows that isolation causes dangerous behavior. Mentally, Frankenstein is damaged, which is evident when he states that he feels no right to share experiences and converse with his family. Secondly, while in isolation, Frankenstein created a monster. The isolation drove him to create this monster because nobody could help him with his decisions, which presented Frankenstein with awful consequences. Indirectly, Frankenstein’s isolation caused physical destruction to his family because it made him ignorant of the repercussions of his creation.
Could two brothers dislike each other so much that one would be responsible for the others death. In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” the main character, Doodle, is killed during a terrible storm. Who is responsible for Doodle’s death? The narrator, Doodle’s older brother, is responsible for Doodle’s death for the following reasons: never accepted Doodle from the beginning, pushed Doodle too far, and acted out of selfishness. Doodle’s older brother disliked him from the day he was born.
Okonkwo was one of the most famous and fearful member not only of his clan in Umuofia but other nine villages as well. He worked hard to become a renowned and prosperous member of his clan and to break away from the legacy of his father Okoye who was referred to as ‘agbala’, a man who has not won any title and was another word for woman. Okonkwo was not an evil man but his life was dominated by fear of weakness and failure which made him extremely violent and aggressive. He hated everything associated with his father- music, gentleness and laziness. But much to the anguish of Okonkwo, Nwoye embodied most of his grandfather’s traits and this enraged Okonkwo deeply.
Here is my evidence. First reason the narrator is guilty of Doodle’s death is because he was ashamed of him. This is clearly shown when brother makes the statement on page 347 “I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” This clearly shows the narrator's shame in Doodle. Another statement
If he could kill a boy that he treated like his son so easily he would not have a problem killing his actual son. “But the boy was afraid of him and slipped out of the hut as soon as he noticed him dozing.” (p.63) This quote is important because he realized that he does not like being around his father. He lost the little respect he had left for him after he killed Ikemefuna.
This trait is revealed when his son Cory confronts him and tells him how he has been a terrible father and how he destroyed his dreams in the fear of his son being more successful than him. Cory also openly tells him how he treated his mother in an inhuman way by impregnating another woman. Troy, instead of lowering his tone and accepting the reality, goes ahead and drives his son out of his house, claiming that he is man enough to fend for himself. It is quite ironical that Troy is chasing Cory out of a house which legally belongs to his brother Gabriel. Troy is a character who personifies individuals who make intentional mistakes that they want excused while they have caused physical and emotional suffering to other parties
Macbeth hallucinates a vision of a bloody dagger pointing him in the direction of the king, and interprets it as a sign to go through with the murder; however, he goes back on his word a moment later, doubting its significance: “Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight? or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?” (Shakespeare II.
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.
Although he 's tried everything that he can to go against the prophecy, by trying to avoid it he ran right into the prophecy. He has killed Laius and married Jocasta. Unknowingly, he and his mother, Jocasta had been fulfilling the prophecy. Oedipus had been ashamed of fulfilling the prophecy, so he gouged his eyes so he could not see the faces of those who looked down on him.
His choice to completely be everything that his father wasn 't and be nothing that his father was, ultimately was his downfall. His tragic flaw is his fear of being like his father: weak and a failure. His violent and rash personality caused him to push away the ones he loved and be stripped of his position as one of the highest ranking men in his village. Achebe uses Okonkwo to show that one must always remain aware of himself and his actions on his way to obtain
The Russian author Leo Tolstoy once said “everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart the main character, Okonkwo, struggles with a sense of identity. He wishes to change those around him to be his ideal version of manly: emotionless, strong, and unafraid to fight. He does not think about changing his own ideals in response to the changes brought about by the introduction of the white men in Umuofia, which ultimately led to his downfall.