Othello is presented as a respectful and honorable prince loved by all, but unexpectedly he grows an enemy, Iago. Iago vows to get vengeance on Othello because Othello made Cassio his lieutenant instead of Iago. Iago then takes control of fate in the play as he diabolically invents a plan to manipulate Othello into believing that Desdeomona was having an affair with Cassio. Furthermore, Othello’s tragic flaw was that he was gullible, therefore eventhough Othello was infatuated with Desdemona he chose to believe in Iago’s lies about Desdemona’s “affair”. For example, throughout the entire play, Othello committed irrational actions voluntarily because he was overtaken by jealousy that Iago developed with lies.
A notable feature of Julius Caesar is that the initially supposedly main character—Caesar—dies in the middle of the play. The reader eventually realizes that the play is actually of not one, but two separate but closely mirroring tragedies. The famous line “Et tu, Brute?” (3.1.77) serves as a signal for which the scenes following it reveals the tragedy of Brutus in more detail. The tragedy of the first two acts is of Caesar, and all of his flaws culminate to this point, where the conspirators, including his friend Brutus, assassinate him. The significance of this line is that it links together the two tragic characters—Caesar and Brutus—in a close way not witnessed elsewhere in this play.
William Shakespeare, one of history’s legendary writers, created the play Macbeth with a tragedy that still burns with pity and sadness for Macbeth to this very day. From Macbeth’s tragic flaws, his continuous errors in judgement, to his complete downfall, this character actively demonstrates many characteristics of a Shakespearean tragic hero. The character Macbeth is a tragic hero in the play Macbeth. One of the reasons how Macbeth is a tragic hero is by his tragic flaws. In the play, the audience receives a sense of Macbeth’s ambition from this quote: “I have no spur/to prick the sides of my intent, but only/vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself/and falls on the others” (1,7,25-28).
He dies, and his death is a result of his own tragic flaws, which is his ignorance or willingness to trust people. Brutus is convinced that the death of Caesar will only benefit Rome, as he believes Caesar is not a good leader, is is starting to become a tyrant. Throughout the play, Brutus believes that him and Cassius on the same page, when really Cassius only wants Caesar dead out of spite and jealousy. Brutus is foolish to believe that the other men in Rome's government will simply step aside after Caesar is assassinated, when really these men are greedy and eager to take Caesar's power. Brutus was not only seen as a threat to these men, but he has also proved to be easily manipulated.
The classic Greek Play; Oedipus the King by Sophocles is an intricately put together play that uses dramatic irony to toy with the audience’s emotions. The dramatic irony throughout the play allows the audience to know certain details that the main character, Oedipus the King, does not. The prophecy that claimed him from the very beginning, what he’s been trying to get away from the majority of his life, that makes him essentially blind, reads that; Oedipus will shed his father’s blood and sleep with his mother. Oedipus does fulfil his horrible fate before he knows he has already done it and the events that lead and entice the reader along the way make the dramatic irony in this play surreal. This changes how the audience perceives Oedipus,
Macbeth is a play of tragedy. If one did not feel any type of sympathy for Macbeth, then the play would fail as a tragedy. For instance, an example of where the reader may have budding and impending feeling to sense some misfortune and pity for Macbeth appears in his dialogue directly before Macbeth decides whether or not he should go through with killing King Duncan. In his monologue, Macbeth struggles and worries where he pronounces, "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed." (I.vii.13-14).
a rat? dead for a ducat, dead!”. This impulsive moment expresses a change in Hamlet’s character, as he is a man of thoughts, not actions to this point. Therefore, with the use of exclamation marks and situational irony Shakespeare explores the theme of madness and conveys Hamlet is a maybe converging psychopath and also creates a ironical scene with the play. On the other hand, when Hamlet discovers Claudius’s plan to have him executed in England, he manages to switch the letters and escape the conspiracy, as follows, “kind of fighting That would not let me sleep... such bugs and goblins in my life... My head should be struck off...”.
History Repeats Itself, First As A Tragedy, Second As A Farce Titus Andronicus is believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, and has often been regarded as one of his worst plays. However, by reading this play one can grasp the motifs behind certain important characters that Shakespeare would later write about, making the play an important and influential work despite how one feels about it. If the play is looked at through a Marxist scope, it can be seen that these motifs drew from authentic qualities from the state of affairs in Shakespeare’s own life. Some of these motifs include men in power going mad, seen first in Titus Andronicus himself, though subsequently seen in characters such as King Lear and Hamlet. It is likely that this quality
A once powerful king turned blinded pariah, Oedipus is characterized by both his pride and his honorable character. Through such characterization, Sophocles heightens the emotions in the play by demonstrating how these traits contribute to the catastrophic conclusion. Sophocles deliberately depicts Oedipus as a seemingly infallible yet prideful ruler in order to augment the subsequent devastation Oedipus causes, thus realizing the vision of an Aristotelian tragedy. Aristotle identifies nobleness in character as a characteristic of a tragic hero. Oedipus personifies this criterion; he is revered as one of the most adept rulers in all of Greece.
The “Tragedy of Hamlet”, Prince of Denmark, is a tragedy written by greatest writer William Shakespeare, also the playwright of his legendary plays “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet”. In the play, there is a palpable connection between their target audience and dramatic works. A speech presented by King Claudius in Act 4, scene 5; is a perfect example of this relationship. In the speech, it showed how Claudius was trying to earn the sympathy of the audience, but instead, he gained antipathy. The modern-day audience had a completely different outcome because of present-day cultural, social, and economical perception.