With Creon being very stubborn, nobody could change his conjecture about burying Polynices; not even his own son, Haemon. Tiresias, a blind prophet, managed to make Creon change his stubborn mind and bury Polynices, but it was too late. Both, Antigone and Haemon, had already committed suicide. Antigone could not live her life suffering because of her brother, therefore she withdrew the punishment, which led to her taking her own life because she was not able to honor her brother in a proper burial. Not only did Antigone die for what she believed what right, but she sacrificed her own life for the gods’ law.
Sophocles was one of the greatest playwrights of antiquity, and this of course is not without reason. In his play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses a catastrophic tale to both teach and tell us that no matter what we do, our fate cannot be avoided. Oedipus is the wisest mortal man in Thebes, so it is up to him to find out who killed Laios, a fact unknown to him though, is that he is the murderer of the ex-king Laios. Both his hot temper and the endless pursuit of truth will lead Oedipus into a sticky situation. In order to find the killer of the old king and save his city, Oedipus will learn things about himself he wishes he never had, and in the process fulfill an old prophecy.
Hector is the hero from troy and in Greece the hero is Achilles. Hector and Achilles fit the characteristics for the epic hero and they are. Both men know that they will someday that they will die in battle. Even though they had their differences and they were enemies they were both an epic hero in their own country.
These abilities are important as a warrior because both his men and the hero reflect and are influenced by them. Some of the abilities are excellence in war, courage, leadership and fighting qualities. These qualities are seen through the heroic characters Hector and Achilles. When Achilles is not present with his men, the Greeks are well defeated by the Trojans with no motivation or support. Achilles is also described by his men as a power figure when the poem says “These were his words,/ and all Achaeans gave a roar of joy/ to hear the Prince abjure his rage.”
A well known philosopher named Aristotle composed a list of traits a tragic hero must have. This list is as follows; the character must be noble or have wisdom, have a fatal flaw, a reversal of fortune brought about because of the hero’s main error, the hero realizes that the change in their fortune was brought about by their own actions, and they must have a fate that is greater than what they really deserve. In the film Gladiator (1999), a man named Maximus faces many challenges that he has to overcome to get what he wants most, revenge. Going along with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, I agree with his
Achilles possesses godlike invincibility, however it is his weaknesses that have made him remembered in history. In mythology, it is his human traits which resonated with the values of the ancient Greeks. His grief following the death of Patroclus and his rage towards Hector allow the audience to identify with Achilles. He redeemed himself by showing respect towards his enemy and towards the gods. It is through these events, and not his victories on the battlefield, Achilles became a hero.
Later when Victor is told by his monster that he would leave to South America if Victor makes a second creation, he agrees until he selfishly destroys the second creation. “You have destroyed the work which you began... Do you dare to break your promise?” (181). Victor knew the consequences.
Thus Polyneices was condemned to the shame of not receiving burial rights, this was also an insult to the gods of Ancient Greece. Antigone did not want Polyneices to suffer when he was dead, so she was keen to
After defeating the Cyclops and heading back out into the sea he stood on his ship mocking the Cyclops. When escaping the cave he chose the wooliest ram for himself which shows selfishness. He also leads his men into their own fates. Circe had warned Odysseus about Scylla to not try and fight her even when she already has six of his men, but he did not listen to her advice and tried to fight her and lost three more of his men. Once back to Ithaca there were many suitors insulting him, his wife, son, house, and the gods and begging for Penelope’s hand in marriage.
Gilgamesh was filled with sorrow because of the death of Enkidu, but he left his own people just for their own progress. Its mission is based on selfishness and greed. Conversely, Hector left his family to fight Achilles. Andromache told Hector that Achilles had killed his father, his brother and took his mother as a slave. Hector was selfish and filled with too much pride to stay at home and not fight.
After Romeo gets banished the climax rises because now it makes everything harder for him and Juliet. Whos gonna let their daughter marry someone who killed her cousin? Because of Romeo’s banishment Juliet is forced to fake her own death so she doesn’t have to marry Paris. But Romeo didn’t know it was fake so he Killed himself and Juliet ended up killing herself as well. All because Tybalt couldn’t walk away.
Macduff does not want Macbeth to be king so he leaves scotland to create an army. Macduff 's absence makes Macbeth angry so he kills Macduff 's family and everyone in Macduff 's castle. After that Macduff 's army starts heading towards Macbeth 's castle to kill him. Lady Macbeth is going crazy because of all the killing that her husband has been doing and she has gone so crazy that she has gotten to the point where she kills herself. This is the point where Macbeth says “Life’s but a walking shadow...”
A tragic hero is somebody who is well-known and of high position with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. A tragic hero, is remarkable, however not impeccable, therefore being possible to relate to as a human being. The hero 's downfall is the result of a fatal flaw in his or her character. Their downfall is the result of free will, not of an accident or insignificant destiny. The hero 's fall is never a complete loss.
Achilles was very upfront about wanting glory from his people, he always didn’t want to help his people. Both stories tell the great deeds done by Achilles and Beowulf, proof of how they both were epic heroes. However, their cultural differences does set them apart from each other. Beowulf fulfills his role as an epic hero by protecting his people and going above that and crossing the sea and protecting the Danes
“In 399 BC, at the age of 70, Socrates was arrested and charged with neglecting the gods and corrupting the youth of Athens” (Miller 16). While he was standing on the witness stand, popular legend said Socrates remarked “If I wanted your sympathy, I could bring my wife and children with me and beg and plead with you to let me go, but I am not willing to do this because it is not what the gods want. They did want me to come and face my accuser today, then my voice would have told me this was wrong, but it did not, so I came” (Bowen and Lassen). At the beginning of the trial, many jurors were leaning toward Socrates side. It is said that he was given the chance of exile.