When the two families were at the party Tybalt told his father that he was going to kill Romeo. Tybalt 's father said that Tybalt would not and Tybalt pushed his father and yelled then stormed off. [1.5.53-90] “Patience performance with willful choler meeting/Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting/ I will withdraw;but this intrusion shall/ Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.”. This proves the thesis because Tybalt gets mad when his father says that he can not kill Romeo. The king wants peace but Tybalt is blind to this peace.
In Homer’s Odyssey, the over one-hundred suitors at Odysseus’s home of Ithaca threaten to overthrow the former king they assume dead. Their violence and careless living in his home impose on Penelope and Telemachas’s safety and privacy, causing Odysseus to hurry back home. However, the suitors present an even bigger threat: they threaten to destroy and absolve Penelope and Odysseus’s marriage. Faithful Penelope, though, delays her decision by promising to make a choice of a suitor after she finishes weaving a funeral shroud for Odysseus and undoing her work every night. If Penelope had given in to the suitors, they would live under the thumb of their suitors with Odysseus barred from his own home.
He has lived his life knowing one thing, but in reality, everything is completely different: he believes he knows who his parents are, who he is, and what he is and anything that threatens his truth, is discredited. At a young age, he is called a bastard and thus leaves to go and visit an oracle for further knowledge of his past. The oracle tells him that there has been a prophecy that he, Oedipus, will murder his father and marry his mother. He immediately leaves to travel to Thebes, on the way, his way is blocked by an old man who refuses to let him cross. This results in the death of the man and all of his guards.
Homer included this piece of text to show that all heroes have to start from nothing to get to somewhere. Just as humans have to start at the bottom to work their way up as Odysseus will need to do. This gave Homer something to work off of Odysseus’ character as later he uses his weakness to achieve success. Later the passage states, “My heart beat high now at the chance of action…” This text identifies when Odysseus had the epiphany of completing his plan. With courage being the judge of what separates one from being a true hero.
Using Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy from his work, Poetics, Lear from the Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, can be shown as a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy portrays a hero or heroine as a flawed character that will succumb to an inevitable and tragic end due to their excessive pride. More specifically they
The play Antigone is about a family with some major family problems. The two main characters are mostly Antigone and Creon, who is also Antigone’s uncle. At the start of the play Creon becomes the new king and decides that Antigone’s brother Polyneices should not have a proper burial, because he rebelled against the city. This makes Antigone mad and she decides that she is going to bury Polyneices. Creon finds out that someone buried Polyneices and says that the person should be put to death, because they broke the King’s new rules.
He tells Creon that the gods will side with Antigone over him and that he needs to release her. He also predicts the death of one of his children for not honoring Antigone’s brother. Creon is shaken into realization and sends servants to cover the brother’s body and he goes to set Antigone free. Soon after, a messenger comes and tells the chorus that Haemon, Creon’s son and Antigone’s future husband, has killed himself after finding Antigone had hung herself and arguing with his father. Eurydice hears this and kills herself.
Oedipus grew up a prince in Corinth, but one day some drunk said “I am not my father’s son” (1.1,860). After this remark, Oedipus went to search for the truth. He first looked at his parents for answers, but unsatisfied with their answers, he went looking for the god Apollo. Apollo wasn’t very helpful, in fact, he brought some more frustrating news to Oedipus. “You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see- you will kill your father, the one who gave you life” (Sophocles,1.1,73-76).
The response given to Oedipus caused him to go mad and carry on like a child. Teiresias tells Oedipus that he marry his own mother and killed his father. That just threw Oedipus over the edge and started calling Teiresias crazy because he didn’t like the answer. His ego got in the way because Oedipus didn’t believe Teiresias that he was the problem. He wanted the answer that would help him, but instead he blames Teiresias.
Initially, Macbeth displays negative femininity, which then develops into negative masculinity. After the witches reveal to Macbeth that he will become king, he and Lady Macbeth create a plan to kill King Duncan. However, on Macbeth’s way to kill the king, he sees an imaginary dagger with blood on it, which causes him to start freaking out inside his head thinking, “Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives” (II.i.61). Macbeth has worked up the courage to kill the king, but he thinks the words “too cold breath gives,” meaning the more he talks, the more his courage dies. Macbeth begins to feel guilty for even imagining the murder of King Duncan when he says “heat of deeds”.
In the past prideful rulers have caused more destruction and downfall than anything. Having pride may be good, but having to much can be the downfall of man. In the play Antigone, King Creon being overyly prideful ultimately leads to the death of himself emotionally. Creon shows a couple of occasions when he has way to much pride; when Antigone and he sister are condemned to death for trying to give burial rights to their brother, but Creon has them arrested and does not care even though he is related to them. Because of that, it leads to the death of Antigone and also leaves Ismene without a family.
Macbeth’s lust for power has overtaken him, that is why he hired assassins to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Out of spite of Fleance for being heir to the throne, but it backfires on him and Fleance escapes. Macbeth then became unstable after killing his best friend; seeing the deceased ghost and speaking of things that did not make any sense. Macbeth is deranged, losing himself because of the murders he had partaken in. ”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision.
Jocasta exclaims, “You now, free yourself from these matters…” She was telling Oedipus that his curiosity was going to cause a mess. Tragic heroes always have a tragic flaw. So, Oedipus is a tragic hero because of his tragic flaw: curiosity. The interactions between Oedipus, Creon, and Jocasta advanced the story significantly. Once Oedipus found out about the killing of his father and marrying of his mother, everything goes downhill.