There is one thing embedded human society and that is blame. Blame overall is the action of putting shame on a person because they may or may not have done something incorrectly. Blame seems to be used a lot with people because they do not want to accuse themselves of the problem for the reason to not look bad in front of others, so therefore they resort to blaming others. For instants, in William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, blame seems to be an important factor because there are many people who are to at fault for Romeo and Juliet's inevitable demise. From what the story shares, there are many people at fault but I believe that the two factors to blame for Romeo and Juliet death are the Juliet parents and Romeo and Juliet’s want
Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage). The two characters are meant to balance each other out, but Iago gets too deep in Othello’s head, leaving him susceptible to lash out. Shakespeare wants to bring attention to the fact that no matter how hard one tries, the darkness creeps on eventually and wins. By this point in the play, all the character’s true colors have been shown. “Othello is forced to recognize that he lives in a tragic world, and he pays the price” which causes him to have his tragic downfall(Harbage).
If we try to understand the context in which the philosopher is writing his analysis of tragedies, we understand the idea that for instance, as he mentions that violent scenes bring about feelings which are crucial in the making of a good tragedy. Yet, as Rorty brings to light, the way a plot is narrated would differ according to its genre in order to fulfill its function. For example, a tragedy is indeed a depiction of historical events. Yet, the contrast between a historical narration and a tragedy is the way it is narrated and portrayed. The feelings of pity and fear as brought forward by the Aristotle would also depends according to the audience, since feelings are subjective.
In poetics Aristotle has praised Sophocles on many occasions for writing Oedipus Rex. He called it a great tragedy as it possessed the perfect blend of necessary elements for a dramatic performance of tragedy. Aristotle in Poetics defines tragedy as well as the six elements a great tragedy should own. He defines tragedy as an “Artistic imitation of an action that is serious, complete in itself, and of adequate magnitude”. The function of a tragedy should be to arouse emotions of pity and fear in the audience to bring out emotional relief (Catharsis).
The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a fateful plot with a tragic ending. His play follows the conventions of tragedy, implementing plot, character development,
In the play Macbeth, Macbeth is a perfect version of an Aristotelian tragic hero due to his change in nobility, ignorance, and poor judgement. Macbeth fits the definition of an Aristotelian tragic hero by his nobility turning into excessive pride due to his felonious actions, but after his fall from grace he becomes conscious of his lost virtue and he begins to regain his
W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris.
Furthermore, in Othello the author, Shakespeare, uses Othello’s and Desdemona’s death to illuminate the various consequences of love and the power of vengeance. The author develops important themes leading up to and after Othello’s death scene. The play serves to show the audience the myriad of consequences love yields. Due to Othello’s distrust in Desdemona, he believes that Desdemona “must die, else she’ll betray more men” (V.ii.6). Othello’s severe distrust towards Desdemona is largely because of Iago’s attempt to convince Othello of Desdemona’s affair with Cassio.
Macbeth: Why He is a Tragic Hero Exactly what is a tragic hero? A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, is a literary character who makes a judgement error that leads them to his/her own destruction. They have been further described as an imperfect someone who has noble status who caused their own downfall. They are also known to gather sympathy from the audiences and readers. In the story of Macbeth, the protagonist is seen to have all the characteristics of a tragic hero.
Shakespeare is alluding relationships may appear very close, although they never actually reach unconditional trust. Iago is selfish and believes so highly of himself that no one, not even his wife can share his goals. Iago created a mental blueprint to eventually result in the downfall of Othello. A major factor in doing so is gaining his truth through planned discussions leading Othello to mention, “Please, tell me what you’re thinking, what's on your mind, and give me your worst thought as bluntly as you can”(Shakespeare 167). To simply disclose the dramatic irony Iago seems to be reliable and trustworthy enough for Othello to discuss his romantic problems with Desdemona.