Some may have reason to believe that Antigone is the worthiest tragic hero in this play, but in all actuality, Creon is. His downfall can be foreshadowed throughout the play, and one of the most significant reasons is because of his anger and aggression. Sometimes people say comments that they do not mean due to anger, but that is no excuse for Creon. He takes it to a whole new level that causes most to be afraid of him. Which in a way, leads to him believing that his decisions are right, due to no one standing up to him.
Yet, little do they know that this need to help people and discover the truth will eventually lead to the death of themselves or others. In the play “Oedipus Rex”, we witness how Oedipus is a man who is sure and confident in where and who he has come from. But as the play unfolds we see how Oedipus’ want for discovering the truth about who killed the former king leads to a detailed truth that perhaps Oedipus and the people of Thebes could have survived without unfolding it. At the beginning, we are introduced to a strong and wise man, who presents bravery and nobility towards us as readers and to the people of Thebes as he begins to discover who has murdered the former king of Thebes, Laius. We as readers know of his crimes and watch his discovery unfold.
A tragic hero is a person who is born with nobility, hero traits, a tragic flaw, and in the end made a mistake leads to his doom. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is a respected, stubborn, and narrow minded person, who has to deal with the conflicts in the village and his culture. Okonkwo is described to be a tragic hero for the things that he deals with in his village, the things he does to not become like his shameful father, and the way people portray him that ultimately lead to his downfall. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe develops Okonkwo as an tragic hero whose flaws of not wanting to be like his father, stubborn, and has narrow mindedness ultimately lead to his downfall. Okonkwo is a greatly respected person in his village, and he
“A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity” Aristotle According to Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero, a tragic hero begins his/her journey with a rise to fame, has a tragic flaw, and that tragic flaw leads to the downfall. As Achebe’s historical drama novel, Things Fall Apart, unfolds it becomes evident that the novel’s protagonist, Okonkwo is a tragic hero through three typical traits: Okonkwo’s high stature, his tragic flaw of having the fear of being a failure, and a resulting downfall Okonkwo accords with Aristotle’s theory of tragic hero because of having a high stature. Even though Okonkwo was not of noble birth, he makes way through the ranks by acquiring multiple titles through his hard work. He starts his journey by achieving fame as a strong wrestler, as, at the age of 18 “he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat”, a great wrestler who unbeatable for seven years. “He [Okonkwo] did not have the start in life which many young men usually had.
This shows that Creon is the actual tragic hero of the play and therefore he is the main protagonist. First of all I will be considering if Antigone fits the description of a tragic hero. The play was named after Antigone so before we actually watch or read the
In this case, the tragic hero of The Crucible is John Proctor, a farmer in Salem and the protagonist of the play. Because of the eventual appearance of his moral character, his superiority in the town, his possession of a tragic flaw, and his realization of his mistakes, John Proctor is a tragic hero in The Crucible. The first
According to Aristotle, one of the original creators of a tragic hero, there are a number of characteristics that define one: he must root his own demise; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment is more severe than the crime; he also must be of noble height or have a level of greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is of course a tragic hero. In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, all the characters are, in one way or another, attempting to find happiness within their lives. The characters in the novel are divided into two groups: the rich upper class and the poor lower class, aka The West and East egg, although the main characters only try to better their
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
The expression of these characters is very impactful, but the most impactful tragic hero in my opinion is Creon, because he makes the reader feel more sympathetic by having an anagnorisis, feeling ashamed of himself, and finally giving up his heart’s desire. Him having an anagnorisis is one way he is a more impactful tragic hero. It shows that he has changed from a single minded ruler to a more open minded ruler. Later in the play he has a conversation with the Chorus Leader, where he is
At the end of the play, the tragic flaw is unveiled to the tragic heroes in what is called a moment of recognition or anagnorisis. In this play “Antigone” there were two central tragic heroes, Antigone and Creon, with both similarities and differences. Antigone’s tragic flaw was relatively due to a positive quality, which is extreme loyalty to her brother in addition to another negative quality, which is being revolutionary. On the other side, Creon’s tragic flaw had a negative motive of extreme tyranny and stubbornness against the laws of nature and gods and human emotions, which caused tragic effects that could not be reversed despite his efforts at the end; consequently, Antigone and Creon’s characters meet at the point of recalcitrance. In this artistic drama, the writer delivers a significant message that utmost obstinacy and pride results in harsh punishments known as “the blows of fate” which are surely acute for anyone to