In the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist Meursault is seen as an outcast and someone who does not fit with societies standards. He is someone who is rejected by society because of his philosophy and his way of life. Meursault is a man with a very straight and blunt personality and is not afraid to say what is on his mind. With such a strong and independent mindset, he does not allow anyone to change his view or opinion on the world. His meaning of life is much different than the masses, he is a man with no care in the world and believes that the world has no meaning or purpose.
“The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it,”(Vanna Bonta). Brother, a character from the story “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst, is a character unlike others from various stories. He is not described as a normal character and he does not find himself to be in a position of unknown power nor does he go on a great adventure. Brother recognizes the “evil” inside of himself and has sociopathic tendencies towards a family member. He shows no signs of guilt towards what he is doing to his brother until it kills him and despite all this, he is neither the hero nor the villain of the narrative.
Besides the lack of motives and his egocentricity, his failures in relationships, such as the relationship with Emilia, his parasitic lifestyle, unreliability and lack of responsibility are also proof of the fact that Iago is a psychopath. Perhaps he repressed this for a long time, but as Andrew Bradley says in his Shakespearean Tradegy: “[The play] shows us not a violent man, [...], but a thoroughly bad, cold man, who is at last tempted to let loose the forces within him, and is at once
Also, he considers relationships with other people quite worthless, including those with his mother and lover. Meursault’s apathy for his mother’s death, isolation and indifference to others, and disregard for interpersonal relationships negatively and unjustly impact his trial. Meursault is a stoic character and does not react to his mother’s death as most people would. He does not express grief or remorse and overcomes what little reaction he has very quickly. "Maman died today.
Aristotle also felt the best type of a tragic hero will fall somewhere between the two extremes - “... a person who is neither perfect in virtue and justice, nor one who falls into misfortune through vice and depravity, but rather, one who succumbs through some miscalculation.” According to Aristotle the characteristics of a tragic hero are to provoke sad emotions, such as pity or fear, from the audience. When these sad emotions are provoked from the audience, it is hoped that after seeing the tragic hero leading themselves to downfall or death it will transform the audience into good human beings. The characteristics of a tragic hero are shown through Blanche in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, showing tragic flaws. Hamartia is when a tragic flaw causes downfall for a hero. Blanche represented hamartia in many ways which can include of her compulsive lying, creating a fantasy for herself and others, drinking antisocially, and her inability to be independent.
The creature only desires friends who will show him love and affection but receives only pain and suffering. Because he never gains the love of any person he meets, his depressed demeanor is revealed through his depressing descriptions of dark and decaying nature. ****( he can only travel by dark because of rejection)*** A companion soon becomes the creature’s only desire so that maybe, his misery may end and he would feel less like a monster who scares all who behold his hideousness. His lack of
Gatsby doesn’t ever seem to really mind his lack of personal connections it was never important to him and thus he should not be held to the same standard that other people are held to. Never in Gatsby’s actions is he cruel while he can be rude and self centered he is
Antigone, a play written by Sophoclese has a classically flawed tragic hero. Creon, the king of Thebes, perfectly fits the wrole of tragic hero. His’ tragic flaws and downfalls make him the best fit for the role. His actions and consequences support the idea that he is the tragic hero, rather than Antigone, another main character. Creon, the king of Thebes, is a dignified, superior character.
The stories of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s Things fall Apart and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth may seem to have no relations with one another. However, there are a multitude of similarities and parallels between these two men. The tragic flaws of the two cause their demise. Okonkwo as well as Macbeth can be identified as tragic heroes due to both men suffering from tragic flaws; however, their similarity of being tragic heroes diverge due to both men having different motivational factors that were instilled by their experiences. In both instances the external environment along with the personalities of the characters formed their tragic flaws.
Christopher McCandless, the protagonist of the novel and film Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, is not your average guy. Driven by his minimalist ideals and hate for society, he challenged the status quo and embarked on a journey that eventually lead to his unforeseen demise. A tragic hero, defined by esteemed writer, Arthur Miller, is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on tragedy. Christopher McCandless fulfills the role of Miller’s tragic hero due to the fact that his tragic flaw of minimalism and aversion towards society had lead him to his death. In the beginning, McCandless starts his adventure by cutting himself off from all the human connections he had.