It is often said that pride comes before a down fall, but pride must first trip over the truth The downfall of Oedipus is due to flaws in his character. Throughout the play “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles, Oedipus’s character has led him to make judgements that were not in his best interest. These flaws are pride, leading to overconfidence and having poor judgement. Oedipus character also show determination which throughout the play also became a flaw as well. The character of Oedipus is ruled by fate.
The Tragedy of Gatsby Aristotle said, “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” A tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle, must have a flaw or error of judgement, and a reversal of fortune must occur because of the hero’s error. The character’s fate is ultimately greater than deserved, and the audience recognizes that the hero was responsible for his own downfall, leading to feelings of empathy for the character (Donovan). In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby can be viewed as a tragic hero because his tendencies to lie and deceive others, as well as himself, cost him greatly in the end. Jay Gatsby’s life was built on a foundation of lies. He fabricated a history for himself that began with him changing his name.
The Greek playwright Sophocles brilliantly provided an answer to these moral mysteries in his work, Antigone: “Think: all men make mistakes,/ But a good man yields when he/ Knows his course is wrong,/ And repairs the evil: The only/ Crime is pride” (Sophocles). Understanding what Sophocles is trying to explain in this passage isn’t extremely difficult to decipher. We as humans are all bound to make mistakes. There is no other way about it. But when a good person recognises that they have made a mistake, or have done wrong, they fix
What makes a strong leader, toughness and fear or kindness and compassion? Sometimes too much kindness and humility in a leader or politician can lead to their own betrayal, and also can lead to people trespassing through their rules. But, it can also happen when a leader represents fear and toughness. This is seen in the play, Macbeth, which was written by Shakespeare, because Duncan, who was the king and a very kind and trustworthy leader, ended up being killed by Macbeth, the main character. But, Macbeth, who became a very strong and fearful leader, ended up also being killed.
Without realizing it until he had been humiliated, Pete acted in the same way in hopes of being accepted by Maybelle that Richard did to him. He seemed to believe that in acting out of unquestioning devotion, he would achieve the same from her, and when she rejected him, out of anger and disappointment, he did the same to the reflection of himself. The characterization of Richard and his change in personality, and the irony of Pete’s unhappy ending portray how people are cruel to those who exhibit their own weaknesses. This also supports the theme of “treat people how you wish to be treated” because someone on both the giving and receiving sides of the spectrum of one-sided admiration can end up in the worst predicament once they lose not only their illusion of happiness, but also the respect they had already been
In “Enemies,” he assumes that he has broken a social code by hurting Strunk badly and must therefore feel awful, so he reconciles it in a way he deems fair according to his code. Then also in “Friends,” he feels he has broken a social code by not honoring the terms of his pact with Strunk, even though Strunk is the one who waves off the pact. The when he finds out that Strunk died, he is relieved because now the terms of the pact have been honored, instead of just voided. Now in normal circumstances, this would be seen as contrary to what society would deem a normal social code of friendship. But because it is war, Jensen’s actions in breaking the social code are
Tragedy is intended to make catharsis by making the listeners sympathize with the tragic hero. The point of a tragic hero is to create feelings of pity and fear. A powerful tragedy leads to the audience mirroring the rise and fall of a tragic character. In the play Antigone by Sophecles, Antigone has some tragic flaws working against her; for instance, her loyalty to the gods, her stubbornness and pride, and her familial loyalty were the conspirators on Antigone’s life. Antigone’s stubbornness is a good trait for heroic character but, regrettably, it gets herself in a big trouble and also affects other characters as well.
Lastly, Oedipus the King serves to explain the causes of human suffering. Though Oedipus' fate is determined, the reader still feels sympathy for the tragic hero, believing that somehow he doesn't deserve what ultimately comes to him. Here, Sophocles attributes, at least partially, human suffering to the mere will of the
Readers get to watch as this character remains oblivious to his immoral actions, and faces the terrible consequences after the fact. Overall, these two main traits of Oedipus are vital to the plot of the tragedy. Oedipus had grown to be an arrogance-oriented
It is due to his hubris or hamartia , he commits a crime. He then undergoes through pain and suffering and learns a fundamental truth of life. In short , tragic hero is a person who makes error in his jugdement which leads to downfall of himself in end (Aristotle,n.a) and ends usually with death of protagonist with evocation of pity and fear among the reader. However, Okonkwo does have few traits of tragic hero. He is intermediate person as he is person who is not virtuous or bad.