Aristotle defines a tragic hero to be a man with outstanding greatness, but cursed with a tragic flaw. Tragic heroes have typically been linked to tragedies and two excellent examples of tragic heroes are: Oedipus Rex and Othello. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello is driven to his end by his irrational actions, and fate. Sophocles also presents his work Oedipus Rex to tell the pitiful story of Oedipus who was condemned by gods to a terrible fate. In both dramas, William Shakespeare and Sophocles presented tragic heroes that were led to their downfalls by the power of fate, and the consequences of their freewill actions.
His fate and disastrous downfall were caused by disobeying the gods, mainly through his tragic flaw of pride and cruelty. He is considered as the tragic hero of “Antigone” because of his ill intentions and fated decline as king of Thebes. Creon is the tragic hero of the Greek Tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, because he is important to society, has a tragic flaw, and is faces major consequences as a result of his flaw. As aforementioned, Creon is deemed a tragic hero because in the beginning of Antigone, he is important to society. Since Oedipus’s exile, and Eteocles and Polynices’ deaths, Creon, as the brother of Oedipus, was considered next in line
His corrupted fate was brought upon by Apollo, the god of prophecy who had warned him of his sinful deeds through the oracle at Delphi. During Jocasta and Oedipus’ talk of their past actions, Oedipus recounts with worry, “Apollo--never hinting what I came to hear--packs me home again, my ears ringing with some other things he blurted out; horrible disgusting things: How mating with my mother I must spawn a progeny to make men shudder, having been my father’s murderer” (44). Here Oedipus reveals to his wife, the disturbing words of Apollo describing the abhorrent outcomes of his fate, one being parricide. After hearing such awful truths of oneself, it is only natural for one to be in disbelief and act impulsively, to travel far away and attempt to escape from them. Oedipus being no different and incapable of accepting this cursed future was driven out of his home, away from who he believed to be his biological parents and unknowingly to his biological father.
It also serves as an example of an epic hero failing to return home, which is known as nostos, thus for Odysseus, the epic hero, it delivers a foil for the successful voyage back to his home, Ithaca. In contrast, in the Oresteia, the myth demonstrates an overwhelming theme of justice. Agamemnons’ death here shows the curse hunting his household from generation to generation, starting from Agamemnon’s father
In line 1459 he says, “Take me away, I beg of you, out of sight. A rash, indiscriminate fool! I murdered you, my son, against my will- you too, my wife…” This shows he is too humiliated to be seen. He also confesses that he is the reason that his son and wife are dead. This is really impactful because I felt pity for Creon.
Oedipus the King Oedipus the King, the masterpiece of Sophocles, is considered a great tragedy filled with ironies and contradictions between the characters and their personalities. Oedipus is the major character in the story who tries to find out the murderer of Laios who was the king of Thebes. By the time he struggles to solve the problem he is unaware that he is going to find out his own biological father and going to be claimed as the murderer. Actually, this is the main question in this play; how is it possible for Oedipus not to know himself? Is there a really chance that he could not be guilty and be totally innocent?
Soon Hamlet sees his father in ghost form and he tells him that he was killed “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (1.3.25). His father tells him to pretend to be ignorant and to be aloof pretending he doesn’t know what has happened. It also angers Hamlet that his mother could still be with Claudius after he killed her husband”..The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (1.3.38-9) but he knows she had a play in his death also. He pretends his actions are due to the fact that his father has died. His Sewell 1 actions are understandable because his father was killed and he is planning his revenge slowly yet surely against his uncle.
Hamlet aspires to be like Pyrrhus in the way that he is cruel to his father’s murderer and is able to avenge him quickly. Furthermore, Hamlet feels compelled by both Heaven and Hell because he feels as if his father came down asking for vengeance for his own death even though Hamlet is unable to deliver. Though Hamlet thought about killing Claudius immediately, he also thinks of the negative consequences of revenge rather than the positive ones which puts him at a standstill, “cursing like the whore he is”. As the play progresses through the plot, Hamlet experiences an epiphany after observing Fortinbras, expressing, “Why yet I live to say “this thing's to do”, / Sith
The ghost reveals to him the truth about his death, he was murdered by his own blood; his brother Claudius, who assumed the role of King. Hamlet is now on a mission to avenge his father and kill King Claudius throughout the play. Many say he was hesitant and a victim of procrastination for waiting until the end of the play to avenge his father but Hamlet is capable, he just was never presented with the perfect opportunity. There were many obstacles preventing Hamlet to accomplish this task. Hamlet was held back by his love for his mother, his emotions, and fear of
According to (Tonner. 2008), Aristotle’s definition of tragic hero is that a tragic hero is a character who is noble or man of high status, has flaw in his character and commits the crime. Upon committing the crime, the character realizes his mistakes and has tragic death at the end of the play. Similarly, in “The Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo, the main character in the play can be considered as tragic hero because he fulfills all the criteria set by Aristotle such as being a noble or high status, having a tragic flaw, commits the crime which leads to realization and at the end he has tragic death. Most of the tragic heroes are noble by birth or man of high status, but in case of Okonkwo, he was born to a lazy man and was certainly not a man of high status and noble by birth.