All of these qualities are important because, according to Aristotle, they are what makes a tragic hero. Although some may argue otherwise, Creon is the best fitting tragic hero of the story Antigone. In Greek tragedy, a character usually possesses a hamartia, or tragic flaw, this flaw evokes emotions such as pity and fear into the audience. Creon’s hamartia is arrogance, throughout the story is uses his power to make him seem above others. When Teiresias comes to warn Creon of the gods wrath, they get into an argument with Creon saying “Dost know at whom thou glancest, me thy lord?”(54).
This sentence really means that Romeo and Juliet’s new, young love is no longer as perfect as it once was; there is now something that has “stained it”, or has ruined how pure the love once was. Due to this act, the people of Verona banishes Romeo, a punishment more awful than all else. Romeo compares his banishment with that of death, emphasizing exactly how awful his punishment is with the metaphor, “There is no world without Verona walls / But purgatory, torture, hell itself. / Hence ‘banishèd’ is ‘banished from the world,’ / And world’s exile is death” (Shakespeare III.iii.18-21). By comparing the consequences of his actions with death, Romeo accentuates how awful his future might be.
He starts of as a honorable man which is eventually turned against him. Then the play progresses and his tragic flaws causes his downfalls of a hero. At the end of the play he is stabbed just like Caesar was which is an example of peripeteia. These are all characteristics of a tragic hero which Brutus shows in the play. His Honor, nobility, loyal patriotism, and naive manner combine to become Julius Caesar tragic
The cruelty Iago is able to incite in Othello and Roderigo reveals their deep passions and overwhelmingly trusting natures. The fact that Othello is so vulnerable and susceptible to Iago’s poisoning sheds light on his lurking insecurities about age, race and appearance, which Othello is ultimately unable to ignore. Likewise, Roderigo’s willingness to sacrifice all money and morals by Iago’s bidding reflects his naive passions and an overall lack of personal strength. In stark contrast with Othello and Roderigo, Desdemona, the primary victim of Iago’s cruelty and yet the only one who dies completely unaware of it, turns out, somewhat ironically, to be the only one whose inner self is completely unaffected by Iago. On the eve of her death, even after being horribly mistreated by Othello, she firmly upholds her values of loyalty and obedience, and her belief that no woman would ever wrong her husband.
In the distinguished play Antigone, there is argument over who the tragic hero is, Antigone, or King Creon. A tragic hero must meet certain specifications, which include having a great influence, being essentially good with good intentions, having a weakness in them that leads to their fall, they must commit great sin which leads to conflict, that their story begins in relative happiness and ends in utter disaster, and that the hero commits their actions of their own free will. In this play, I believe that Creon is the real tragic hero and that Antigone sparks the reaction to his downfall. Creon’s position as king gives him great influence over the people of Thebes, allowing him to create laws to restrain, abstain, and assist the citizens.
Consequently, a war breaks out and takes Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth is considered a tragic hero because of his excessive pride, reversal of fate when Fleance escapes, and his tragic flaw ambition. Macbeth is a tragic hero because of his excessive pride. This can be seen in Act III Scene IV when Macbeth says, “Ourself will mingle with society, And play the humble host.” This quote shows that he is prideful in himself now since he is King that he has to “mingle with society.” His thinking now is that “I am better than everyone so I should not have to host but me and my wife will host and mingle with you lower people.” Another time when this can be seen is in Act IV Scene I when the second apparition says, “Be bloody, bold,
Antigone: the Tragic Hero In Greek theatre, a play is either a comedy or a tragedy. Most often, Greek plays are tragic because the story ends with the fate of a tragic hero. A tragic hero a character whose fate, usually death, is brought about by an error in the character’s judgement. In the play Antigone, there could be two potential tragic heroes, in Greek plays, there can only be one. Antigone is the tragic hero because of her loyalty, her flaw in judgement, and her selfishness.
A tragic hero is a person of noble status who has a tragic flaw in his or her personality and suffers a fall from grace due to that tragic flaw, only to redeem a small measure of that lost nobility through self-awareness. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare, the character known as Macbeth has a variety of qualities similar to those belonging to a tragic hero. Despite the significant role that Macbeth already plays within society, he seeks out greater power that he attempts to acquire through unforgivable acts which leads to the death of many. His position in society, his ambition, and the actions he takes to gain more power as well as their consequences, qualify him as a tragic hero. In the beginning of the play,
A tragedy is normally used to describe any disaster or misfortune, but when referencing a tragic hero, authors are talking about a character who displays destructive tendencies we all have. The tragic hero ends up causing his own suffering because of basic human nature, but when the hero is defeated, humanity prospers and is shown to have redeeming qualities. Three main theories of the tragic hero are the Aristotelian model, the Shakespearean model, and the modern tragic hero. Each model has five defining characteristics, which are nobility, hamartia, downfall, antagonists, and suffering. In the Shakespearean mode of tragedy, the play Romeo and Juliet best models the tragic hero.
According to the dictionary, “A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” In Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, there are multiple instances of tragic heroes within the storyline. Despite this, the character Brutus appears to be a significant character, and tragic hero in the play. Brutus’s actions had a vast part in the play’s actual storyline, and the choices he made greatly impacted the life of other characters. Although there are many potential tragic heroes in Julius Caesar, Brutus is the greatest tragic hero because he has proved himself to be incredibly honorable, he’s shown that he cares greatly for his country, but still consistently demonstrates a tragic flaw, which eventually leads to the deaths of many other characters. In Julius Caesar, Brutus appears to me one of the most noble and honorable characters in the whole play.