• Analysis Of The Death Of Cordelia In King Lear
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    Analysis of the Death of Cordelia The play subverts the genre of tragedy by offering a promise of fulfillment and yet delivering the opposite. (Epstein) As it is defined, a tragedy is a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, a moral weakness, or an inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances. Clearly, upon review of this definition, it can be accurately asserted that King Lear is a traged...
  • Caesar Cassius Brutus As Tragic Heros
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    This year in English, we have studied many different characters. We have studied the works from Ancient Greece, England, about King Arthur, and of Oedipus, just to name a few. One type of character we have studied throughout this year is the tragic hero. This character starts high, and falls low due to a tragic flaw. Throughout historical literature, a person can find these tragic heros. In the play "Julius Casar" (written by William Shakespeare) Caesar's lust for power, Cassius' jealousy, and B...
  • Shakespeare Tragic Heros Hero Flaw Desjardens
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    The name 'tragic hero', which has become synonymous with Shakespearean dramas, was developed before Hamlet, Macbeth or any of Shakespeare's well-known plays were written. The literary term was actually discovered around 330 BC by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Through his theory of catharsis, Aristotle debated that the great plays of Sophocles, Euripides, and other Greek playwrights contained tragic heroes similar to each other, which all portrayed four basic characteristics ('English ...
  • Brutus A Tragic Hero
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    Brutus, A Tragic Hero "Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." (Shakespeare 3. 2. 21-24) William Shakespeare s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, is based mainly on the assassination of Julius Caesar. Ironically Brutus, Caesar s loyal friend, who was fashioned by Cassius and the Conspirators, is the one who made the assassination happen. Artemidorus, Calpurnia, and the Soothsayer were just a few who warned Caesar of what was to come on the Ides of March (March 15), but he tur...
  • Another Antigone Creon Play Story
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    A Humorous Distillation of Antigone by Maurice Sargoff This poem is quite successful in getting the plot across to the reader. Unfortunatly, that is all he can get across because of that, 'inside every fat book is a skinny book trying to get out.' Sargoff cannot have character descriptions, themes, or any real detail in his 'skinny book' because of his. Sargoff leaves off why Polynices should not be buried and why his brother, who is not even, can. This is important to building the feelings of c...
  • Oedipus The King 2
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    Oedipus' Hamartia Aristotle once said that a hero's downfall must be a result of some tragic flaw within the character. This flaw was known as hamartia in the Greek world of Aristotle. Since Aristotle greatly admired Oedipus the King, many people believe that Oedipus must have had a prominent and complex hamartia. Discovering Oedipus' hamartia within the play is not an easy task. In fact, it is impossible to point out Oedipus' hamartia since I do not believe that he has one. Everything that he s...
  • Essay On Tragic Characters Fro
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    After examining the play, Antigone, for tragic characters, it is seen that there could be many different possibilities. One character is clearly shown to be the tragic character though, and that is Antigone. She plays this role so great because she has all of the correct characteristics of a tragic character including her tragic flaw and her downfall. A tragic character is defined as a person who suffers a downfall in the course of the play, this character also has a tragic flaw which is the eve...
  • Oedipus Rex Tragic Hero
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    Oedipus Rex, a tragic victim of fate, easily meets the criteria of the tragic hero. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero can not be extremely virtuous or evil, they must be on the middle ground. This is true of Oedipus, in the eye of the public, he is a concerned, caring individual, but he is also capable of atrocities. He does have the blood of his own father on his hands. The fact that he did not know that he was killing his own father places him in the median between virtuous and evil. A tra...
  • Willy Loman Tragic Hero
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    Willy Loman Tragic Hero, OR Misguided Fool In The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is argued weather that Willy Loman is a tragic hero. There are cases for both classifications of Willy. By definition, a tragic hero is a person born into nobility, is responsible for their own fate, endowed with a tragic flaw, and doomed to make a serious error in judgment. The tragic hero eventually falls from great esteem. They realize they have made an irreversible mistake, faces death with honor, and ...
  • Antigone Tragic Hero
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    Antigone There is still a great debate on who is, in fact, the true hero in Sophocles' Antigone. Many hold that it must be Antigone, herself; after all, the play does bear her name. But in actuality, Creon, not Antigone, is the true tragic hero. In order to determine whether of not Creon is the true tragic hero, one will first have to answer the question, "What is a tragic hero?" Aristotle, when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama, states that such a hero is neither purel...
  • Hamlet Avenge His Father
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    The phrase 'there is a hero to every story' has been heard of by almost all. But can this be true if the hero doesn't survive through the story? It all depends on the definition of hero. A person can still be classified as a hero even if they do not live to see the good that they have done or accomplished in their lifetime. This type of hero is a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a good and admirable man of high position who falls to destruction as a result of some great error he commits or some fla...
  • Tragic Flaw Macbeth Ambition Murder
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    Macbeth Final Essay Comprehending the revelations of the witches, Macbeth not only experiences a vexing psychological torment within his conscience but also transforms into an ambitiously driven man seeking the crown. As the rising action progresses through the ambiguous qualities of Macbeth, noble and ignoble, his tragic flaw, or reckless ambition, both induces frequent moral debates and clarifies his insufficiency to consciously pass judgment. After Macbeth convinces himself to repel the propo...
  • Antigone Creon A True Tragic Hero
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    A tragedy, as defined by Ms. Tozar, is "the story of a falling from a high place to a lower place by a character." In other words, a tragedy is a story of an individual who starts in a high position and descends throughout the story to end in a position that is lower than original position. The individual who makes the descent is known as the tragic hero. The tragic hero, as defined by Ms. Tozar, is "the character who falls from grace as a result of fate and / or a weakness. In the drama, Antigo...
  • Tragic Flaw Juliet Play Romeo
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    English Essay Blind love, tragic flaws, and catastrophes are all parts of an intriguing play. After many scenes of battling, falling in love, and fighting, it still cannot be decided on who the antagonist and protagonist characters are in certain plays. In the plays of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles, this mystery exist. Would the antagonist in the play Antigone, be Antigone herself, or is it the character of Creon Is Juliet the antagonist in Romeo and Juliet or...
  • Is President Bill Clinton A Tragic Character
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    Is President Bill Clinton a Tragic character A tragic character is someone who is basically good, strong, intelligent, and not a martyr. A tragic character must have good fortune and be successful. A tragic character must also possess a tragic flaw, which in an attribute that would lead to a downfall. The character must also be of great importance or in a position of greatness. The character must have a good conscience, be well liked by the people, and do a job. Bill Clinton possesses two sides...
  • Cyrano De Bergerac Tragic Flaw
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    "Aggressive: I, sir, if that nose were mine, I'd have it amputated-on the spot! Friendly: How do you drink with such a nose You ought to have a cup made specially. Descriptive: Tis a rock-a crag-a cape- A cape Say rather, a peninsula!" Cyrano de Bergerac is a heroic comedy, a play which is light and humorous and is composed of jokes, satire, and humorous performance. In this play, Cyrano humors the audience by making jokes about his own physical appearance. This play comes very close to being a ...
  • Antigone Lawyer Suit Tragic Hero
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    Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, 2500 years ago, the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus observed, "Character is destiny." Those very three words sum up the life of the woman here before you. Indeed, her character and the flaws in it, led her to a tragic fate. I am here today to prove that Antigone, who we once assumed was a tragic hero, is not what we thought her to be. Let me remind you that there are six points to Aristotle's view of a tragic hero, all of which much be satisfied in order for the c...
  • Tragic Hero John Flaw Good
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    Do you know what a tragic hero is and what the key elements for being a tragic hero are? Well there are four elements for a character to become a tragic hero: one is the character's destruction results from a tragic flaw: two the character loses everything in their destruction: third the character shows dignity and courage in the face of their destruction: and fourth the character is important and has much to lose. Here is why John Proctor is a tragic hero and here are three of the four reasons ...
  • An On Oedipus Rex
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    The Greek drama Oedipus Rex is clearly a tragedy. It definitely meets the five main criteria for a tragedy: a tragic hero of noble birth, a tragic flaw, a fall from grace, a moment of remorse, and catharsis. Oedipus Rex clearly meets the first of these five criteria. Oedipus is the son of Laius, who was king of Thebes. Even at the beginning of the story, when we are told that Oedipus is the son of Polybus, he is still of noble birth; Polybus is king of Corinth. The tragic flaw, or mistake that a...
  • Antigone Is Tragic Hero
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    Antigone is the tragic hero in Sophocles Antigone. A tragic hero is defined as a character in a tragedy that has the following qualities: superiority, downfall, tragic flaw, twist of fate, in conflict, and a self-realization of their flaw. First, in the quote, Then I beg you: kill me. (II, 954) Clearly shows Antigone s superior character; she is brave and strongly believes in what she is doing. She is not afraid to die for her beliefs and feelings. Also, Antigone is a princess and has some influ...