• Does Hamlet Have A Tragic Flaw
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    Does Hamlet Have A Tragic Flaw? Question: Does Hamlet have a tragic flaw? If so, what is it and how does it effect his surroundings and how does it effect Hamlet himself? What is the outcome of his flaw? Hamlet has a tragic flaw in his personality and behavior. His flaw is that he is overly concerned with death and tragedy. This flaw or weakness in Hamlet leads him into a world of chaotic surroundings and madness. Hamlet's flaw and his mad personality led to the death of several people, includin...
  • A Tragic Flaw Leads To A Tragic Downfall
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    A Tragic Flaw Leads to a Tragic Downfall William Shakespeare's Hamlet concerns the murder of the king of Denmark and the murdered king's son's quest for revenge. Its main character, Hamlet, possesses a fatal flaw that obstructs his desire for revenge and ultimately brings about his death. This tragic flaw makes him a tragic hero, a character who is destroyed because of a major weakness. If Hamlet did not possess this flaw his death at the end could have possibly been avoided. Hamlet's fatal flaw...
  • Beauty Love Flaw Beautiful
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    When I stop and think about the word beauty, everything else along with the idea of beauty comes into mind. Beauty is like the scene where god kisses everything of his creation, including the most disastrous that is human. Like the perfect even flow of the ocean, beauty is defined by either side of itself. Daffodils, love, and cupids would be meaningless if the other side, poison ivy, hate and witches, ceased to exist. Everything is a part of beauty that in itself contradicts for it's own existe...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • King Lear And The Fatal Flaw
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    'How central is the idea of a 'fatal flaw' in King Lear?' More than any of Shakespeare's plays, King Lear explores the concept of a fatal flaw and the terrible downfall it could lead to. It is indeed the most central idea in the play. Shakespeare shows us how one flaw in an otherwise normal person can lead to their ultimate demise. From the very inception we witness what Lear's fatal flaw is - his pride. We first see it surface when he decides to divide his Kingdom into three for his three daugh...
  • 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...
  • Ethan Frome Character Flaws
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    Ethan Frome " My Cousin Is Cheating On Me with My Maid'; is something that you would expect to see at the beginning of 'The Jerry Springer Show,' ; not in early American literature. But as I have seen in the movie 'Ethan Frome,' ; it is possible for this situation to occur in colonial America. The main characters, Ethan, Zena, and Mattie, each have major character flaws, but in this essay, I will focus on Ethan. Ethan returns to his hometown to spend time with his dying mother. He sends for his ...
  • Julius Caesar Rome Tragic Flaw
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    Julius Caesar In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the literary element of the tragic hero is evident. In general, a tragic hero must meet several important qualifications. He must come from a good background and have high social status, he must have a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall, and this flaw must be punished either by death or banishment. In this portrayal of the history of the Roman Empire, Shakespeare explores the lives of Julius Caesar and his acquaintances. Though all ...
  • Shakespeare's Two Tragedies Romeo And Juliet
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    Shakespeare's Tragedies Shakespeare's tragedies are what Shakespeare is most noted for. Tragedies are stories with tragic heroes. Tragic heroes have tragic flaw, a flaw that will lead to their own tragic ending, often times it's death. Shakespeare's tragedies include: Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and of course Romeo and Juliet. Here are a summary of his two most famous tragedies, Macbeth, and Romeo and Ju...
  • 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...
  • Things Fall Apart Tragic Hero
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    By definition, a tragic hero is someone usually of elevated status, who has a character flaw, which causes his demise. In the novel Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, the character Okonkwo is an exemplary model of a tragic hero, fitting all parts of the definition. The first requirement of a tragic hero is that he is of lofty social status. Okonkwo, although not of royalty as classical tragic heroes were, is one of the elite in the tribe. He participates at tribal meetings and even dresses as on...
  • Critical Lens Hamlet And Luther
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    In many novels, plays, and works of literature, the hero is brought falls as a result of error in judgement or some other flaw. The audience feels the appropriate emotions such as pity or fear for the hero. One work I have read that supports this statement is Hamlet by William Shakespeare in which the hero is Hamlet himself. Another character that experiences falls because of flawed judgement is Martin Luther from the drama Luther by John Osborn. In Hamlet, the main character experiences many f...
  • 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...
  • Macbeth Fatal Flaw
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    MacBeth Everyone who is mortal has at least one flaw. Some are more serious than others. For example, some people have addictions to gambling, while other people can't remember to put the milk away after they use it. After while though, a person's flaws come back to haunt them. The tragedy MacBeth is no exception to this. In it, many of the character's die. And the reason is that they have a flaw, that would eventually lead to their downfall. Not every character is deserving of his fate though....
  • Julius Caesar's And Brutus's Tragic Flaws
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    In Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare the lives of the two main characters, Julius Caesar, the leader of Rome's army and Marcus Brutus, his loyal friend, tragically end. Julius Caesar and Brutus both have flaws. These flaws are what make this play great and tragic. Caesar was a proud ambitious leader who was feared to become too powerful and be made a dictator. Brutus' flaw was as Anthony said that he was an "honorable man." These flaws make the play interesting. Julius Caesar's biggest flaw ...
  • Paper On Antigone Cron's Tragic Flaws
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    In the play Antigone one of the main charicter is the "tragic hero" Creon. To be a "tragic hero a charicter must have an inner flaw, be at the prime of his or her life, and bring about his or her own demise through their inner flaw. The charicter Creon has more than one in flaws, in fact, he has several. He is ignorance, arrogant, and stubborn. These flaw become apparent throughout the play. The most prevelant and obvious inner flaw of Creon is his stubbornness. He won't back down from his fool...
  • Personal Awareness Pointed Out The Flaw
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    Have you ever walked into a crowed room to later discover that your zipper is unzipped, or realized after a conversation that you have had food in your teeth the entire time? These are the type of accidents that happen to people everyday, and for the most part cannot be avoided. No, toilet paper stuck to your shoe is not the end of the world, but it is certainly something we would like to be informed of if possible. All a person can really do is rely on the kindness of others to point these flaw...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...