• Greek Heros Tragic Hero
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    March 17, 2002 There are often a number of characteristics that can be used to describe characters through out literature. The classic mythological hero may be described as having the tragic Greek heroic personality. The tragic Greek heroic personality contains characteristics such as excellence (ar^eye), pride (hubris), blind recklessness (ate), and disastrous retribution (nemesis). Though most mythological heroes contain these qualities, Sophocles developed his own heroic personality. The soph...
  • Creon As The Tragic Hero In Antigone
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    Sophocles Antigone is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tragedies ever written. There are many questions that somebody could ask about this work, but this one intrigues me the most: Who is the tragic hero Could it be Antigone Or could it be Creon Antigone might be the name of the tragedy, but I believe that Creon is the winning candidate. His role in the plot of this tragedy, his sensible tragic fault, and his dynamic character are the obvious reasons why I chose him as the tragic hero. Firs...
  • 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 ...
  • Tragic Hero In Antigone
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    Tragic Hero By reading Sophocles, Antigone, one may think that the name of the play should be Creon instead; this is because his tragedy is the axis of the work. It is also clear that he is a tragic character, but not the only tragic character in the play. Antigone is battling against Creon, but she is also clashing against patriarchy, the power of the state, and the rules of the society, all in good virtue. Through her actions, Antigone proves to be more of the tragic heroine than simply a trag...
  • John Proctor The Crucible
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    John Proctor: A Tragic Hero Over the years, literary devices have changed as writers continually come up with new ones. One device that is has been used many times throughout the generations is the appearance of the tragic hero. Since the days of Shakespeare, tragic heroes have been used to enhance the meaning of a literary work. Any character cannot be described as tragic hero. Several key characteristics are necessary for the tragic hero to possess in order to be characterized as such. He must...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Julius Caesar Tragic Hero
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    Julius Caesar As A Tragic Hero In Julius Caesar William Shakespeare illustrated Caesar as a tragic hero by showing that he was a noble man of high rank, by showing that he was a historical figure with a tragic flaw which lead to his downfall, and by showing that Caesar accepted his fate of death & achieved honor and respect in his death. There is a contradiction between who the main tragic hero of Julius Caesar is. Can there possibly be 2 main tragic heroes in one book? If Julius Caesar wasn't t...
  • 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...
  • Oedipus Rex Play Tragic Hero
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    At one time in our lives there is a moment when we may think that of ourselves as better than someone or something. There may also be a point in our lives when making a decision may lead to an error in judgement. In the play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, both of these characteristics can be seen in the main character. These characteristics are known as the tragic flaw. these flaws are like hubris meaning excess pride, leading to overconfidence, and hamartia meaning errors and weakness in j...
  • 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...
  • Antigone As A Tragic Hero
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    In Sophocle's Antigone, the characters show a variety of traits. However, Antigone's life of ambition, family of noble rank, and display of good mentality portray her as the tragic hero of the story. A tragic hero must include three main traits. The hero must have a tragic flaw, a family of high class or rank, and must be a basically good person. Antigone fulfills all three traits thoroughly in the mythic story of Antigone. A tragic flaw plays a very important part of a tragic hero. Tragic flaw...
  • 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...
  • Tragic Heroes Of The Scarlet Letter
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    There have been many tragic heroes throughout the history of literature, including the tragic hero of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne makes the tragic hero clearly understood. Roger Chillingworth is obviously the tragic hero in this novel. There are many facts to back up this claim. A tragic hero can be described as a man / woman who has great promise, ability, and integrity of character. This is a clear match to Chillingworth's personality. Although ...
  • Greek Tragedy Tragic Situation
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    The Greek Tragedy The tragedy was a large part of people's lives in ancient Greece. Tragedies became prominent long before Christ was born. A tragedy, or goat-song, usually were seen during festivals in ancient Greek times. Tragedies gradually increased in seriousness until they were given utmost importance. Greek tragedies began at a festival in honor of a god, there were three great tragic authors, and all tragedies include a tragic situation. Greek tragedies began at a festival in honor of D...
  • Oedipus Sophecles's Tragic Her
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    Oedipus: Sophecles Tragic Hero A perfect tragedy should imitate actions which excite pity and fear and through pity and fear effect the proper purgation of the emotions. (Aristotle, Poetics) Oedipus Rex, by Sophecles, is a true tragedy and the character of Oedipus is the archetype of the tragic hero. Moral corruption and depravity did not bring upon Oedipus misfortune. He is then pitied as a tragic character because he had no control over his future and misfortune. Oedipus was highly prosperous ...
  • Tragic Man Tragedy Sewall Character
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    The question of what defines tragedy has been an issue addressed by several different literary minds since the day of Aristotle, the first person to define tragedy. When Aristotle first defined tragedy he believed tragedy was something reserved for a person of noble stature. He said this person was eventually brought down by a tragic flaw, hence the term tragedy. Robert Silverberg agrees with Aristotle's views on tragedy, but other authors don't accept Aristotle's view so easily. Arthur Miller f...
  • 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 And Kreon Tragic Hero
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    In Antigone, both Antigone and Kreon could be considered the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. This Greek word is variously translated as? tragic flaw? or? error? or? weakness? . Kreon? s hamartia, like in many plays, is hybris? Greek for overweening pride, arrogance, or excessive confidence. Kreon? s hybris causes him to attempt to violate the laws of order or huma...
  • Antigone The Tragic Hero
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    There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone. Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon. First, take into account the timeframe in which Antigone was written. During the time of Sophocles, ...