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  • Sophoclean Tragic Heroes
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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...
  • Portray Creon As The Tragic Hero
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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...
  • Tragic Heroes
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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 ...
  • True Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone
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    Antigone, is the drama written by Sohpocles. There is still a great debate on who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone, Creon or Antigone. Many people believes that it must be Antigone, herself. This is because Antigone is an outstanding example of someone who did what she thought was right, while she was among fools, many hardships, and people who were discouragingly un courageous. When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother, be left to rot unburied bec...
  • Othello's Stature As A Tragic Hero
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    "Othello's stature as a tragic hero is severely compromised by the alacrity with which he turns against his wife, and by his failure to achieve any real self knowledge " To what extent do you agree? Othello's stature as a tragic hero is severely compromised by the speed and ease with which he turns against his wife, and by his failure to achieve any real self knowledge. In the Shakespearian tragedy of Othello, we witness the character of Othello fall from a position of control in Venetian societ...
  • Proctor As A Tragic Hero
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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's Tragic Flaw
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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 turn...
  • Tragic Hero In Antigone
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    Antigone In the play Antigone, the debate over who is the real tragic hero is and the controversy of Greek ideals in the Antigone continues on to this day. Who is the tragic hero in Antigone? Is it Antigone herself or is it Creon the ruler of Thebes? The belief that Antigone is, is a strong one. Still there are people who think Creon is the tragic hero. Antigone is widely thought as the tragic her. The play is named after her. In addition, she is the antagonist in it. Many people usually associa...
  • Perfect Example Of A Tragic Hero
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    Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare, Hamlet the is the classic example of a tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, Brut is falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes a hero doesn't even need to die. Making Not every play in which a Hero dies is consider...
  • Tragic Hero In Antigone
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    Antigone: Who Is The Tragic Hero? Charles Werner The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone continue on to this day. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a strong one. There are many critics who believe, however, that Creon, the Ruler of Thebes, is the true protagonist. I have made my own judgments also, based on what I have researched of this work by Sophocles. Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of th...
  • Main Tragic Hero Of Julius Caesar
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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...
  • Tragic Hero In Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
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    Julius Caesar: Tragic Hero In Julius Caesar William Shakespeare illustrates Caesar as the Tragic Hero. Greek philosopher Aristotle defines the Tragic Hero as a man of high estate, that is, a well-known, well intentioned man whose misfortune results from some error in judgment or some flaw in character (called the tragic flaw). Based on Aristotle's criteria for a Tragic Hero, Julius Caesar fits best as the Tragic Hero. William Shakespeare shows this by viewing Julius Caesar as a noble man of high...
  • Characteristic Of A 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...
  • Tragic Hero By Aristotle's Definition
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    The great poet and philosopher Aristotle was a highly intellectual man who loved to reason. One of his ideas was his structured analysis of the quintessential "tragic hero" of Greek drama. In his work Poetics he defines a tragic hero as. ".. The man who on the one hand is not pre-eminent in virtue and justice, and yet on the other hand does not fall into misfortune through vice or depravity, but falls because of some mistake; one among the number of the highly renowned and prosperous". Aristotle...
  • Chillingworth The Tragic Hero
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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 l...
  • Sophecles Drama Oedipus Rex A Perfect Tragedy
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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 ...
  • Marcus Brutus And Julius Caesar
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    Everyone is his own person, and he is entitled to his own opinion and judgment of subject in a society. It is difficult sometimes to determine who is the tragic hero of a story without reasons and proof. In William Shakespeare play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there were two characters to choose from that were fit of being the tragic hero. They are Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero must have prosperity, virtue, a great reputation, and tragic flaw. Marcus Bru...
  • Kreon's Tragic Pride
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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 human rig...
  • Tragic Hero Of The Greek Drama Antigone
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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, ...
  • True Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone
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    Antigone: The True Tragic Hero In Antigone: The True Tragic Hero In Sophocles' Antigone Antigone: The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is, has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, having a high social position,...

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