Essay about The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex And Blanche Dubois
1179 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
The process of losing everything one has ever loved is tragic; both literally and literary. The idea that a character caused him or herself to fall into such a desolate state is heart-wrenching. This style of storytelling has was created during the times of ancient civilization and has been around for hundreds of years. Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, was created in the 400’s B.C. and A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, was created in 1946 A.D. The two stories are tragic tales telling of the doomed fate of a tragic hero; Oedipus Rex and Blanche Dubois. Even though their stories are over fifteen thousand years apart; there are many similarities and differences between the two tragic heroes. A long time ago, a philosopher named Aristotle created three main elements that defined a tragic hero. The first element states that the story focuses on the misfortune of the main character. Such misfortune will eventually lead to the character’s death or total humiliation. The second element says that the tragic hero is usually someone of a high status in society.
“The character’s stature is important because it makes his or her fall all the more terrifying” (Meyer, 1414). The third element requires the protagonist to have a tragic flaw; that will cause him or her to fail miserably. This fateful weakness can be either a good thing (such as love or trust) or a bad thing (such as pride or greed). These three elements give a literary resemblance…