Match Point Chris Tilton Character Analysis

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Jessica Tran
July 14th, 2015

The Chronicles of a Tragic Hero

A tragedy is defined by endeavors of human suffering that prompts the tragic hero to challenge morality. It is often associated with the downfall of the character that evokes the audience to a state of gratification. In Woody Allen’s film, Match Point, the protagonist Chris Wilton, possesses unrighteous ambitions for love, lust, and money that commence him through the path of the tragic pattern that ultimately causes him to gravitate towards erratic behaviours that impairs the lives of those around him including his own. Although the film Match Point parallels to aspects of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy, it is Shakespearian’s conclusions that prevails to define
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Chis Wilton exemplifies a figure of Shakespearean’s model of a tragic hero through the possession of his character’s flaw of selfishness that inflicts excessive conflict upon the relationships involving those around him and himself. His motive to withhold both lust and money compels him to act in manners to retain his high quality lifestyle by committing the act of infidelity. Wilton’s character embodies a man of high estate through the fundamental advantages from his marriage to Chloe Hewitt. He is introduced to Nola Rice, an American woman who immediately captivates Wilton by her admirable beauty and quickly becomes romantically involved with while Chloe is still legally declared as his wife. He carries out a lifestyle where both his economic and sexual objectives are achieved. His success is unrightfully earned as his tragic flaw of selfishness motivates him to retain both lust and love through immoral measures, selfishly ignoring the emotional consequence it will impose on the …show more content…
Corresponding to Shakespearean’s tragedy of the death of the hero, Chris suffers a psychological death as his mind will no longer revert back to normality nor experience its state of peace. Chris guilty conscience is reminded of his mistakes through the visitation from Nola’s spirit; more so devastating, he is not able to experience the joy upon the birth of his child. The pursuit of happiness is merely impossible to achieve in Chris’s circumstances, as the penalties underlying his actions does not optimize him to achieve any sense of contentment. The exercise of restoration of order is evident when the extension of their family brings an addition of their newborn child in Chris and Chloe’s life. Chris has the ability to settle his life excluded from accusations and Chloe was successfully in meeting her initial goal of conceiving a child. Although Chris’ misdemeanors were disregarded and he was not lawfully penalized for it, the mental sufferings that he will endure eternally are far more challenging to survive. Therefore, Shakespearean’s tragic pattern concludes with the downfall of a man of high estate due to his psychological death and restoration of

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