Hamartia

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  • The Truth In Shakespeare's Othello

    is then produced towards the end of the play where audience members are to ask themselves internally how they feel. The poetic imagination is supposed to show you and make you witness certain emotions and help you come out of the feeling with a better understanding of society and culture. Aristotle then states “who is not surpassing in excellence and justice, but who changes to ill fortune not through a defect and evil character, but through some hamartia.” (Poetics Part XIII). Here Aristotle is stating the tragic hero of the tragic play must develop or have a hamartia. A hamartia is a disastrous or tragic flaw of character that the hero possesses. According to James Luce “a hamartia is not a stable disposition of character, but some sort of mistake in judgement or action, a missing the mark.” (Aristotle 407). The hamartia is not the nature of the character but a misjudgment of a deed or thought. Othello is an ideal example of what a tragic play is and the main character Othello is a good example of what it means to have a hamartia. Othello has many different flaws in the play but he has tragic flaws in character such as his pride and being too selfish, his jealousy towards others, his impulsiveness in decisions that he makes and him being too trustworthy in the words of others. Othello’s pride is first shown to the audience at the very beginning of the play where Iago is describing some of the characters such as Othello and Cassio. Iago states to Roderigo “but he, loving…

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  • Tragic Hero In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

    In any tragedy the tragic hero is the protagonist through which the author gives insight on his view of the destructive flaws of humans. Ultimately the tragic hero causes his own downfall because of the flaws of his own human nature, but through the hero’s defeat, humanity is enlightened and shown to have redeeming qualities. Three main theories of the tragic hero are the Aristotelian model, the Shakespearean model, and the modern tragic hero. Each model has five defining characteristics, which…

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  • Character Analysis Of Angels In America By Tony Kushner

    must possess certain characteristics in order for him/her to be considered as such. This includes, but is not limited to, hamartia, metabasis, anagnorismos, peripeteia, and a fate that is greater than the character deserved. After careful analysis of the material, it’s evident that Louis, Prior, Harper, and Joe all share characteristics of protagonists, and Aristotelian protagonists at that. Louis is a homosexual Jewish man that is in a relationship with Prior. Louis is extremely troubled when…

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  • Oedipus Rex As A Tragic Hero

    the root of his own downfall,” and thus in order for a literary character to be deemed an Aristotelian tragic hero, they must meet certain qualifications. The first is, the tragic hero must be virtuous, in the sense that they are a noble leader and represent the monarchical values of the period in which the reign. The tragic hero must also fall victim to hamartia, described by Aristotle as “some error or frailty,” that, in turn, spurs…

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  • Creon Tragic Hero Essay

    In the play “Antigone,” by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes, is the tragic hero, according to Aristotle’s definition of what a tragic hero is in Greek drama. The hero must be highly placed and Creon is a king. They must make a mistake and must possess a fatal flaw, also known as a hamartia. Creon’s hamartia is hubris, excessive pride. They must suffer a reversal of fortune, where the hero loses everything, and must exhibit tragic recognition in which he or she takes responsibility for…

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  • Hamlet And Hamartia Essay

    Introduction Topic: A comparison of the element of Hamartia in “Agamemnon”, “Hamlet” and “ The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. Thesis Statement: The protagonists in “Agamemnon”, “Hamlet” and in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” are subjected to their downfalls as a result of hamartia (tragic errors or simple mistakes) committed by them due to their error in judgement or possessing a fundamental flaw in their characters. Mapping Scheme (Your Main Points): • Hamlet struggles with his…

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  • The Importance Of Patriotism In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark

    perfection in human nature or the eye of success. Therefore making the conflict man versus man, all the while, having man versus supernatural (God) becoming “Vitus” secondary conflict of the story. In Greek literature a tragic flaw is the beginning of a character 's downfall. In the short story, “The Birthmark”, Aylmer and Georgiana can both have tragic flaws; their responsibility toward each other is the very reason for Aylmer and Georgiana’s downfall. In Greek literature a tragic flaw refers…

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  • Antigone Vs Creon Analysis

    Antigone, the sister of Polyneices, openly defies King Creon and gives Polyneices a proper burial, justifying it by claiming she was only following the divine law of the gods. Plays like this and many others were written for the Festival of Dionysus where Greek citizens would watch the plays as a way of attaining catharsis, or the purging of emotions. In Sophocles’ tragic play Antigone, Creon is the more tragic character because he adheres to Aristotle’s poetics the most, when compared with…

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  • Three Characteristics Of Oedipus As An Aristotelian Tragic Hero

    Tragedy can strike at any moment. That is what the many insurance commercials say. If tragedy strikes, the victim is not automatically considered a tragic character though, at least not in the classic sense. Aristotle put forth a notion that a tragic hero must possess three characteristics, and Oedipus, being a person of high estate, acquainted with hamartia, and falling from his position and happiness would easily be considered an Aristotelian tragic hero. Aristotle, in his book, Poetics,…

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  • Sophocle Oedipus And Aristotle's Definition Of Tragedy

    happen in that certain situation. The aim of tragedy is to consummate its catharsis of such feelings like “Fear” and “Pain”. Aristotle mentioned that plot, characters, diction, thought, spectacle, melody are the main elements of tragedy that identifies to the kind of quality that tragedy has. An example of a play that best fits Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is the epic written by Sophocles entitled as Oedipus Rex. The play is adjudicated as a best example because the plot is well organized…

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