Discuss therole of women in the play, comparing and contrasting Portia and Calpurniaand/or comparing and contrasting their marriages to Brutus and Caesar,respectively.
Who is theprotagonist in this play? Is it Caesar, who dies well before the end but whosepower and name continue on? Or is it Brutus, the noble man who falls because ofhis tragic flaws? Should the title name Brutus, or is it fitting that it namesCaesar, or should it name both of them? Why?
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man!"
In the end, Brutus is defeated because of his tragic flaw.
However, it is possible to see Prince Hamlet as a more complex character as he can be seen as various combinations of a weak revenger, a tragic hero and a political misfit.
4.) The tragic hero has a moment of recognition.
How does Brutus qualify as a tragic hero?
BRUTUS'S PLACE IN SOCIETY
Based on the play
by William Shakespeare
Brutus, like most tragic heroes, is high-class and well known.
This in-depth analysis of tragic heroes lead Aristotle to create six criteria for a true tragic hero: He or she has to be a Noble figure of royalty and noble in character, has to be imperfect by design, has a flaw or error that is a choice, is punished excessively for this choice flaw, has to undergo a downfall that leads to a realization, and the story of this tragic hero has to make the audience reach a moment of catharsi...
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....
Similarly in Sophocles, Antigone, King Creon can be regarded as a tragic hero despite of his staged villain role; because it is his arrogance and power that destroys him.
Not only did it make a suspenseful and dramatic play that captures the attention of an audience but it also gives away to what kind of character William Shakespeare wants to create for his young tragic hero, Prince Hamlet.
It is hard to discount Antigone as a tragic hero, because in fact, the play bears her name, but from careful reading, Creon meets Aristotle's criteria exactly and fits perfectly into the role....
Analytically speaking, however, Creon does seem to more categorically fit the appellation of “Tragic Hero.” There is no doubt as to the nature of the work, that being tragedy....
Many scholars would stake claim to Antigone possessing all the necessary characteristics of a true tragic hero, but many others would argue that Creon holds many qualities as well.
In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero, one will first have to answer the question, “What is a tragic hero?” Aristotle, when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama, states that such a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely evil....
To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero.
When we examine the nature and concept of the Greek Tragedy and what it means to be a tragic character, it becomes clear that Creon is indeed the tragic hero of the play Antigone....
My mother, who knew life as a whole, used often to quote to me Goethe's lines - written by Carlyle in a book he had given her years ago, and translated by him, I fancy, also:-'Who never ate his bread in sorrow,Who never spent the midnight hoursWeeping and waiting for the morrow, -He knows you not, ye heavenly powers.'They were the lines which that noble Queen of Prussia, whom Napoleon treated with such coarse brutality, used to quote in her humiliation and exile; they were the lines my mother often quoted in the troubles of her later life.