Pride in itself, can be seen as a positive attribute, but when it is expressed in arrogance and defiance of fate and the gods, it becomes a fatal flaw that leads to their downfall. Aristotle stated "the…
Download file to see previous pages...
both Oedipus from Oedipus the King by Sophocles and the character’s daughter Antigone from Antigone by Jean Anouilh are each protagonists driven by the passion of pride and how this largely contributes to their own downfall.
The opening actions of both tragedies illustrate this pride. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is approached by plague-stricken masses asking help from him. When he sees his people gathered around him like a god, his response to them is “What means this reek of incense everywhere, / From others, and am hither come, myself, / I Oedipus, your world-renowned king”1. Although the people of Oedipus’ day did turn to their kings to cure all societal ills, Oedipus here is taking on the persona of a god. His pride in his role is evident in the words he speaks. His last line, referring to himself as the “world-renowned king” helps to underscore that streak of pride. It is also obvious, with a touch of foreshadowing, that he is not secure in his position by his tendency to repeat his greatness. Personal experience has shown when people insist on being known by their title, they are not overly secure about its authority.
Antigone, on the other hand, enters the scene in a rage after learning that the new king, Creon, has forbidden to allow one of her brothers to be buried. She decides to go against the king’s orders, arguing that burying the dead is the right thing to do. Her pride in family makes it impossible for her to drop the issue. It is clear she’s outraged that the king would tell her what to do when she is talking to her sister at the very beginning of the play: “That’s what people say the noble Creon / has announced to you and me – I mean to me”2 . The repetition of “I mean to me” indicates she cannot believe someone else would tell her what to do, showing excessive pride in her own judgment. As her sister reminds her, women do not have any power in their culture, but Antigone does not listen. In the end, it
...Download file to see next pagesRead More
As defined, grammar involves word formation and component parts that create sentences. Globally, language is essential as it improves a broad aspect of humanity. All people should diligently work towards improving their grammar skills to become effective communicators.
Student’s Name Professor’s Name The Course Number 18 December 2011 English Literature 1st book - Maaza Mengiste: Beneath the Lion's Gaze Topic: The family In “Beneath the Lion's Gaze“ Maaza Mengiste creates a story of one family in the times of just beforeand at the beginning of the Ethiopean revolution.
However, he was engaged in many battles that led to the creation of the Roman Empire. This essay analyzes Aeneas characters in the context of the Roman Empire through a comparative study. Odysseus and Aeneas are mythical heroes who had significant following in ancient Rome and Greece.
One was sent to guide and the other considered him-self the wisest and decided to spread the truth. Over the years mankind has kept on saying ‘the truth is out there’, a simple statement which depicts that in order to get knowledge you need to search for it regardless of the era.
This research paper explains and analyses the Helena’s speech. This research paper, in addition, answers the questions related with the speaker’s subject matter of her speech.
For a prolific writer and speaker grooming and putting into consideration, the targeted audience should be the key driving aspects towards the delivery of a well organised and a life-changing speech to the audience.
In her story, Cinderella goes from a point of having been very poor and to a rich princess all due to her personal integrity. This is not however easy since she had to go through many difficulties before coming to this unexpected point. She adopts various problems by employing her kindness, humility, patience, and other virtues, which unknowingly drive her to great places in her life.
Kurosawa’s effort was to reinterpret Macbeth to the tradition of Japanese Noh theatre. The film is an anti-feudal drama, which is about a trapped individual destroyed by a rigid socio- cultural background. When one tries to
esently the manuscript of the poem is kept at the British Library after it was Robert Cotton from the Library of Henry Savile of Bank in Yorkshire (Pearl, “Introduction”).
It is found in the poem, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, that the hero i.e. Sir Gawain, has
ore capable and more successful as opposed to the reality of the works’ protagonists simply referred to as the The Narrator in Fight Club and Tertuliano Máximo Afonso in The Double is rooted in the foundations of the literary works and engages the reader into exploring the
5 Pages(1250 words)Essay
GOT A TRICKY QUESTION? RECEIVE AN ANSWER FROM STUDENTS LIKE YOU!
Let us find you another Essay on topic English literature for FREE!