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Depiction of Tragic Heroes in Chekhov's piece,The Cherry Orchard and Sophocles' play "Oedipus the King"

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Comparison Essay The Revolutionized Depiction of Tragic Heroes in Chekhov's piece, The Cherry Orchard and Sophocles' play "Oedipus the King" The Aristotelian term "tragic hero" is most commonly defined in Aristotle's piece The Poetics as being an individual that is of noble blood and neither worse nor better morally than most people. Further more, Aristotelian views state that tragic heroes are accompanied by tragic flaws that eventually induce that character's demise. Chekhov's piece, The Cherry Orchard and Sophocles' play "Oedipus the King," are prime examples within the literary world in which the reader is given a nearly revolutionized depiction of the Aristotelian "tragic hero," changing the manner in which the reader views this dated Aristotelian concept. Essentially, each of these pieces redefines what it really means to be a tragic hero. These differing attributes of the "tragic heroes" in each of the pieces are revealed through each character's reactions to certain life changing occurrences, dialogue, goals, and the actions they fail to carry out. ...read more.


Although some defensive behavior could be sensibly expected after the declaration of such a notion, however, Oedipus ventures far beyond any feasibly common response to such a statement. Furthermore, when Creon suggests the same idea, he threatens to banish him. The overzealous punishments that Oedipus uses to threaten those that jeopardize or taint his image and reputation in the society over which he reins reveals the great extent to which he feels he must sustain his status and standing within the community. A traditional "tragic hero" in the Aristotelian sense strives toward justice or riotousness from that individual's perspective; they do not strive toward solely self-preservation. This novel notion that the "tragic hero" of a piece could be an selfish individual not determined to accomplish public justice, but a inner-justice instead brings an incredibly unique perspective of the concept. Lyubov's character in Chekhov's piece The Cherry Orchard is another depiction of a novel perspective of the "tragic hero." ...read more.


Oedipus was of course alike the commonly portrayed "tragic hero" in that Oedipus's determination to maintain his reputation as a result of the pressures coupled with his stature in society led to his inability to become a passable tragic hero in that his blind aggression induces his fighting spirit for all the worn reasons. A tragic hero yearns to prove his fate untrue simply to rebuke fate itself, but Oedipus rebelled against fate with hopes of maintaining his reputation as an honorable king and other emotion reasons. In addition, Lyubov does represent a "tragic hero" in that her character depicts the journey of a fallen leader, and her demise at the end of the piece is an ironic consequence of the tragic flaw she possesses. On the contrary, her character completely reconfigures the position of a true tragic hero in that it shows Lyubov as a tragic hero that does nothing to fight her fate and nothing to alter the progression of her demise. ...read more.

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