Tragic Flaws in Protagonists
An analysis of the tragic flaws of the main characters in Aeschylus' "Agamemnon", Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Calderon's "Life Is a Dream" and Moliere's "Tartuffe".
# 121928 | 1,250 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Drama and Theater (English) , Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (English) , Literature (French) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Spanish)
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This paper examines the tragic flaw in the characters of Hamlet (Shakespeare), Orgon (Moliere), Seigsmund (Calderon) and Agamemnon (Aeschylus). The paper argues that these characters are so flawed psychologically that they are unable to effectively deal with their respective realities.
From the Paper:"One way of interpreting plays such as "Agamemnon", "Hamlet", "Life Is a Dream" and "Tartuffe" focuses on understanding that the tragic mistakes of the central characters of each play reflected a particular system of political organization and its effects on both elite and naive groups. If one translates hamartia as a tragic flaw rather than tragic mistakes and if one examines key characters' personality defects, one arrives at a similar understanding of each of these plays as an..."
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