Most of Shakespeare's tragic heroes have some kind of tragic flaw, including Hamlet's hesitant nature and Romeo and Juliet's impatience, along with the protagonists of many classical tragedies, such as Oedipus and his ne... More »

In literature, some examples of climax are when Romeo and Juliet die in "Romeo and Juliet," and when Wilbur in "Charlotte's Web" is declared the winner at a county fair and his life is saved. Another example of climax is... More »

In Shakespeare's "Othello," Othello himself is clearly distinguished as the play's tragic hero, owing to his possession of what Aristotle termed a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw is broadly defined as a human vulnerability or... More »

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Benvolio, the consummate peacemaker, is the foil to hot-tempered Tybalt in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The first scene of the play clearly establishes Tybalt as dangerously aggressive when he becomes enraged by Benvo... More »

The most famous examples of hamartia include the actions of Hamlet in Shakespeare's play of the same name, the behavior of Oedipus in "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles and the conduct of Victor in "Frankenstein," a novel b... More »

Examples of paradoxes in "Romeo and Juliet" include when Romeo says that his eyes cannot mislead him in manners of love, and when Friar Lawrence describes the earth as nature's tomb and womb. Romeo uses another paradox w... More »

Oedipus' tragic flaw generally is considered to be pride. A great deal of debate over the nature of Oedipus' tragic flaw exists among scholars throughout history. More »