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According to Aristotle a tragic figure is a human yet better having a misapprehension in circumspection which causes a decline from a pinnacle and claiming victory by realizing their mistakes The main characters in Medea and Hippolytus both Greek tragedies written by Euripides Oedipus a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles and Desire Under the Elms a twentieth century tragedy written by Eugene ONeil are all great examples of tragic figures Each character Medea Hippolytus Oedipus and Abbie exemplifies the definition of a tragic figure in his or her own way However all four characters possesses a strength which makes them better than the average person each character has a personal flaw or misstep that leads to their downfall and Oedipus and Abbie claim final victory where as Medea and Hippolytus do not The Strength of Medea Hippolytus Oedipus and Abbie are exhibited in numerous ways One of the strengths that all of the characters share is determination The characters share this quality because Medea was determined to get revenge on Jason Hippolytus was determined to let his father know the truth Oedipus was determined to find the killer of Lauis and Abbie was determined to own the farm Medeas and Abbies determination for selfish reasons Medea proclaims If I can find the means or devise any scheme to pay my husband for what he has done to me This quote shows how resolved Medea is to repay Jason Abbies ascertainment is used to mostly to get material entities Abbie states how she only married Cabot for a home in the following Waal-what if I did need a hum What elsed I marry a old man like him fur This reference shows how determined she was to marry just for material things Now in the case of Hippolytus and Oedipus their determination was for the good of the family or country In the tragedy Hippolytus Hippolytus pronounces to his father Nor am
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