Event Title

HUBRIS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Session

Language and Culture

Description

As one of the major elements of a tragedy, the tragic hero is a very complex world in itself. Tragic hero is the protagonist of the play, who ends tragically as a result of his/her own error or mistake, which is known as Hamartia, first used by Aristotle in his Poetics. Very often, the greatest fault is the pride, or excessive pride of the hero, or according to Aristotle, Hubris, and It helps the development of the plot and the downfall of the hero; Some of the greatest examples of Hubris in English literature will be presented in this paper, like Ahab in Moby Dick, Dr. Faustus, Frankenstein, King Lear, Macbeth, Jay Gatsby, Santiago in Old Man and the Sea, etc.

These characters are adorned with the excessive pride or Hubris which takes them towards their downfall, and we see their– the suffering, losing the power, hurting others around them, etc.

As it is seen, this paper gives a reflection and an overview of how much hubris is presented in English literature and the importance it has for the development of the story. However, the most important thing is to see the self-destructive power of excessive pride, how it leads these heroes towards their downfall, and eventually to their tragic end.

Keywords:

Hubris, Pride, Literature, Tragic heroes, error.

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-47-5

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.356

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HUBRIS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

As one of the major elements of a tragedy, the tragic hero is a very complex world in itself. Tragic hero is the protagonist of the play, who ends tragically as a result of his/her own error or mistake, which is known as Hamartia, first used by Aristotle in his Poetics. Very often, the greatest fault is the pride, or excessive pride of the hero, or according to Aristotle, Hubris, and It helps the development of the plot and the downfall of the hero; Some of the greatest examples of Hubris in English literature will be presented in this paper, like Ahab in Moby Dick, Dr. Faustus, Frankenstein, King Lear, Macbeth, Jay Gatsby, Santiago in Old Man and the Sea, etc.

These characters are adorned with the excessive pride or Hubris which takes them towards their downfall, and we see their– the suffering, losing the power, hurting others around them, etc.

As it is seen, this paper gives a reflection and an overview of how much hubris is presented in English literature and the importance it has for the development of the story. However, the most important thing is to see the self-destructive power of excessive pride, how it leads these heroes towards their downfall, and eventually to their tragic end.