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Pathfinder Essay
What do you consider tragedy? According to Aristotle a tragedy is,
“An imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its katharsis of such emotions…. Every tragedy, therefore, must have six parts, which parts determine its quality–namely, Plot, Characters, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Melody.”

In the tragic novel “Pathfinder” by Orson Scoot Card; Rigg, is a young boy that has the ability to see the paths of living organisms, but is this ability a curse or gift? Rigg struggles to identify his purpose for living and challenges society. In the course of the novel, Rigg displays how he is a tragic hero with many traits like his stubbornness and arrogance; however Rigg also displays some compassion, which acknowledges Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. A modern tragic hero can be a common person who is part of something greater, and may suffer a tragic fall of some kind where catharsis may be evident, but not in a profound way. However according to Aristotle, the tragic hero should be renowned and prosperous and possesses aspects like hamartia and mistakenly bring about their own downfall, which contains intense suffering and calamity. Rigg is our tragic hero in this novel, because he is the renowned prince of Aressa Sessamo and with his hamartia, he was later dethroned by his own mother. However he leaves the palace before his mother could kill him and heads towards “the Wallfold” where no one is willing to go for it overpowers anyone with intense fear and unbearable thoughts. Every tragedy needs a plot and Aristotle emphasizes how “the plot is the “first principle,” the most important feature of tragedy.” Where “the outcome depends on a tightly constructed cause-and-effect chain...