Tragic Hero

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English 11
Fences: Is Troy Maxson a tragic hero?
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher who outlined the unique and powerful qualities of tragedy. For Aristotle, tragedy was the most refined version of poetry dealing with grand matters. Oedipus Rex and Antigone are just two examples of famous Greek tragedies. Fences by August Wilson is a contemporary play, and is certainly not considered a classic Greek tragedy, yet the main character has been called a modern-day tragic hero. After analyzing Troy Maxson’s conflicts and his character, decide how well he fits the definition of a tragic hero. -------------------------------------------------

To what extend could Troy Maxson be considered a tragic hero? -------------------------------------------------

1. Include an introduction in which you accomplish the following goals: * Engage the reader. Include a hook!
* Give general information about the play (including title and author). * Provide a clear thesis.
2. In the body of your essay,
* Analyze how well Troy Maxson fits the characteristics of a tragic hero. Honors students should select at least 3 characteristics to address. Regents students should select 2 characteristics. Refer to the summary on the back of this page. * Support your ideas with specific evidence and explanation. * Incorporate several short quotations. Integrate quotations correctly and effectively. * Analyze literary elements or techniques as you discuss aspects of the play. 3. Write a thoughtful conclusion that returns to the ideas in the thesis, but is not simply a repetition of previously stated ideas. Leave the reader with something to ponder. Consider how Greek tragedies were meant to contribute to the health of the community – consider what we can learn from Troy Maxson. 4. Include careful transitions between sentences and paragraphs and...
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