The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle of the fifth century B.B. asserts in his Poetics, that a tragic hero must be a person of fame by some flaw in character makes errors in life that lead him/her to total catastrophe. In the World many people who occupy places of high structure come to a downfall due to their errors in life. Jimi Hendrix, a 1960’s guitarist, who had a downfall in his life that changed everything. To a limited degree. Jimi Hendrix fits the definition of a tragic flaw because, he was a 1960’s R&B guitarist, however his flaw was that he ended up taking too many sleeping pills. What he was lost was that he died from taking too many sleeping pills and having too much alcohol. His flaw was limited and common in time, his downfall was that he lost everything, his life, from drugs and alcohol abuse.
Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on November 7th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. His mother was 17 year old when she had Johnny her name was Lucille Hendrix. His father, Al Hendrix, was in the military at the time of Johnny’s birth. (“Jimi Hendrix”, n.p.) Hendrix home life was nowhere near ideal. As an infant, his mother left him with family relatives. His father was in the military service in World War II when all this was happening. The family that Johnny was staying with was so poor that him and his little brother, Leon, were placed in a foster home for a brief time. (West, The African, 254) In school, Johnny painted pictures of Martian sunsets and summer afternoons on Venus. As he grew older he devoured the blues and played air guitar on a broomstick. Johnny got his very first guitar from his father. A social worker of Johnny’s dad told Al that this sort of fantasy was destructive. Johnny not knowing how to read or write music, he taught himself how to play by listening to recordings of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Chuck Berry. (West, The African, 254) In 1946, Al Hendrix decided to...
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