The Tragic Hero The tragic hero is one who experiences an inner struggle because of some flaw within his character. That struggle results in the fall of the hero. Aristotle defines the tragic hero in his work titled Poetics, which expands upon the definition of a tragic hero. The short story “Medea,” written by Euripides, and the play “Hamlet,” written by Shakespeare, both present the reader with a tragic hero. “Medea” is the ideal story in which one can see the tragic hero, and this can be contrasted to “Hamlet” in order to see how Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero in Poetics presented. According to Poetics, the tragic hero in “Medea” is Jason and the tragic hero in “Hamlet” is Hamlet. Aristotle’s Poetics explains the tragic hero by describing him/her with certain characteristics. The tragic hero can be seen as a form of pathos , so the better of the two stories would be the one which a larger audience can relate to. One of the characteristics stated by Aristotle to define a tragic hero is that he is of high stature in his/her society and is also respectful of his status. “Since the objects of imitation are men in action, and these men must be either of a higher or a lower type…Tragedy as better than in actual life.” (Aristotle 52). This can be seen in “Medea” where Jason is married to the princess and is set to become prince. “Their fine love's grown sick, diseased, for Jason, leaving his own children and my mistress, is lying on a royal wedding bed. He's married the daughter of king Creon.” (Euripides). Jason is seen as a high class member of society, and being married to the princess makes him nobility. This can be compared with “Hamlet,” where the main character Hamlet is also a prince and therefore comes from nobility. “He's loved of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;” (Shakespeare). Hamlet was not only a high class member of society, but he was popular among the people. Although the similarity of nobility and
Usually when reading, tragedy and conflict is the most popular way to catch the readers eye. People are attracted to the suffering of the main character who is most of the time the hero in Greek plays. To begin with, the audience develops an emotional attachment to the hero, people fear what may occur to the hero and end up feeling sorry for him or her.
In the Theban Plays the author Sophocles uses the character of Oedipus to demonstrate the qualities of a tragic hero.….
According to Aristotle, “A tragic hero is a character who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice and depravity, but by some error or frailty…” The tragic hero has a weakness that causes them to have an inner struggle. The literature piece goes on to narrate the inner struggle the tragic hero has as well as how they overcome it. The hero goes through a cycle that helps them conquer their struggle and become a better person. Therefore, through….
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A tragic hero is a protagonist with a tragic flaw, also known as fatal flaw, which eventually leads to his demise. The concept of the tragic hero was created in ancient Greek tragedy and defined by Aristotle. Usually, the realization of fatal flaw results in catharsis or epiphany. The tragic flaw is sometimes referred to as an Achilles ' heel after the single fatal flaw of the Greek warrior Achilles. 
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In Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar", there are deaths, tragedies, and of course, a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. In order to be identified as a tragic hero, a character must have at least one fatal flaw. Throughout the play a few main characters present themselves as possibilities for being the tragic hero, like Ceasar for example, but there really is only one person….
“A hero deserves admiration due to his inherent goodness. If he succumbs to unmerited suffering, he becomes a tragic hero.”_1
In Aristotle’s own words, “a man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” This statement gives the gist of Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero. A hero must fall from grace and must be able to clearly comprehend the cause of his fall. The “fall” must take place due to an error in judgement that arises out of some flaw (hamartia)….
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….
ideal tragic hero, according to Aristotle, should be, in the first place, a man of eminence. The actions of an eminent man would be ‘serious, complete and of a certain magnitude’, as required by Aristotle. Further, the hero should not only be eminent but also basically a good man, though not absolutely virtuous. The sufferings, fall and death of an absolutely virtuous man would generate feelings of disgust rather than those of ‘terror and compassion’ which a tragic play must produce. The hero should….
1. By the definition a modern tragic hero "must be good but flawed, must be artistocratic, must be believable, and must behave consistantly." (Literature and Ourselves, 524). With that being said, I think Troy could be seen as a modern tragic hero. I believe that deep down Troy is a good man, but he is flawed in many ways Rose explains this when she said, "sometimes when he touched he bruised. And sometimes when he took me in his arms he cut." (Literature and outselves, 195). This alone explains….
be considered a tragic hero
A tragic hero is a character that holds a high position in society but is not
perfect. Aristotle discusses ideas of a tragic hero in his book of literary theory titles
Poetics. He believes that although a tragic hero is great, he or she possesses a tragic
flaw that contributes to his downfall. However, this downfall may not be pure loss,
but brings attention and awareness of the hero. According to Aristotle's description
of a tragic hero, Selena Quintanilla….
A tragic hero is one that has a major flaw and for whom the audience usually feels pity, sympathy, empathy, and compassion and is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. Arthurs Miller’s AVFTB is a pay which presents Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero. Eddie's tragic flaw is either denial or, to begin with, the feelings he had towards Catherine. The damage caused by a tragic hero's downfall usually hurts more than just him; his community and family often suffer, too. Once again….