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 an examination of departure, test/trials and transformation of the protagonist in the written work The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, Hagar Shipley and Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Mitch Album, it is visible that both protagonists have gone through the journey that makes them a tragic hero. For the tragic hero cycle to start the protagonist must depart. In The Stone Angel Hagar is afraid of being sent off to an old age home so she runs away. This is seen when she says: “Of course. I’d almost forgotten. They’d crate me up in a car and deliver me like a parcel of old clothes to that place.” (Laurence, 185) Since Hagar has not travelled alone in a very long time she is anxious she may be caught. This is proven in the quote: “He’s not starting the bus, though. He looks at me, even after I’ve managed to sit down in the nearest seat. What is it? Will he make me go back? Are others staring?” She questions everything even though no one is looking at her curiously. (Laurence, 146) Seeing as Hagar is need of a new home she decides to live in an abandoned home: “A door’s ajar. I push it and walk in.” (Laurence, 152) Even though Hagar is frightened by the idea of living alone she still finds it thrilling to be alone, which could be a change in her: “To move to a new place- that’s the greatest excitement.” (Laurence, 153)Hagar forgets her worries and explores the abandoned home. In Tuesday’s with Morrie, Mitch starts his departure with his old professor. Mitch’s...
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