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Tragic Hero

Tragic Hero From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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. [citation needed] Aristotelian tragic hero ...

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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...

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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...

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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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Tragic Hero – Okonkwo Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe A tragic hero is a character that performs courageous actions but develops a tragic flaw as they move on with their lives. The effects of the flaw begin to increase and the character usually makes unwise choices. It often leads to his downfall or even death. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is depicted as a tragic hero. He lived a life full of contradiction. He desired to be successful and achieve everything he wanted but he ended up committing...

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Nolan Nye Ms. Smith CP English 10 1 March 2014 Tragic Hero 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...

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Othello as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Othello, the Moor of Venice (c.1604, as reprinted in Laurence Perrine and Thomas R. Arp, Literature: Structure Sound and Sense, 6th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1993]1060-1148) is arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, tragedies in the literary history of Western civilization. This paper discusses Othello as a tragic hero and compares him to the great Aristotle's concept of what a tragic hero actually is. First, we need to understand...

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Antigone: a Tragic Hero 1

Antigone: A Tragic Hero What characteristics generate a tragic hero? Must a tragic hero possess superhuman abilities? Should he be immense in size and strength such as Hercules? According to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, a tragic hero is a good, moral, upstanding person that does not fit into society’s mold, invokes catharsis to the audience, and exhibits flaws that leads to their tragic downfall. These are the traits that a character must uphold in order to be considered as a tragic hero. In Sophocles’...

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Tragic Hero - Julius Ceasar

Tragic Hero (Argumentum Essay) Introduction In Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar", there is much death, much tragedy, and of course, a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a person of noble or influential birth, who has a moral personality. In order to be identified as a tragic hero, a character must have a hamartia, which is a fatal flaw. But as being a tragic hero is not only having a tragic flaw but also entails much more. Throughout the play a few main characters present themselves as possibilities...

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

Macbeth as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare's plays have the reputation of being among the greatest in the English language and in Western literature. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest...

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