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Aristotle’s Tragic Hero. The qualities of the tragic hero:. The tragic hero is of high noble stature and has greatness. The tragic hero has a tragic flaw, usually excessive pride known as HUBRIS. The tragic hero, because of his tragic flaw, experiences a REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (a big fall).
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The qualities of the tragic hero: • The tragic hero is of high noble stature and has greatness. • The tragic hero has a tragic flaw, usually excessive pride known as HUBRIS. • The tragic hero, because of his tragic flaw, experiences a REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (a big fall). • This big fall brings out feelings of pity and fear in the audience, called a CATHARSIS. • The Tragic Hero experiences a moment of SELF AWARENESS--he/she REALIZES the errors of their tragic flaw and their RESPONSIBILITY for the tragic consequences of their actions.
High or noble status • The tragic hero is of high birth or noble status or some other kind of greatness. • This causes the audience to realize that if tragedy can happen to the great and powerful, it can happen to anyone. • The fall from greatness is also much more dramatic, due to the magnitude of the change.
The Tragic Flaw • The tragic flaw in the hero is some emotion or character quality that is usually good in a person’s character in measured amounts, such as pride. • The flaw is in the fact that this quality is excessive in the tragic hero. • Excessive pride is called HUBRIS. • The tragic flaw causes the tragic hero to make critical mistakes that lead to disaster.
The Reversal of Fortune • The tragic hero, due to his or her tragic flaw, experiences a REVERSAL OF FORTUNE. • A reversal of fortune, also known as a big fall, is a tragic loss of everything important to the character. • This loss is much more dramatic in someone famous or powerful, since it it such a great loss.
The Catharsis • Because of the tragic nature of the loss of everything, the audience feels FEAR AND PITY for the tragic hero. • Aristotle says that this cleansing release of the negative emotions of fear and pity is healthy, known as a CATHARSIS. • The function of this catharsis in Greek Tragedy is to help the people get those negative feelings out of their system.
Realization of Error • The Tragic Hero realizes that his/her tragic flaw has caused all the tragic events of the story. • The Tragic Hero usually has some kind of breakdown at the realization of the reversal of fortune he/she has experienced.
Some examples of the Tragic hero • Romeo and Juliet. • Oedipus • Come up with some modern examples of “a real life tragic hero.”
Review: The Qualities of the Tragic Hero • High status or noble birth: