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Tragic Hero Cycle. The rise and fall of ancient, and not-so-ancient heroes. Tragedy. a play where the protagonist has a struggle that leads to his or her downfall. . 1. Person of Status. The High Beginning Of noble birth Person of status, respected Leaders or kings
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Tragic Hero Cycle The rise and fall of ancient, and not-so-ancient heroes.
Tragedy • a play where the protagonist has a struggle that leads to his or her downfall.
1. Person of Status • The High Beginning • Of noble birth • Person of status, respected • Leaders or kings • Wealthy, noble, virtuous • Typically male.
1.2 Audience & the Hero • Audience must be able to identify with the tragic hero, and eventually pity him. • Noble, but not “above us” • likeable • He is NOT perfect. • if he were perfect, we wouldn’t be able to relate!
2 Tragic Flaw • Flaw leads to a crisis,ultimately condemns the hero • Hubris • result of a free choice
3. Crisis • Crisis: the major event that sets off a leads to a “tragic” chain of events.
4. Tragic Chain of Events • Tension increases (much like a short story plot arc) • Protagonist is faced with a dilemma which will alter the fate of at least one central character
5. Reversal of Fortune • Reversal is devastating • Results in total destruction • Punishment is not wholly deserved—exceeds the crime
6. Self-Discovery or Self-Knowledge • Tragic hero finallyrealizes the damagehis tragic flaw hascaused • Becomes a better person for theserealizations, but still has consequences of choices
7. Catharsis • Outpouring of emotion • Audience may sympathize • A cleansing cycle
8. Tragic Ending • Death is not a requirement—it’s not Shakespeare’s tragedy! • Offstage death