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THE TRAGIC HERO. Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. Hmmm . . . . In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar , who is the real tragic hero? Julius Caesar? Or Brutus?. Let's review Aristotle's criteria . . . A tragic hero must be a person of HIGH STATURE
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THE TRAGIC HERO Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar
Hmmm . . . • In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, who is the real tragic hero? • Julius Caesar? • Or Brutus?
Let's review Aristotle's criteria . . . • A tragic hero must be a person of HIGH STATURE • How does Caesar fit this criteria? • And Brutus?
A tragic hero cannot be too good or too evil . . . • Caesar? • Brutus?
Aristotle's criteria, continued . . . • The tragic hero must have a TRAGIC FLAW within his character . . . • What could be Julius Caesar’s Tragic Flaw? • And Brutus?
Aristotle's criteria, continued . . . • The tragic flaw must cause the hero to experience a downfall . . . • What do you think Caesar’s downfall will be? • Brutus?
Aristotle's critera, continued . . . • After the downfall, the tragic hero must arrive at an ANAGNORISIS, which means that the hero realizes he has caused his own downfall. • WillCaesar have a moment of anagnorisis? • Brutus?
Aristotle's criteria, continued . . . • All of these events must result from a Tragic Dilemma • What was Caesar’s dilemma? • Brutus?
As we finish Shakespeare’s play, keep in mind the following criteria for a Tragic Hero, as we will discuss this further (and you will write about this topic further) when the play comes to its final catastrophe. • Also, there will be a quiz on these criteria next class period, as well as an essay based on the following topic:
In Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Calpurnia dreams that she sees a statue of Caesar, “Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts / Did run pure blood, and many lusty romans/ came smiling and did bathe their hands in it”. • In a 5 Paragraph essay, examine the 2 different interpretations of Calpurnia’s dream and explain how Calpurnia and Decius each take the same symbols and give them very different meanings. • The essay will be open book. Use specific quotes!