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					The Tragic Hero
John Proctor in The Crucible
What is a tragedy?
 It is a play, novel, or other
  narrative in which the main
  character comes to a sorrowful
  end.
 It depicts serious and important
  events.
Who is Aristotle?
A  Greek
  philosopher
 A student of
  Plato
 Teacher to
  Alexander the
  Great
What is a tragic hero?
   A tragic hero is a protagonist with a fatal
    flaw, which eventually leads to his downfall.
   A tragic hero is introduced as happy,
    powerful, and privileged, and ends up dying
    or suffering immensely because of his own
    actions or mistakes.
What are the characteristics of a tragic
hero?

The   tragic hero
 is not all good or
 all bad; he is a
 mixed character.
What are the characteristics of a tragic
hero?
The tragic hero must
 have goodness (be a
 moral or ethical
 person).
What are the characteristics of a tragic
hero?
The tragic hero must
 be superior (such as
 someone with
 supreme or noble
 authority or control).
What are the characteristics of a tragic
hero?
The  tragic hero must
 have a tragic flaw
 which will eventually
 lead to his downfall.
What are the characteristics of a tragic
hero?
The  tragic hero eventually
 realizes that his decisions
 or actions have caused his
 downfall, so he faces
 death or suffering with
 honor.
How does the audience react?
 The audience feels pity and fear
  because
  the tragic hero’s misfortune is
   greater than he deserves (pity).
  they are scared of the
   consequences the tragic hero
   experiences; this could happen to
   anyone (fear).
Is John Proctor a tragic hero?

YOU          DECIDE!

				
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