THE TRAGIC HERO

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					 THE TRAGIC HERO

According to Aristotle
TRAGEDY

 A play that ends badly for the
  protagonists
 Function: to arouse pity and fear in the in
  the audience
   Catharsis: emotional purging of negative,
    harmful, emotions
TRAGIC HERO

 Neither completely good or evil
   Thus, the person is similar to us
   Thus, we can empathize
TRAGIC HERO

 Person of high standing in society:
  usually royalty
   Because to inspire pity and fear, the hero
    must fall from tremendous good fortune to
    tremendous bad fortune
TRAGIC FLAW


 A character weakness
     Pride, ambition, cruelty, impulsiveness, etc
 Character is responsible for his/her own
  downfall
 Character’s flaw causes the downfall
 Not the plaything of the gods or destiny
TRAGIC HERO GROWTH

 Hero learns from his/her suffering
 He/she grows and changes in a
  fundamental, meaningful way
 It is not meaningless, pointless suffereing
 It leads to enlightenment
EFFECT ON AUDIENCE

 We feel pity for hero because:
   The suffering seems to outweigh the crime



 We feel fear because:
   We are smaller and less significant than the
    hero: so if they fail and suffer, what chance
    do we have?