- Created by: Elmo
- Created on: 08-07-17 23:01
The Tragic Hero as defined by Aristotle
A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. In reading Antigone, Medea and Hamlet, look at the role of justice and/or revenge and its influence on each character's choices when analysing any "judgement error."
Aristotle said that "A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall."
An Aristotelian tragic hero must possess specific characteristics, five of which are below:
- Flaw or error of judgement (hamartia) Note the role of justice and/or revenge in the judgements
- A reversal of fortune (peripeteia) brought about because of the hero's error of judgement
- The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero's own actions (anagnorisis)
- Excessive Pride (hubris)
- The character's fate must be greater than deserved
Initially, the tragic hero should be neither better or worse morally than normal people in order to allow the…