Tragedy & tragic heroes 1

January 6, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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OEDIPUS REX O The Short, Short version O


CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRAGEDY 1. courageous individuals (TRAGIC HERO)who O confront powerful forces within or outside

themselves O with dignity O in the face of failure, defeat, and even death.

2. The action of a tragedy is focused on a difficult time in the hero’s life when decisions or actions cause chaos and 3. only through the protagonist’s fall can the world of the tragedy be righted again.

TRAGEDY  Serious action  Sad (tragic) end for the hero/protagonist  Tragic Hero  Drama but in poetic language (rather than

prose (everyday sentence structure))

Tragic Hero Who is it?

QUICK WRITE O “A man cannot become a hero until he can

see the root of his own downfall.” -Aristotle What does this mean? Do you agree with it?

Tragic Hero- definition O A tragic hero is the main character in a

tragedy who makes an error in his or her actions that leads to his or her downfall (a catastrophe).


O Fall is result of a flaw

O Extraordinary-but

(tragic flaw) or misunderstanding O Encounter with failure allows hero to display greatness O Fall results in reversal of fortune


human (not a superhero) usually noble birth Mythic significance Fate of state relies on his choices Must fall

O (rich to poor; admired to

shunned, etc.)

CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRAGIC HERO (cont.) O The hero sees and understands his doom,

and that his fate was revealed by his own actions O Must have realization –HIS OWN DOING! O The hero's downfall is understood to arouse pity and horror in the reader/audience.


O Hero-physically or

spiritually wounded O often (but not always) resulting in his death O Hero-often a king or leader of men, so that his people experience his fall with him. This could

also include a leader of a family.

O The hero is faced with a

serious decision. O Through the development of the plot, a hero's mistakes, rather than his quintessential goodness or evil, lead to his tragic downfall-(can’t be perfect-real human-if can happen to him-can happen to me

CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRAGIC HERO (cont.) O tragic flaw – O often “hubris”- excessive pride-see seven deadly

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TRAGIC FLAWS O 7 Deadly sins-


O Pride (hubris)

O Specific examples of

O Envy

the 7 deadly sins O Additional examples of “flaws” O Can a Super Hero be a “tragic hero”?

O Gluttony O Lust O Anger O Sloth O Greed

Anakin Skywalker from “Star Wars: Clone Wars” O The whole time we're watching Star

Wars: Clone Wars, we know that Anakin Skywalker is destined for a horrendous end. “Skywalker” exemplifies the basic definition: the person who has everything, and then loses it all.

BRAINSTORM O As many tragic heroes as you can

identify O Literature O Movies O TV Shows O Real Life

And… O Jeff Brundle in The Fly O Madmax in the film Madmax O Wolverine in X Men O William Wallace in Braveheart

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