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The Tragic Hero

The Tragic Hero

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Published by: kathy lowe on Oct 14, 2009
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 The Tragic Hero
 
Definition:
A
tragic hero
is the main character in atragedy who makes an error in his or heractions that leads to his or her downfall
 
Characteristics of the TragicHero
 The hero discovers his fate by his own actions, not bythings happening to him.
 The hero sees and understands his doom, and that his fatewas revealed by his own actions.
 The hero's downfall as is understood by Aristotle is toarouse pity and fear.
 The hero is physically or spiritually wounded by hisexperiences, often resulting in his death.
A tragic hero is often of noble birth, or rises to noblestanding (Hamlet , Okonkwo, the main character inAchebe's novel,
Things Fall Apart 
.)
 The hero learns something from his/her mistake.
 The hero is faced with a serious decision.
 The suffering of the hero is meaningful.

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