The term tragic hero results from the Greek term hero which means a character who not only faces hardship and misfortune but one who also demonstrates and exhibits bravery in the face of danger. Unfortunately, in the end, the tragic hero also faces a bitter downfall. Sometimes, if not always, the tragic hero is a character that can conjure sad emotions like pity, anxiety, or distress. William Shakespeare chooses his lead character, Macbeth, to represent the tragic hero in his play Macbeth. Macbeth suffers from being the tragic hero of the play where he has numerous flaws but most noticeably his uncontrolled ambition and desire for power which leads to his tragic defeat.
The final trait of a tragedy is that it has a “tragic hero”- the main character which experiences a downfall as a result of a tragic flaw. In The Crucible, John Proctor is the tragic hero. John Proctor’s fatal flaw of lust for Abigail was the initiator of numerous events that eventually led to his downfall. A tragedy must deal with tragic events, as well as a tragic or unpleasant ending. There are many bitter or unpleasant scenes, such as when John and Elizabeth Proctor are separated- although the most tragic scenes are the deaths of important characters, such as John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, and others.
W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris.
The Greek playwright Sophocles brilliantly provided an answer to these moral mysteries in his work, Antigone: “Think: all men make mistakes,/ But a good man yields when he/ Knows his course is wrong,/ And repairs the evil: The only/ Crime is pride” (Sophocles). Understanding what Sophocles is trying to explain in this passage isn’t extremely difficult to decipher. We as humans are all bound to make mistakes. There is no other way about it. But when a good person recognises that they have made a mistake, or have done wrong, they fix
As I have shown Bilbo Baggins doesn't fit the mythic hero mold of course that isn't necessary a bad thing. Every mythic hero have a flaws though in Bilbo case his flaws aren't imperfections we usually see in mythic heroes. Achilles in the Iliad was his sense of entitlement and he was pompous. Wheras Bilbo's humbleness which is a trait rarely shown in Greek and Roman mythology is what not only made him a likable character, but made him different from other mythic heroes.
Throughout many of Shakespeare’s plays and tragedies, a tragic hero shines though the story and is identified as the character who possesses a flaw that eventually leads to their defeat or death. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there has been much debate about who is the tragic hero in this play. Many people agree that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero; however, others argue it is Caius Cassius. After examining these two specific characters, a conclusion is more easily drawn. Marcus Brutus can be identified as the tragic hero of this play because he is a person that has heroic qualities such as nobility and affection; however, it is his strong love for his country and people that lead to his disastrous demise.
A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgement error that leads to his or her own death. It is a character of noble birth with heroic or almost heroic characteristics. Even though the character is considered to be great, that person is still not said to be perfect. Usually a tragic hero’s downfall is her or his own fault and is a result of their free choice. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he has all the qualities of a tragic hero from the Elizabethan
A tragic hero, according to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, demonstrates great bravery and courage in the midst of adversity. He presents himself as a good person and good leader. However, this hero experiences a downfall due to his own pride, or hubris. As a result, the hero faces nemesis, his fate due to their tragic flaw, and evokes a catharsis from the audience (). John Proctor, Arthur Miller’s main character in The Crucible, portrays these characteristics of a tragic hero.
Although the refusal of naming others gets him hanged, Proctor finally sees some goodness in himself. He says, of himself, “I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor” (Miller 1166). John Proctor is an excellent example of these three ideas regarding the tragic hero. He fits the other three points as well, but the points stated above are the most prominent. Aristotle’s ideas on tragedy have allowed readers to analyze stories differently.
Secondly, this is not a long-term solution for Odysseus or anyone seeking long-term guidance from the story. It’s a good thing Odysseus charms the King and Queen later in the book, otherwise he might be thrown out. Nevertheless, perhaps it is how bards of the day protected themselves. Book 7 of The Odyssey portrays a naive, yet authentic perspective of the real-life issue of xenophobia, but gives some depth to the problems to which even a powerful hero is