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.
Aristotle states that a tragic hero is, “a person who must evoke a sense of pity and fear in the audience. He is considered a man of misfortune that comes to him through an error of judgment.” Notice that Aristotle uses the words he, man, and him and not she, woman, or her. This hints that the tragic hero must be a man, not a woman. A tragic hero must also have certain characteristics such as hubris, hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, nemesis, and catharsis. These all mean that the character’s tragic downfall must have a beginning, middle, and end and emanate a feeling of pity and fear in the audience.
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.
In Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the main character, Randle Patrick McMurphy, is a perfect example of a tragic hero. Throughout the novel McMurphy sets himself up to be the tragic hero by resenting Nurse Ratched’s power and defending the other patients. He can be classified as a contemporary tragic hero, but he also includes elements of Aristotle’s tragic hero. McMurphy’s rebellious nature and ultimate demise are what truly makes him as a tragic hero. A tragic hero must be fundamentally good but have a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to their downfall.
A tragic hero is defined as a literary character who makes an judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her destruction. These criterias categorize Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. Gatsby's tragic flaw lies within his inability to realize that the real and the ideal cannot coexist. His false perception of certain people of ideas lead him to his moral downfall and eventual demise. Gatsby's idealism distorts his perception of Daisy.
Christopher McCandless, the protagonist of the novel and film Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, is not your average guy. Driven by his minimalist ideals and hate for society, he challenged the status quo and embarked on a journey that eventually lead to his unforeseen demise. A tragic hero, defined by esteemed writer, Arthur Miller, is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on tragedy. Christopher McCandless fulfills the role of Miller’s tragic hero due to the fact that his tragic flaw of minimalism and aversion towards society had lead him to his death. In the beginning, McCandless starts his adventure by cutting himself off from all the human connections he had.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a protagonist in a tragedy that suffers more than they deserve. Even though they may have courage, honesty and/or integrity, the character has one flaw or mistake that inevitably causes them to suffer or die. In the play, The Crucible, John Proctor portrays the characteristics of a tragic hero. His honesty is his weakness that leads him to his death at the end of the play in which captures pity from the audience.
A tragic hero is a protagonist in a tragedy who is doomed by fate to destruction. The tragic hero displays heroic traits, but also possesses a tragic flaw that brings them down in the end. However, even though the death of the tragic hero has negative effects, the majority is for the greater good. Three main theories of the tragic hero are the Aristotelian model, the Shakespearean model, and the modern tragic hero. Each model has five defining characteristics, which are nobility, hamartia, downfall, anagnorisis, and suffering.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a character in a plot where in the plot they have a tragic downfall, or fatal flaws. An example of a Tragic Hero is the character Macbeth, from William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”. Macbeth fits the traits of a tragic hero because he has both fatal flaws and a tragic downfall. Macbeth has plenty of fatal flaws that contribute to his “Tragic Hero” character.