The concept of a tragic hero can also be applied to real-life individuals. For example, Demi Lovato is a perfect example of a modern day tragic hero. Lovato starts out as someone who is common in social status but becomes noble in character. Further, Demi Lovato worked hard for her career in music, amidst all of the hate she received from others. The setting of which Demi Lovato grew up in was one of loving family members, but also one of hateful peers that didn’t respect her for who she was. When, the harsh words Lovato received overthrew the love that was there, she became swept up in the whirlwind. Therefore, her tragic flaw that ultimately leads to her suffering is her lack of self confidence when faced with opposing forces. For the modern tragic hero, the downfall occurs when her situation with bullies spiteful words started to build up inside of her until she finally can not take it anymore. For instance, Demi’s tyrants would call her “fat”, she believed them, and would soon after develop unhealthy eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and so much more in the future. After Demi Lovato had done so much self harm, Lovato undergoes recognition, a shift from ignorance about her own
Although there are many other people to choose from, Lindsay Lohan is a great example of a modern tragic hero. She grew up in the wealthy parts of the Long Island suburbs located in New York. Both her parents had very profitable jobs. Her father took over his family's business as well as being a banker, and her mother worked as an analyst. Lindsay’s tragic flaw is impulsiveness. She is irrational and makes poor decisions. While she was filming Poor Things, she was arrested for the first time for a DUI on May 26, 2007, and was required to re-enter rehab. While she was on probation, she disobeyed her officers’ rules and left the boundaries of her house. After Lindsay’s stage of rebelliousness, she pledged to the court that she would go to a rehab
The tragic hero is a literary device used to show the flaws of human nature; however this model can also pertain to real-life individuals in our society. For example, a Shakespearean tragic hero in real-life would be Robin Williams, a famous comedian who was adored by all. Essentially, nobility is distinguished by being upper class and having elevated character. In Robin Williams’ case he satisfies both specifications; as a child Williams grew up in a rich family and he obtained respect and notoriety by making others joyful . Additionally, Williams hamartia, or his fatal error that ultimately brings about his doom, lies in the depression that he struggles with his entire life.
While a literary device, tragic heroes also appear in real life. A perfect example of a real life tragic hero is Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. This modern tragic hero started life as an orphan in poverty, living in the Caribbean, but his elevated character of exceptional literary skills, wit and progressive political ideas eventually landed him a spot as one of the most influential people in the United States. Alexander Hamilton had a positive hamartia, as he refused to remain quiet about the injustices of his country, oblivious to the danger it created for him and his family. The downfall of Hamilton occurred gradually.
From Greek mythology to 21st century TV shows, the idea of what a hero is has changed. The antagonist was always patronized for his wrong doings and mishaps, the protagonist was always favored and rooted for during his journey, and the audience was always eager to find out what was going to happen next. The “hero’s journey” was consistently the traditional, saccharine, orthodox concept of the good guy embarking on a new adventure, with an objective that s/he must reach, while overcoming obstacles in order to transform her/him. Surprisingly, that all changed when we began to empathize with the bad guy during his journey. Those bad guys are not only in TV shows but also are in reality represented as celebrities.
Missoula, Montana in the 1930’s was far from similar to Classical Greece and Rome, yet similar tragic characters were woven into legend. Though he may not have had a royal entourage or battle for the crown, Paul Maclean’s life was a tragedy, though in a different way. Due to his stature, potential, tragic flaw, and recognition and acceptance of his fate, Paul Maclean was a classic tragic hero. A classic tragic hero must be exceptional in terms of abilities and social ranking.
In addition, the tragic hero’s fall is not a pure loss, and the downfall of the tragic hero does not leave the audience in a state of depression. Given the components of a tragic hero, a great example of a modern-day athlete that embodies the definition of a tragic hero is professional golfer Tiger Woods. As a professional athlete, Tiger Woods was as premier of a name as it gets. However, he would suffer a downfall that perfectly fits Aristotle’s theory. Tiger Woods, once considered to be the best golfer of all time, suffered a tragic downfall from glory which ultimately would lead him to become the tragic hero of professional sports.
After careful examination of the article, “Where I Find My Heroes” authored by Oliver Stone, it became apparent that Stone uses the rhetorical devices of examples and imagery to help convey his definition of a hero. To help portray his image of a hero, Stone provides examples of heroes all throughout his lifetime. For example, he later stated that as a child, “My heroes were always people like George Washington and General Custer and Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Men, generally, and doers” (Stone 1). Then as he talks about what he believes fits the definition of a hero now, one can see that he has mentally evolved to that of someone who should be honored for sacrifices made, not actions that led them to fame.
Ambition is a powerful motivating force. In my opinion, Miley Cyrus is a very ambitious person because she is a role model to many and has achieved many goals in life that are impossible to reach for countless people. In the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, ambition is considered desirable since it inspires people to realize their dreams. Macbeth, a general in the Scottish army learns that he will become the King of Cawdor and as a result he lets his ambition take control of him. He meets the three witches who prophesize his future and that lead him to thinking that no one should get in his way or else they will be killed. Macbeth's actions of committing a series of murders will lead to many consequences and eventually
A tragic hero is one who has achieved great success, whether it be personal, professional, or both. Through their success this person has managed to catch the attention of the public. They have a good image, a clean slate, but fail to maintain that, by an action or event that completely changes what everyone thinks of them as a person. Tiger Woods is a modern day tragic hero, because of his incredible athletic achievements in golf, he was a hero, however he failed to maintain a good reputation in the eye of the public due to him possessing egotistical and lustful characteristics.
One major example is George Washington. George Washington is known as "the father of our country". No other historical figure had a more central role during the American Revolution and the early national period. Even after his death, Washington remained the leading symbol of American nationalism. He is a hero because of his great achievements during his presidency and war despite his struggles.
A tragic hero, one who has achieved great success whether it be personal or professional. They have managed to catch the attention of the public. They have a good image, a clean slate but fails to maintain that. By an action or event that completely change what everyone thinks of them as a person. Tiger Woods is a modern day tragic hero, he became a hero through his incredible athletic achievements in golf, he failed to stay good in the eye of the public due to him possessing egotistical and lustful characteristics.
According to Arthur Miller a modern tragic hero , is an average man, who is willing to sacrifice his life to achieve one thing. Willy in "Death of a Salesman" is an example of modern tragic hero. His foolish pride and his persistence to achieve his dream, led to his tragic
“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their times comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” Tecumseh. A tragic hero is a special kind of hero with many flaws that makes a judgement that leads to their downfall. Cesar Chavez and John Proctor are both examples of tragic heroes.