Tiger Woods: The Tragic Hero Of Professional Sports

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Throughout history, there have been numerous heroes who have been celebrated and decorated because of their accomplishments. On the other hand, there are also numerous heroes who would have been decorated, but experience a downfall that tarnishes their status. This concept, the tragic hero, is a theory first pondered by Aristotle. In order to fully understand the tragic hero, it is important to first define it. According to Aristotle, the tragic hero is a character of noble stature, aligned with greatness but also flawed, experiences a downfall as a result of free choice, and does not wholly deserve their misfortune. 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. Tiger Wood’s embodiment of the tragic hero begins with this noble stature. From a young age, Tiger was known as a golfing prodigy. He began playing from the age of two, and by the time he was 12 years old, he was beating his
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