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Published on March 24, 2008

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Notes for 10th grade on the qualities of a tragic hero.
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Tragic Hero Notes Mrs. Hamilton 10B Literature/Composition Spring 2007

Four Major Criteria for a Tragic Hero Is a flawed character with some goodness but suffers a downfall due to a tragic flaw. This tragic flaw is typically hubris or excessive pride carried to the point of folly. Is usually the protagonist of the play Is of noble birth and/or exhibits wisdom Suffers a reversal of fortune brought on by his tragic flaw/error in judgment.

Is a flawed character with some goodness but suffers a downfall due to a tragic flaw. This tragic flaw is typically hubris or excessive pride carried to the point of folly.

Is usually the protagonist of the play

Is of noble birth and/or exhibits wisdom

Suffers a reversal of fortune brought on by his tragic flaw/error in judgment.

Shakespeare’s Tragic Hero Suffers a significant character flaw There are moral consequences as a result of the tragic hero’s actions. The tragic hero chooses his outcome; he is not a helpless victim of fate or circumstance.

Suffers a significant character flaw

There are moral consequences as a result of the tragic hero’s actions.

The tragic hero chooses his outcome; he is not a helpless victim of fate or circumstance.

Other Qualities of the Tragic Hero He discovers his fate or outcome has been brought about his own actions. His story should arouse fear and pity from the audience. Ideally, he is a leader of men He suffers more than what we think he might deserve. The character is normally good and nearly perfect except for the tragic flaw.

He discovers his fate or outcome has been brought about his own actions.

His story should arouse fear and pity from the audience.

Ideally, he is a leader of men

He suffers more than what we think he might deserve.

The character is normally good and nearly perfect except for the tragic flaw.

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