Comparative Character Analysis of Classical vs. Modern Tragic Protagonists.

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Comparative Character Analysis of Classical Vs. Modern Tragic Protagonists. A hero/ heroine is described as the principal male/ female character in a literary or dramatic work or the central figure in an event, period, or movement. The classic tragic hero was defined by Aristotle in the fourth century as, "someone who is highly renowned and prosperous" (LATWP, 639), suggesting that there is a "natural right ordering and proportion of traits within the human being that if violated, produces calamity" (LATWP, 639). The book goes on to define classical tragedy as one that "involves the inevitable destruction of a noble person by means of character flaw, usually a disproportionate measure of a specific human attribute such as pride,…show more content…
Mrs. Wright's environment where she was continuously broken down by her husband was probably a far cry from where she had imagined herself to be. Mrs. Hale repeatedly brought up how different Mrs. Wright was when she was Minnie Foster, "I wish you'd seen Minnie Foster when she wore a white dress with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang" (Glaspell, 962). Implying that this now submissive, nervous woman who was Mrs. Wright was more a product of the environment she found herself which denied her the fulfillment of being who she actually was. So, tragic heroes can either be classic, or modern. Both however, are driven by their beliefs. One is such a way that they would risk all to back up what they believe in, as in the case of

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