Tragic Hero

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Tragic Hero

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A tragic hero is a protagonist with a tragic flaw, also known as fatal flaw, which eventually leads to his demise. The concept of the tragic hero was created in ancient Greek tragedy and defined by Aristotle. Usually, the realization of fatal flaw results in catharsis or epiphany. The tragic flaw is sometimes referred to as an Achilles ' heel after the single fatal flaw of the Greek warrior Achilles. [citation needed]

Aristotelian tragic hero

In a complex Aristotelian tragedy, the hero is of noble birth and is more admirable than ordinary men. He cannot, however, be morally perfect because the best plots arise when his downfall is the inevitable consequence of some defect in
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fpr, The Crucible, also by Arthur Miller. • Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne • Edmond Dantès from Alexandre Dumas, père 's The Count of Monte Cristo • Macbeth from Shakespeare 's Macbeth • Othello from Shakespeare 's Othello • Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop [1] • John Hartigan from That Yellow Bastard • Eddie Carbone from A View from the Bridge (by Arthur Miller) • Beegs from Longmeadow High School • Rocky Balboa from Rocky • Big Boss from the Metal Gear Solid videogame series. • Gregory House from the television series House
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