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The Tragic Hero. John Proctor in The Crucible. What is a tragedy?. It is a play, novel, or other narrative in which the main character comes to a sorrowful end. It depicts serious and important events. Who is Aristotle?. A Greek philosopher A student of Plato

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the tragic hero

The Tragic Hero

John Proctor in The Crucible

what is a tragedy
What is a tragedy?
  • It is a play, novel, or other narrative in which the main character comes to a sorrowful end.
  • It depicts serious and important events.
who is aristotle
Who is Aristotle?
  • A Greek philosopher
  • A student of Plato
  • Teacher to Alexander the Great
what is a tragic hero
What is a tragic hero?
  • A tragic hero is a protagonist with a fatal flaw, which eventually leads to his downfall.
  • A tragic hero is introduced as happy, powerful, and privileged, and ends up dying or suffering immensely because of his own actions or mistakes.
what are the characteristics of a tragic hero
What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
  • The tragic hero is not all good or all bad; he is a mixed character.
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What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
  • The tragic hero must have goodness (be a moral or ethical person).
what are the characteristics of a tragic hero2
What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
  • The tragic hero must be superior (such as someone with supreme or noble authority or control).
what are the characteristics of a tragic hero3
What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
  • The tragic hero must have a tragic flaw which will eventually lead to his downfall.
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What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
  • The tragic hero eventually realizes that his decisions or actions have caused his downfall, so he faces death or suffering with honor.
how does the audience react
How does the audience react?
  • The audience feels pity and fear because
    • the tragic hero’s misfortune is greater than he deserves (pity).
    • they are scared of the consequences the tragic hero experiences; this could happen to anyone (fear).