The Tragic Hero. Aristotle: "A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall."
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Aristotle: "A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall."
In Poetics, Aristotle defines the TRAGIC HERO as a noble or virtuous character who has a major flaw and for whom the audience usually feels pity, sympathy, empathy, and compassion. In other words, the hero of a tragedy experiences a change of fortune not from bad to good, but reversely from good to bad (peripeteia).
Typically of noble birth or one who is highly renowned or prosperous
A fatal or tragic flaw that leads to the characters downfall (hamartia)
The hero’s downfall is his own fault and results from free choice, but his misfortune is not wholly deserved.
Leads to increased self-awareness and self-knowledge