Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tragic Hero?

The Tragic Hero
A tragic hero is a character who is doomed to fail due to a vital flaw. Aristotle, who can be considered the father of tragedy, defined tragedy as: "the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself." The hero is destined to succeed in his own way, but for some reason, like the time or situation, are fated to fail.
A few other characteristics of tragic heroes are that:
    *they are born into nobility;
    *they are responsible for their own fate
    *they fall from extremely high esteem
    * they realize they have made an irreversible mistake;
    * they face death honorably

Even though they may be a fallen hero, he still wins a moral victory, and his spirit will live on forever.  In short, a tragic hero is doomed to make a serious error in judgment which will ultimately result in his downfall.
  • Do tragic heroes really exist or are they humans who are driven by their own folly?
  • Does Aristotle's definition perpetuate class, gender, and social divisions in society?
Please respond to both questions.  Provide evidence to support your claim.  Do not forget to respond to two of your peers.

Conductor of Lightning


According to the critic Northrop Fryre, “Tragic heroes are so much the highest points in their human landscapes that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, great trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass.  Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightning.” How does this quote relate to Antigone, the character?  Please use evidence from the text to support your claims.  Do not forget to respond to two of your peers.