Presentation on theme: "So… what is a Tragic Hero anyway?"— Presentation transcript:
1So… what is a Tragic Hero anyway? Born of noble birthFatal flaw – personality and/or judgmentFate controlled by fatal flawMust suffer more than he/she deservesMust be doomed from the start, but bears no responsibility for possessing flawNoble in nature but imperfect (human)Must have discovered fate by own actionsStory should arouse fear and empathy (could happen to someoneMust be physically/spiritually wounded by experiences, often resulting in death
2Tragic Hero Background “A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” AristotleThe tragic hero is a man of noble stature. He is not an ordinary man, but a man with outstanding quality and greatness about him. His own destruction is for a greater cause or principle.
3Characteristics of a Tragic Hero as seen through Romeo
4Born of Noble Birth Typically a king or member of the royal family Someone that normal people would “look up to” or admire – has outstanding qualities
5Romeo’s Noble Birth Romeo is the only son of the House of Montague. Even Lord Capulet says that the city of Verona thinks Romeo is a virtuous youth.
6Possesses a Fatal Flaw Also called the Hamartia Traditional fatal flaw is hubris, or excessive prideFlaw ultimately leads to hero’s downfall, often death
7Romeo’s Fatal Flaw Romeo is a fool for love. He pines for Rosaline; then quickly falls for Juliet.
8Fate is controlled by flaw First enjoys privileged life (remember noble birth!)Flaw causes a reversal of fortune called the PeripeteiaUltimate fate is a downfall, often deathDownfall seems more impressive due to fall from noble position
9Romeo’s PeripeteiaRomeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona.
10Must be physically or spiritually wounded by experiences May be injured, or may suffer losses of family or fortuneWounds are not entirely deserved
11Romeo’s Fate Romeo killed Tybalt because Tybalt killed Mercutio. Romeo acted on the what the Prince’s law would have dealt to Tybalt.
12Suffers more than he deserves Downfall or death is usually seen as a waste of human potentialSuffering always has greater meaning, often related to the flaw
13Romeo SuffersRomeo’s banishment causes him pain because he cannot be with Juliet.
14Bears no responsibility for flaw, only for actions influenced by flaw Actions result in an increase of self-awareness and self-knowledgeFate is discovered by his own actions, not things happening to himDownfall is a result of free choice
15Romeo’s Choice Romeo claims to be “fortune’s fool.” He plans to take his poison.
16Imperfect or “human” despite noble nature Has outstanding quality or greatness, but audience must identify with himAre YOU perfect?Without imperfections, downfall would seem improbable or caused by fate only.
17Romeo’s ImperfectionRomeo is too rash. He falls in love too quickly, and acts too quickly to end his own life (remember--Juliet is not dead).
18Downfall arouses pity or fear Audience feels pity for hero because flaw is not his fault, so downfall seems undeservedAudience feels fear because they can identify with hero’s thoughts and actions“Wait…this could happen to me!”
19Pitiful Romeo“Never was there a story of more woe Than that of Juliet and her Romeo.”
20Tragic Hero Recap Noble Birth Hamartia (Fatal Flaw) Peripeteia (Reversal of Fortune)SufferingDownfallCatharsis (Release of Emotions)