Presentation on theme: "Aristotle’s Tragic Hero. The qualities of the tragic hero: The tragic hero is of high noble stature and has greatness. The tragic hero has a tragic flaw,"— Presentation transcript:
The qualities of the tragic hero: The tragic hero is of high noble stature and has greatness. The tragic hero has a tragic flaw, usually excessive pride known as HUBRIS. The tragic hero, because of his tragic flaw, experiences a REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (a big fall). This big fall brings out feelings of pity and fear in the audience, called a CATHARSIS. The Tragic Hero experiences a moment of SELF AWARENESS--he/she REALIZES the errors of their tragic flaw and their RESPONSIBILITY for the tragic consequences of their actions.
High or noble status The tragic hero is of high birth or noble status or some other kind of greatness. This causes the audience to realize that if tragedy can happen to the great and powerful, it can happen to anyone. The fall from greatness is also much more dramatic, due to the magnitude of the change.
The Tragic Flaw The tragic flaw in the hero is some emotion or character quality that is usually good in a person’s character in measured amounts, such as pride. The flaw is in the fact that this quality is excessive in the tragic hero. Excessive pride is called HUBRIS. The tragic flaw causes the tragic hero to make critical mistakes that lead to disaster.
The Reversal of Fortune The tragic hero, due to his or her tragic flaw, experiences a REVERSAL OF FORTUNE. A reversal of fortune, also known as a big fall, is a tragic loss of everything important to the character. This loss is much more dramatic in someone famous or powerful, since it it such a great loss.
The Catharsis Because of the tragic nature of the loss of everything, the audience feels FEAR AND PITY for the tragic hero. Aristotle says that this cleansing release of the negative emotions of fear and pity is healthy, known as a CATHARSIS. The function of this catharsis in Greek Tragedy is to help the people get those negative feelings out of their system.
Realization of Error The Tragic Hero realizes that his/her tragic flaw has caused all the tragic events of the story. The Tragic Hero usually has some kind of breakdown at the realization of the reversal of fortune he/she has experienced.
Some examples of the Tragic hero Romeo and Juliet. Oedipus Come up with some modern examples of “a real life tragic hero.”
Review: The Qualities of the Tragic Hero High status or noble birth: