Presentation on theme: "Discovering your destiny"— Presentation transcript:
1 Discovering your destiny The Tragic HeroDiscovering your destiny
2 Defined“A man cannot become a hero until he sees the root of his own downfall”– Aristotle“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”– Harvey Dent“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.”– Optimus Prime
3 Five Elements of the Tragic Hero Usually of noble birthHamartia – tragic flaw that brings about the ultimate downfallPeripeteia – reversal of fortune brought about by the tragic hero’s flawActions result in an increase of self-awareness and self-knowledgeAudience must feel pity and fear for this character
4 Other common traits Downfall due to excessive pride (hubris) Doomed from the startFate discovered through own actionsUsually a king or leader of menSuffering of the hero must have meaningAlmost always male (Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra)
5 Modern Tragic Heroes Willy Loman – Death of a Salesman Perry Smith – In Cold BloodWho else?