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Aristotle’s

Tragic Hero
By Gwen Alvord

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What is a Tragic Hero?
• Someone with the potential to be
great, but is doomed to fail.
– Failure comes from a tragic flaw.
• Aristotle calls the tragic flaw of a
hero his hamartia.

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Tragic Hero Continued…
• The tragic hero has a tragic
recognition.
• Despite their fall as a hero, they
live on in a moral and spiritual
sense.

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Character
• The character must…
– posses both good and flawed
characteristics.
• please the ethical sense
• Evoke pity or fear in the audience
– Have a “tragic flaw” which is the
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Catharsis
• Originally used in terms of
medicine, and body.
• Also used in psychological
terms.
– Aristotle defined it as the
purging of the emotions or
relieving of emotional
tensions through drama, or
art.
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Catharsis’ Effect in Tragedy
• Aristotle said…
– It acts as a release of pity and fear
through a theatrical performance.
– Emotions are built up, but then
released.

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Works Cited
• JOSEPH LOSOS, & Special to the Post-
Dispatch. (2005, May 15).
Oppenheimer fit Aristotle's mold of
classic hero felled by tragic flaw :
[Five Star Lift Edition]. [review of
the ***[insert medium being
reviewed]*** ***[insert title of work
reviewed in italics]***]. St. Louis
Post - Dispatch,p. C.10.  Retrieved
February 2, 2010, from US &
Pennsylvania Newspapers.
(Document ID: 839863741).