Analyzing Character Traits

Tragic Hero

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What happens when a hero is imperfect? Such a hero is often referred to as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is usually a person of high standing and great ability, who has one or more character flaws (such as greed, arrogance, lust for power, etc.) that directly lead to his or her downfall. Commonly, the protagonist (main sympathetic character) of a tragedy is a tragic hero.

As your teacher explains the concept of a tragic hero, think about whether any of the people you discussed in the Opening meet this definition.

  • Brainstorm examples of tragic heroes with your classmates.
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