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Tragic Hero: Cory Monteith

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Lacey Leschefsky

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Tragic Hero: Cory Monteith

Modern Tragic Hero:
Cory Monteith
Lacey Leschefsky
English 10 Honors 1A
30 October 2013
Hero is of noble birth
Moved from Calgary to Victoria at age 2 after his parents divorced. Dropped out of school at 16 after attended 16 different schools, and worked at many jobs before he notched his first professional acting roles in his early 20s.
Hero has a tragic flaw, which is often rooted in his own arrogant pride or over-confidence
In June 2011, Monteith told Parade Magazine that during his teens, he had what he characterized as a "serious" drug problem. It started at around age 13.
Tragic Hero
A great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat..
“I was 20 years old, working as a roofer and a telemarketer and driving a taxi, just barely getting by. A friend of a friend suggested I try acting. I was like, 'Why? What am I going to do? Community theater?' But I took a class, and the teacher thought that I had potential, so I moved to Vancouver and started auditioning”
Hero has a reversal of fortune (downfall) brought about by his tragic flaw.
At the age of 19, Monteith went into rehab for the first time.
March 2013, Monteith returned to rehab for treatment
On July 16, 2013, the British Columbia coroner's office released a report ion Monteith's death that concluded that he died from "mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol." The report also said that "there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident.".
Hero's actions result in an increase of self-awareness and self knowledge
“I don't want kids to think it's O.K. to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it”
Sat down and had an intervention with family and friends about drug problem
Audience has feelings of pity and fear for the character, which leads to purging of emotions
Once the news of Monteith's passing broke, there was an outpouring of grief and condolences to his friends and family. The producers of Glee released a statement, saying that "Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person."
"And that's what you missed on Glee"
Lacey Leschefsky
Mrs. Hughes
English 10 Honors 1A
30 October 2013
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