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Tragic Heroes

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Leon Walmsley

on 15 June 2012

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Transcript of Tragic Heroes

Tragic Heroes What is tragedy? What is a hero? Conventions of a Tragic Hero Some flaw in his nature causes him to begin to fall, reaching a moment of suffering The hero sees and understands his doom, and that his fate was revealed by his own actions. The hero is physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death. Celebrity Tragic Heroes Tragic Heroes in Literature Heathcliff - Wuthering Heights Romeo Gollum - Lord of the Rings Amy Winehouse Fabio Capello Michael Jackson Anakin Skywalker - Star Wars John Marston - Red Dead Redemption Task: Create Your Own Tragic Hero Using the gingerbread-man template, in groups, create your own tragic hero. You should consider the following:

Noble/High status e.g. King, Principal, Manager etc.
Fatal Flaw - e.g. Jealousy, Obsession, Arrogance etc.
Be faced with a tough decision
Need to have a tragic downfall – may result in death Tragic Heroes in Popular Culture What is the fatal flaw of each of these celebrities? The hero starts from a high position of happiness, prosperity and success The death of a tragic hero often tells us valuable lessons (a moral) Othello - Shakespeare Tony Soprano - The Sopranos
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