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Tragic Hero Studies A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy What is a tragic hero? Tragic Hero examples Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart Trait 1(He is born into nobility)
Quote: "His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the cat"(Achebe 3).

Trait 2 (He has great promise,ability)
Quote: "Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings. Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands"(8). Characteristics of the Shakespearean Tragic Hero 1. He must be a person of high position such as a king or a nobleman.
2. His actions will effect a wide range of individuals, due to his position.
3. He must possess a characteristic that for normal circumstances would be a virtue, but would end up being their fatal flaw.
4. Often shows promise of further greatness.
5. The Tragic Hero suffers both internally (guilty conscience) and externally (attacks, isolation). Examples of Shakespearean Tragic Heroes Hamlet Macbeth Julius Caesar This presentation will analyze the tragic hero's from Shakespearean literature and Chinua Achebe's famous book Things Fall Apart Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart Trait 3( His tragic flaw)
Quote:"Okonkwo gave her a sound beating and left her and her only daughter weeping...his anger thus satisfied...he ran madly into his room for his loaded gun and pressed the trigger... there lay the woman, very much shaken and frightened but quite unhurt"(39).

Trait 4 (His actions will involve him in choices)
Quote: "Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down (Ikemefuna). He was afraid of being thought weak" Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart Trait 5(He makes an irreversible mistake)
Quote: "The only course to Okonkwo was to flee from the clan. it was a crime against the earth goddess... the crime was of two kinds, male and female. Okonkwo had committed the female crime"(124).

Trait 6(He dies physically or spiritually)
Quote: "They came to a tree from which Okonkwo's body was dangling...it is an abomination for a man to take his own life...his body is evil, and only strangers may touch it"(207). The Tragic Hero in Macbeth Macbeth, A Scottish General and prestigious Thane of Glamis represents the Shakespearean noble hero who through his actions, will bring about his own downfall. Driven by Ambition, he is easily influenced to commit murder in order to obtain his place on the throne. He isn't at ease with the atrocities he commits, yet his ambition directs him to proceed with them. His death will come at the hand of a group led by Macduff, who set out to strip the throne from Macbeth. The Tragedy of Macbeth Differences Between Both Works 1. In contrast to Achebe's work, the tragic hero descends from the character with a well-respected heritage and of a wealthy position in society. 2. Okonkwo still controls his fate, however, upon his realization that his tribe is lost, and as a result, commits Suicide instead of acclimating to the influence of the White man. Macbeth, however, becomes deranged with thoughtless killings, and is executed by his own people. Comparing Okonkwo to Macbeth - Driven by ambition and pride, they will ultimately bring about their downfall.
- Both committed gruesome murders to establish authority --- leading to their fateful death.
-They both fight back before their deaths , meaning they don't surrender to their deaths. (Okonkwo kills a white man, Macbeth battles Macduff)
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