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Transcript of Tragic Heroes
Qualities of Tragic Heroes
Usually possesses some sort of importance or high rank.
Exhibits an extraordinary talent or skill.
Displays a tragic flaw - error in judgement or defect in character - that leads to their downfall.
Faces the downfall with courage and does what's right.
By : Josh Kessler & Shaheer Khan
What are Tragic Heroes?
A usually admirable protagonist who, through inner or outer causes, has a tragic flaw that leads to his/her inevitable downfall.
Through courage and a drive to do what's right, this character usually comes back from his/her downfall and does what's right.
A few examples are Serious Black, Anakin Skywalker, and Dr. Horrible.
Anakin Skywalker was a tragic hero in the Star Wars movies. He was a hero of the Republic, got the girl, and saved his friends a number of times. His fatal flaw, however, was the fear of losing those he cared about which led to his hunger for the power to prevent that from ever happening. This ultimately turned him into the infamous Darth Vader. With all his loved ones gone, all he had left was his lust for power and control.
Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain trying to get into the Evil League of Evil, finds himself entangled in a love triangle with his arch-nemesis, Captain Hammer and a girl he knows from the laundromat, Penny. He is also known as what is called a villain protagonist. Dr. Horrible becomes blinded by love that he loses focus on what he is truly trying to achieve. He ultimately gets into the Evil League of Evil but he pays a heavy price - killing the love of his life. Although he is not really a hero, at heart he showed how he had good intentions.
Sirius Black, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, is a prime example of a tragic hero. A once misunderstood prisoner rose up from the ashes to become a huge part of the novels, Harry Potter's Godfather. He can be considered a tragic hero because he knew that he was responsible for his own fate. Also, even though he was strongly outnumbered, he willingly fought for Harry to the death. His tragic flaw can one of two things; His love for Harry, which ultimately led him to his demise or his overconfidence in himself, believing he was stronger than the death eaters.
Tragic Heroes can come from any work of fiction, whether it be a book, movie, or television show.
They can be anyone, both hero or villain. It all depends on their intentions/motives.
As Aerostotle said a tragic hero is one “who is not eminently good and just, whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.”