Essay on Aristotle 's Concept Of The Ideal Tragic Hero

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Thesis Statement

Aristotle 's concept of the ideal tragic hero in the criticism of English Literature. According to Aristotle, the tragic hero should not be a virtuous man brought from happiness to misery. Because it will shock the audience. He should not be an utter villain or an evil character because it will not arise pity and fear in the public mind. An ideal tragic hero should be an intermediate sort of person, or he should be a notable person whose misfortune is brought not by some vice but by some error in judgment or Hamartia. Hamartia arises in 3 ways. When deeds are done in ignorance or when a decision is taken hastily or careless view of a given situation or an act or a decision made in anger. According to Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal tragic hero. Aristotle had said that the tragic hero should not be a saint, but G.B. Shaw and T.S. Eliot have shown the tragedies of saints and have got acclaim.
According to Aristotle, a tragic hero, is a distinguished person occupying a high position or having a high status in life and very prosperous circumstances falling into misfortune on account of a hamartia or some defect of character. In Aristotle’s viewpoint, a tragic hero should be a good or excellent man, though not perfect. Aristotle states there 's nothing, to arouse the feelings of pity or fear in seeing an evil character pass from prosperity to misfortune.


Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, is the tale of a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle. This book is…

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