Essay on Aristotle 's Theory Of A Tragic Hero

1097 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
According to Ancient Greeks, a tragic hero is a protagonist with a fatal flaw. Because of this fatal flaw, the suffer through a downfall and it eventually leads them to their demise. Aristotle, who was a great philosopher of Ancient Greece, had a lot to say about and had a certain perspective of a tragic hero. He believed that they must have the five characteristics in order to truly be a tragic hero. The five characteristics are basically known as “Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero.” The first characteristic focuses on nobleness. The tragic hero must be born of royal birth and have certain character traits that make them wise. The second characteristic focuses on hamartia which is a fatal flaw that makes the character hubris. In other words, they must be too prideful. The third characteristic focuses on peripatetia, which is a reversal of their own fortune, caused by their main error. They must result in death. The fourth characteristic focuses on anagnorisis. The hero has to realize that their reversal of fortune was cause by their own fault. The fifth and final characteristic focuses on a fate much greater that what they really deserved. The audience must feel pity for them as well. In the film “Gladiator” (1999), a character named Maximus goes through a series of events before he is recognized as a tragic hero. He is general of Rome’s army and is asked to become leader of Rome, his family gets murdered by the son of the leader, he gets bought as a slave and is…

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