The Tragic Hero Of William Shakespeare 's ' The King Of The Myrmidons '

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To be a tragic hero one must possess nobility, misfortune, recognition, tragic flaw, irony, and catharsis. These elements characterize the strength of a true tragic hero. Each aspect allows those to understand the meaning, the motive, and the misery each tragic hero faces. Tragic heroes overcome what most cannot, and still thrive for greatness in the mix of it all. Any hero must obtain a noble birth; must be a great warrior, must be known for his heroic acts, and must face supernatural foes or receive supernatural help.
A noble birth were not common in previous time. Everyday commoners would never become an epic hero for the reason that they did not have a noble birth. However, Achilles, Hector, Beowulf, and Hamlet were all born into royalty. Achilles, son of the Greek goddess Thetis and Peleus the king of the Myrmidons, had been considered of a noble birth for reasons that both parents had royal names. Thetis wanted her son to be an immortal comparable to herself. After Achilles birth, Thetis held him by his heel and dipped him into the water of the River Styx. This act caused him to be entirely immortal besides his heel. As Achilles matured, he became well known as the greatest Greek warrior. ( Staff, 2011) Like Achilles, Hector’s royalty stemmed from his parents who were King Priam of Troy and Queen Hecuba. Hector, a Trojan warrior, has been portrayed as a noble and honorable leader. Hector defeated the first greek warrior who step on the field. Hector proved…

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