William Shakespeare 's Beowulf, Sir Gawain And The Green Knight, And Othello

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When one wants to talk about writing, a variety of tropes or motifs come to mind. When referring to early works or classic literature, one of the tropes that comes out the most is tragedy; the tragic hero trope more specifically. It seems that humans find enjoyment in writing or reading about the magnificent hero, a character that possesses incredible and noble qualities, a figure to admire. However, more often than not, said hero ends up experiencing a falling off, either disgrace or demise, sometimes product of those same great qualities for which he was honored in the first place. Defined as one whose "attributes and faculties are of a higher order than those of mortals" (Pavis 169), it can be argued that a lot of characters defined as “tragic heroes” should be not referred as actual heroes. Taking as an example different characters in classic literature, such as Beowulf form the poem “Beowulf,” Sir Gawain from “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” and Othello from “Othello,” it can be seen that only the first fits the category of hero and the other two are nothing more than characters wrongly referred as such.
Beowulf, the fearless knight and the only one among the three that was actually a hero at some point. Even before Beowulf gets properly introduced to the reader, the author refers to him by saying “he was the mightiest man on earth” (Beowulf 45), setting the stage to the heroic feats he will perform later on. One does not really know about Beowulf’s real might until…

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