The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. It is beneficial for students to understand why is considered so important. One reason is that it contains a tragic hero. This is a protagonist, typically of noble birth, destined for doom. In this play, Romeo clearly fits this description. The famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle, was the first to record the principle attributes of a tragic hero.
|ATTRIBUTE||DESCRIPTION||Example from Romeo and Juliet|
|Hamartia||Flaw in the Character||Romeo's flaw is his impulsive nature. He quickly falls in love and gets in fights.|
|Hubris||Excessive Pride||In his pride, Romeo forces Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet.|
|Peripeteia||Reversal of Fortune||Romeo kills Tybalt, and is banished from Verona.|
|Anagnorisis||A Moment of Critical Discovery||"Romeo, I just heard that Juliet of Verona is dead!"|
|Nemesis||Fate that Cannot be Avoided||The false poison that causes Juliet to appear dead, and the real poison that Romeo drinks to kill himself.|
|Catharsis||Audience's Feeling of Pity or Fear After the Hero's Fall||The lovers' deaths end the fighting. The families reconcile to the loss of those they love.|
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Create a storyboard that shows how Romeo can be considered a tragic hero.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Tragic HeroCommon Core Standards
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Tragic Hero Characteristics
The six tragic hero characteristics are correctly identified and portrayed from the story. The explanation provided explains how the scenes depict each characteristic, and shows effective analysis.
Four or five tragic hero characteristics are correctly identified and portrayed from the story, or some of the elements may not be identified correctly. The explanations give context to the scene, but may be minimal, and there is some attempt at analysis.
Two or three tragic hero characteristics are correctly identified and portrayed from the story, or most of the elements are inaccurately depicted. The quotes and/or explanations are too minimal.
One or fewer tragic hero characteristics are correctly identified and portrayed from the story, or most of the elements are inaccurately depicted. The quotes and/or explanations are minimal or missing altogether.
The art chosen to depict the scenes are accurate to the work of literature. Time and care is taken to ensure that the scenes are neat, eye-catching, and creative.
The art chosen to depict the scenes should be accurate, but there may be some liberties taken that distract from the assignment. Scene constructions are neat, and meet basic expectations.
The art chosen to depict the scenes is inappropriate. Scene constructions are messy and may create some confusion.
The art chosen to depict the scenes is too limited or incomplete.
Ideas are organized. There are few or no grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas are mostly organized. There are some grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas may be disorganized or misplaced. Lack of control over grammar, mechanics, and spelling reflect a lack of proofreading.
Storyboard text is difficult to understand.