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.|
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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Create a storyboard that shows how Romeo can be considered a tragic hero.
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