Tragic Hero

Tragic Hero
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  • HAMARTIA
  • HUBRIS & PERIPETEIA
  • Oh, I am fortune's fool!
  • ANAGNORISIS & NEMESIS
  • I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault and presently took post to tell you...
  • Is it e'en so? - Then I defy you stars!
  • A tragic hero is one with numerous heroic qualities, but has one fatal flaw (Hamartia) that ultimately leads to his/her demise. Some hamartias include, Hubris, Peripeteia, Anagnorisis, Nemisis, and Catharsis
  • CATHARSIS
  • Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide! ... Here's to my love
  • Romeo's pride persuades him to continue the fight against Tybalt. Romeo, driven mad with anger, lashes out and kills Tybalt, ultimately leading to Romeo's banishment - "Oh, I am fortune's fool!"
  • BLINDNESS & SIGHT
  • The discovery of Juliet's apparent death was a turning point in Romeo's sanity. The couple's true nemesis is the inescapability of fate - "Then I defy you stars!"
  • FATE
  • Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
  • Romeo's cathartic moment was when he drank the potion that would end his life. In that moment he released the anger and emotion he had pent up inside himself - "Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide! ... Here's to my love"
  • Romeo can only see or focus on Juliet in the book. He thinks about her all day long, and longs to spend time with her. However, this also means he doesn’t see anything or anybody else. He is blind when it comes to everything but Juliet! Romeo can’t think straight and he makes detrimental, impulsive decisions -- his tragic flaw. This eventually leads to his and Juliet’s tragic demise.
  • In its first address to the audience, the Chorus states that Romeo and Juliet are “star-crossed”—that is to say that fate controls them. The characters also are quite aware of it. For example, when Romeo believes that Juliet is dead, he cries out, “Then I defy you, stars!" In this case, the "stars" are a metaphor for the inevitability of death/fate. Romeo is the tragic hero because even though he tried to prevent the bad from happening, fate was in the way.
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