stranger in hign planes greek tragic hero
is he a christian tragic and
describe a real life person that characterizes courage described by aristotle
what features make you think he posses that attribute
The Stranger of the High Plains is most like a Nietzschean noble. He is not a Greek tragic hero because he does not die at the end of the movie, is not generally virtuous, does not desire to do good deeds, and does not hold an important social status. He only shares the tragic flaw of greek heros and that flaw is hubris or excessive pride. Neither was he a Christian tragic hero which is strongly founded in faith beliefs and morality. I can safely say the stranger shares non of these traits except for some notion of hell perhaps as a joke. He is most like a Nietzschean noble who creates their own morality by following a self serving code that sorts them in to classes. This class separation is evident when the stranger was touted as a completely different kind of beast than the townsfolk.
Courage as described by Aristotle is a very tough bill to fill. I would say that the most courageous person that I know right now is Barack Obama. His attributes of honestly talking to the American people and telling them the truth are very courageous in my opinion. He said, "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America." His courageous words are empowering as well as compelling. Aristotle distinguishes the virtues of being courageous as different from those of being brave by saying that rational intelligently thought out plans are acted on by the courageous. I believe that Obama's campaign qualifies him as having courage by Aristotle's standards.