13, October, 2010
They are at the highest of highest points in their lives and then “bam,” their happiness is gone and former admirers are looking down on them. A tragic hero: mostly recognized throughout literature but also throughout our daily lives, fits that description. I was introduced to a tragic hero character when my English class was studying Shakespeare’s Othello. I was easily intrigued on how he can lose everything he worked for so fast. How does a person, fictional or real, become part of the tragic hero list? Do they become a person they don’t want to be by their own doing or by others mischievous ways? As people who see the good in everyone, and can be easily deceived, tragic heroes are a part of society and we look up to some of them. They also can allow us to admit we, too, have flaws.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a tragic hero as “is a protagonist who is otherwise perfect except for a tragic flaw, also known as fatal flaw, which eventually leads to his demise.“ (def. 1) The definition does give an accurate description of a tragic hero, but it does not illustrate that a tragic hero can also have a fatal flaw but this does not lead to his death. Traits of the hero are the hero usually has a classic battle with a villain where he fights to the death for what he believes in and they must suffer more than he deserves. The hero must be fated from the start, but bears no responsibility for possessing his flaw, whiling facing a very serious decision. The tragic hero’s story should awaken in others fear and empathy, a bond that makes us all human and vulnerable to similar circumstances.
In modern life, there are many individuals who can fall under the category of a tragic hero, one person being Mike Tyson. As a young man, Tyson has had an affair with little crimes and jail time. That jail time, though, had helped him come into the sport of boxing. By the time he was 18 Mike had already won his...