ARiesett Post 2 Greek

Today in class we covered the outline for a good tragic hero. According to Aristotle, a good tragic hero is superior to the average man, suffers due to hamartia, evokes both pity and fear, and suffers at the hand of irony.  We discussed how Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Batman all fit this outline.  A good example of a modern epic hero is Harry Potter.  His journey is a monomyth because he partakes on a path to the supernatural world of witchcraft at Hogwarts.

The story of Harry Potter possesses many of the common ingredients of a hero. While he is not born under special circumstances, he was the chosen one by Voldemort as a baby. Thus, his destiny was set in motion as an infant. Once he got to Hogwarts, he sought the advice of Dumbledore, a wise old wizard. His love interest in the epic is Jenny and after the final battle they marry. However before that during the final battle with Voldemort, Harry dies and then comes back to life.  Thus, the story of Harry Potter is a melodrama because the human elements like romance and birth appeals to the audience.

Harry Potter is similar to Oedipus because every time Voldermort or evil tries to destroy Hogwarts, Harry is always trying to do what is best and protect Hogwarts. Oedipus was trying to protect Thebes and stop the plague, which is why he ordered the banishment of King Laius’s murderer.  Yet, the two heroes are different in  that Harry had general idea of his destiny and fate; whereas, Oedipus was unaware of his destiny.

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  1. Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Harry Potter is a great example of a epic hero. Good points were made about the special circumstances he encounters and how he fights til he reaches his destiny, thus helping himself and the wizards.

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