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The Tragic hero is a man of noble stature. He is not an ordinary man, but a man with outstanding quality and greatness about him. His own destruction is for a greater cause or principle. I believe that Harvey Dent in Batman fits the bill perfectly. Harvey Dents hamartia, which is the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall, was that he was trying to put away all of the thugs and the gangsters in Gotham City in hopes of increasing the safety, security, and overall quality of life for those residing in the city. Little did he know that the task he was trying to complete was far too large for him to overcome. It also wasn’t fare about of all the corruption in the police department he didn’t have a chance.

Peripeteia, the reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw, is also illustrated in Dent’s case. Dent was attempted to do good for his city and had good intentions but because he was over-ambitious and hubris it ultimately led to his destruction and reversal of good fortune.  At first the audience could look at the situation with pity when he found himself in the hospital after suffering from extensive burns, but then the role transcends when Dent seeks revenge against all the bad cops and whoever was involved in the murder of his girlfriend Rachel. In this sense, the previous pity the audience felt was transformed into a sense of fear which is common among tragic heroes. In the end what first started out to be for the greater good ultimately led to his death and demise. He was honored and deemed a hero by the city and his death was seen as a waste of human potential.

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