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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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The Greek terms we discussed in class today are very relatable to all epic or tragic heroes in the past and to the ones of the present. When I think of a hero of present times who has a large hamartia but is also a leader to many people would be Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong fought many types of cancer and even though he faced very bad odds of survival, he pushed hard to survive and pulled it out. He won the Tour de France six times in a row, smashing the previous record of consecutive Tour de France wins. He inspired many people and led the fight against cancer and was a figurehead for the fight against cancer. He then had his big downfall when his catharsis came out, or when everything changed for him. All of his greatness came crumbling down when his large flaw was released. Lance Armstrong was accused of blood doping and a dark shadow went over his name. With his hubris, or pride, he would not take a drug test and remained with a constant mindset that he did not blood dope. Many people lost respect for the hero they once admired. Lance Armstrong was not the hero he once was to most people but was now a regular person.

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Today in class when we talked about characters fitting into the description of a hero, one particular came to mind. I believe Iron Man could not be more of a typical hero. His hubris or pride is through the roof, and at times he has even been called a narcissist, and this can be considered a hamartia for him. He often lets his ego and stubbornness affect how he handles things. His main hamartia is his energy source for life. In the place of his heart, Iron Man lives off his own invention to supply him with energy, and without it he will die.

Through his monomyth he is often incline to do things on his own; in the story of The Avengers he has a catharsis or a moment that changes him. He realizes that he needs the help of others and can be a leader and work with his foils and teammates to solves the problem.

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Coach Ellis “Pride”

In the movie Pride Terrance Howard plays the role of a swim coach named Jim Ellis. As an African American swimmer he had often let the anger get the best of him, and due to this he does not get as far in swimming as he’d like to. Jim Ellis takes a coaching job at a rundown Recreation center in Philadelphia. Ellis then recruits a group of African American teenagers to come and swim at the center. The teens are troubled and have just been kicked of their basketball team. In the end he helps restore the center and start the first all-African American swim team and more importantly saves the children from poverty, drugs and the prejudice. Although Coach Ellis is a hero to the community his two most pressing flaws are his helpfulness and his anger. I say his helpfulness because his determination to help the city and the kids made him a target by both the drug dealers and criminals and the white people who did not want to see his team succeed. His helpfulness caused negative attention to the team and put the kids in some dangerous situations. Coach Ellis hamartia was his inability to control his anger, Coach Ellis was so passionate about his team that when the negativity was brought his way he would not react in the correct way. For example, he ends up in a fight with a gangster who destroyed their swimming pool, while the fight was happening a town news crew was present. The video of Coach Ellis beating the gangsters up painted a shameful and negative picture on the coach causing many people in the city to lose respect for him, talk about him positively and support the team. After the video aired Coach Ellis was no longer able to coach the team and some of the kids left the team. Coach Ellis’ anger results in his hero story to end in a bitter fate note which is why I believe he is certainly a tragic hero.

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To me a good example of a modern day tragic hero would be John Lennon. He encompassed all of the important aspects that a tragic hero should have. He was extremely goal-oriented and always vouched for fair equality and peace. In addition, his superiority of the modern man was due to his incredible sense of musical, artistic and creative talents. He was famous not only for his works as a musician, but for his political activism as well. Many, such as the FBI, feared his power and went so far as to try to get him deported and rid the country of the consistent threat they felt from him (and Yoko) due to his outspoken views and his close relationships with radical activists such as John Sinclair. People too pitied him for giving up his legendary ties to the Beatles for Yoko Ono, his second wife and companion. His hamartia was that he visibly cared more about his second family than his first. Lennon left his wife Cynthia and his son Julian for Yoko Ono. During Julian’s upbringing he was often an absent father due to his career and fame, but when Lennon had his second son, Sean, with Yoko, which also happened to be on his 35th birthday, he stopped working and became a complete family man, spending all of his time with his new son and his wife. Although many place Lennon on a pedestal for his courage to speak up for what he believed in, we are able to see him as just your everyday soul by recognizing his faults, that one might, under other circumstances, deem as inexcusable. He suffered from situational irony due to his abrupt assassination. While some might have been able to guess that his life was in danger, most chose to believe otherwise and were only convinced once the day his demise arrived.

 

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After the discussions about tragic heroes in class today I thought that The Hulk would have been another great example of one. The Hulk meets the criteria of a tragic hero in every aspect. The Hulk is not the average man, he is in a constant battle with himself and the monster he becomes when he loses his temper. As the audience you feel both pity and fear for this character. You pity him because what happen to him was an accident and he did not ask for it, he is forced to live with it for the rest of his life. Also the people fear him because of how powerful he becomes when he turns into The Hulk. At first he did not know how to control it so he would just bring harm to the people and destruction. His hamartia is that he has to learn to control his temper for the rest of his life. He is cursed to battle what can make him a hero and what can possibly make him a villan.

I found that the Hulk very much related to Odysseus because of his sharp intellect, strength, and courage. The Hulk is a doctor and not only has to create The Hulk but has to learn how to control The Hulk and learn the chemical imbalances. The Hulk is very strong and finds the courage throughout time to be confident in his authority and control the beast within him.

 

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In today’s class my group discussed Abraham Lincoln as an epic hero who ventured on a difficult path of becoming the President of the United States. Abraham fits many of characteristics that describe an epic hero including his superior to the population. People respected Lincoln for his honesty and his dedication to the United States, but many feared what he could do. For example Abraham Lincoln set out to abolish slavery, something no president has ever tried to do before. The opposing party feared his power within the community, and believed for the first time in their history, slavery could come to an end. However, what really makes Lincoln an epic hero, is his sacrifice and suffering for the greater good. Being the first President to try to abolish slavery put a major target on his back. Many people were for slavery and this in turn led to his death. His story was a true tragedy as he risked his life for a future full of prosper. On top of that, he was a very relatable hero because he suffered obvious flaws. One example of him suffering hamartia, is he always wanted to please people and comprised to often. Another major flaw was that he had servants of his own that in the eyes of people could have been seen as a contradictory. Abraham Lincoln is an epic hero who faced a monomyth journey in becoming President which was presented with many difficult obstacles a long the way.

Another great example of an epic hero in the 1900s, who inspired many, is Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to ever play professional baseball. Today millions of African Americans are given the opportunity to play professional sports, because of the courageous journey he took. One of his biggest flaws was being an African American, trying to take his talents into an all white game. His triumph as a hero goes way beyond professional sport, but the African American community as a whole. His monomyth was one of the most monumental journeys of our history. Everyday he had to endure negative criticism, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and harsh embarrassment. Jackie Robison is an epic hero who will always be remembered for conquering his greatest flaws and single handily changing our history as we know it today.

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During class today when we talked about hero’s and how they might “fit the bill” as our professor put it. There were four main things, but the one that stuck out to me the most was the harmatia. Defined, it means a sort of fatal flaw. I found this to be extremely interesting because that is one of the last things that I would personally think of when thinking about a hero. In connection to people we discussed in class, it was hard to find a person or even a fictional character that has a fatal flaw, especially since the term flaw can be interpreted in so many ways. I found it most difficult to find a person or character that fit my description for a flaw because to me it meant something that had to be somewhat major but also it was something that effected their life on an almost daily basis.

Going off of this definition, the first person that came to my mind was Rosa Parks. In her earlier life, she always had major health issues that she continuously hid from the public when she became more in the public eye. Not only did she suffer from major health issues, but so did the rest of her family as well. I saw this is a flaw, because not only did it hinder her every day life, but it was not only physically draining but mentally as well. It was also something that led to her ultimate downfall. She eventually died from her illnesses. The other aspects that Parks needed were also met. She was superior to the average man because she stood up for her beliefs. She also evoked pity in those that were against her and fear as well because they were scared of her success. Lastly she suffered her fate from her illnesses. This, to me, meant that she was an ideal option for being an Epic Hero, especially since she was able to make a change in the world, just by doing something that she wanted to do for herself. There are also similarities to Oedipus here because although he was trying to do the right thing by trying to find the murder when in fact, he was ultimately the killer.

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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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Today in class my group discussed Abraham Lincoln. He took great pride (hubris) in not letting people affect his opinions. He would also compromise something small for the greater good.

As for the example I found that is post modern in the 1900s, I believe Victoria Soto that was a 27 year old first grade teacher that died in the Connecticut shooting was a good example of a tragic hero. Kind of like Antigone sacrificing her life in able for her brother to have a proper burial. Even though Victoria was you and in a extremely scary situation she put her students first and used her body to shield her students. This put Victoria at a huge risk of taking the blow, but it was what she believed in that she wanted to provide the most protection that she could to her terrified students. It is for this that I consider her to be a tragic hero.

Others might have a different opinion on the situation but I am sure that Victoria was able to evoke her fear in order to shield her students from the nearby gunman. This was an extremely unfortunate event that took place in Connecticut, but it is people like Victoria who provide the protection of what she could to prove she is a hero.

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