The Hero, The Tragic Hero, and The Anti-Hero

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The Hero, The Tragic Hero, and The Anti-Hero . The Traditional Hero. Traditionally a hero is a character who possesses a strong moral fiber . This character seems to always do the right thing, no matter what. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Hero, The Tragic Hero, and The Anti-Hero

The Hero, The Tragic Hero, and The Anti-Hero The Traditional HeroTraditionally a hero is a character who possesses a strong moral fiber.This character seems to always do the right thing, no matter what.A hero has a strong conviction, is dynamic, and/or has a certain magnetism that engages readers.A hero does not necessarily complete his/her journey on their own, but they are the central character.

Tragic Hero BackgroundA tragic hero is often used in Shakespearean literature.This hero may not always be a good guy.Tragic Hero TraitsThe tragic hero is someone we, as an audience, look up tosomeone superior.The tragic hero is nearly perfect, and we identify with him/her.The hero has one flaw or weaknessWe call this the tragic flaw, fatal flaw, or hamartiaReversal of Fortune

The fatal flaw brings the tragic hero down from his/her elevated state.Renaissance audiences were familiar with the wheel of fortune or fickle fate.What goes up, must come down.The Anti-HeroThe Anti-Hero is often used in darker literature.The Anti-Hero is more used in modern literature as authors try to portray villains as complex characters.An Anti-Hero relates to a reader because the Anti-Hero seems more human than other heroes.An Anti-Hero may try to do what is right by using questionable actions.Anti-Hero TraitsAnti-Heroes can be obnoxious.Anti-Heroes can be pitiful.Anti-Heroes can be awkward.Anti-Heroes can be passive.Types of Anti-HeroSome Anti-Heroes may be unable to commit to traditional values of society.They distrust society. Another type of Anti-Hero cannot get a break in life.He/she will move from one disappointment to another and end in failure.