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tuhinzia | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM via web

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM (Answer #2)

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A tragic hero is a hero (or main character and important person) who has a tragic flaw that leads to his or her doom. Oedipus had such a tragic flaw. His tragic flaw was vanity and arrogance. He believed he could outsmart fate. This was his downfall.
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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM (Answer #3)

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Some other heroes from history that fit (at least loosely) into the tragic hero category would be Hercules, Antigone, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Electra.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragic_hero

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM (Answer #4)

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Oedipus, and many other Greek tragic heroes, serves as a warning against hubris, an optimism and faith in self that leads to arrogance. He believes he is great enough to overcome the fate that the gods have scripted for him. He is not.

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