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What are good examples of tragic flaws?

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pasu16 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM via web

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What are good examples of tragic flaws?

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 14, 2011 at 10:22 PM (Answer #1)

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The classic tragic flaw is an over-reaching sense of pride. Watch for the protagonist to pursue a noble cause humbly and then at a pivotal moment, they identify themselves as the embodiment of that cause. It will result in a small, self-defining decision that will roll the proverbial snowball down the hill, ultimately causing an avalanche.

There may or may not be a moment where the tragic hero recognizes the effect of that small tragic choice and attempt to rectify the situation. This may exacerabate the problem and actually speed up the tumult.

The effect of hubris can be made manifest in a variety of ways, but look for the self-defining aspect of the decision.

 

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amyclien | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM (Answer #2)

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shakespearian novels.

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