How does Troy exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero in Fences?

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According to Aristotle's classic definition, a tragic hero is an upstanding, admirable character who makes a significant judgment error as a result of their tragic flaw, which leads to their downfall. Typically, a tragic hero's character flaw is hubris, and their fate is greater than deserved. Using Aristotle's definition, one could argue that Troy Maxson exemplifies similar character traits and undergoes comparable struggles as a classic tragic hero.

Troy Maxson is depicted as a conflicted man who is respected by his peers and had an illustrious career as a baseball player. However, Troy never had a chance to play in the Majors, because of racial prejudice, and resents society for ruining his dreams. Troy is a responsible father who tries to protect his sons by encouraging them to attain regular occupations where they can earn a living and achieve financial stability. However, Troy's insistence that his sons dismiss their dreams drives a wedge in their relationship, and Cory grows to resent...

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