The term "tragic flaw" is not really one that can be pluralized. It is actually a somewhat misunderstood English translation of the Greek term "hamartia" that was used by the philosopher Aristotle to describe a pattern in the plot of Greek tragedies.
The word "hamartia" derives from the verb "hamartein," meaning to miss or stray from a path. It is used in Homer of arrows or projectiles missing their marks and carries with it the sense of a mistake that cannot be taken back or undone, like an arrow fired in a slightly wrong direction that cannot be returned to the bow. In Aristotle, it means a defect of character that leads to some irrevocable bad judgment or decision. It does not simply mean any random vices, as part of what makes a character a good tragic protagonist is greatness and nobility of character, for without some element of greatness and admiration, the audience would not experience fear and pity at the character's downfall.
The major flaw in Creon 's character which leads to his...
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