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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A tragic hero is a major character in a situation who, usually through no fault of his own, has to "pass through a series of misfortunes leading to the final catastrophe." The hero has all the qualities of any hero, which may include character traits opening him/her up to the circumstances leading to his/her downfall. Often, however, the disastrous outcome is the result of natural or human events beyond the control of the hero or anyone else.

An example of a tragic hero could be Prince Hamlet. He is a strong character with a very strong and clear sense of duty which he is unable to fulfill due to circumstances beyond his control. His insanity is only one complicating factor in the overall story.

princessita-2-day | Student

a tragic hero is someone with hubris and ends up getting defeated.