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A Hero of Another Kind The tragic hero is usually not like an everyday person that is seen on the street According to Aristotles book Poetics four characteristics establish the essence of a tragic hero This is very helpful in understanding why the tragic hero is a mediocre type of person First of all the hero must belong to a distinguished family Secondly he must be a-better-than average person Next the hero must suffer from a flaw in his character or in his judgement otherwise known as hmartia Finally he must undergo a transition of happiness to misery called peripeteia In Euripides tragedy Medea Medea can be classified as an atypical tragic hero To follow Aristotles four characteristics Medea fits the first one She does come from a well-distinguished family Her father is King Aeetes Medea is also a better-than-average person With her great deception she can fool many people For example she killed her own brother and duped her father Another example would be that she caused Pelias own daughters to murder him She deceives Jason by telling him she would like to make amends for their past Medea says Surely you can afford to forgive my bad temper after all there has been much love between usp320 She continues to tell true lies to Jason Also Medea is very crafted in poison She sends gifts to the princess that poison her Medea had a tragic flaw that resulted in how she reacted to Jasons betrayal Her tragic flaw was her self-will and excessive pride Some quotes from the book reveal how Medea recognized this Now I see how my passion is stronger than my reasonp325 Her passion and self-will could not let Jason go unpunished Am I willing to let my enemies go unpunished Am I willing to be insulted and laughed atp325 This quote reveals her strong pride Her
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