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In todays society people often picture their heroes as flawless characters with superhuman strengths and powers such as the Superman and Batman types Others picture their heroes as ordinary individuals who have great talents such as the Michael Jordan type During ancient history the Greeks recognized their tragic heroes as those who possessed four essential qualities a man noble by birth and talent possessing a tragic flaw having a recognizable downfall that is partially his fault and experiencing a punishment that exceeds his crime In Graham Greenes The Power and the Glory the whiskey priest can be considered a tragic hero in the style of Greek literature and theaterAs a priest and a son of a shopkeeper the whiskey priest exhibits nobility of birth in the sense of royalty Because of his solid background of being born in Carmen the son of a storekeeper22 he was considered one of the upper class Furthermore his parents provided him with a great education as he spent six years at some American seminary22 While at the seminary the whiskey priest gained the necessary knowledge and talents in managing a church expressing power and authority and obtaining an appreciation of lifes finer things Many examples point out this quality needed for the Greek hero such as in the hut with the Mestizo when he valued the paper symbolizing his past power in the church Again he remembered a dinner given at Concepcion in honor of the tenth anniversary of his ordination92 The pious parishioners gathered around him as if he was their king In the small village where Brigitta lived the children were coming up to kiss his hand62 to show his nobility The whiskey priest meets the next qualification of the hero the tragic flaw when he committed the sin of despair and became the father of Brigitta The priest actually has many flaws and he fights internally with them throughout his journey However his
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