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Medea According to Aristotle a tragic hero is either an aristocrat or someone of royalty that cannot be evil The hero has a flaw that causes a mistake in his judgement and leads to the downfall of himself or those around him Also the character must recognize his guilt The Greek play Medea is the tale of a sorceress Medea and a fleet commander Jason and the conflicts that arise among them Medea abandons her home and flees to Corinth after foolishly falling in love with Jason There two sons are born to them Jason and Medea remain happy until Jason finds a new love the King of Corinths daughter Filled with rage and overcome with jealousy her two flaws Medea sends her rival a poisoned robe her mistake Because she fears the king will attempt to avenge the death of his daughter by harming her sons Medea kills them By realizing that she will feel the lifelong agony of her sons deaths Medea is the tragic hero The first requirement of being a tragic hero is the character must be either noble or royal As the daughter of Aeetes King of Colchis Medea is royal However because she kills her brother and deceives her father they exile Medea from her home of Colchis But because Medea is a sorceress she possesses magical powers Therefore Medea qualifies for being aristocratic or royal A second characteristic of a tragic hero is he or she cannot be evil It may seem Medea is evil because she is a sorceress but she has a conscience In act two when Medea says O women I cannot do it Farewell to all my plans she shows that she is considering allowing her children to live Although Medea kills her sons in the end having a conscience shows she is not evil Jealousy and rage are Medeas flaws When she discovers Jasons new
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