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A tragedy can come in a variety of forms but is usually the end result of an imperfection that the protagonist cannot overcome a tragic flaw In John Miltons poem Paradise Lost Satan succumbs to his own vaulting ambition to be equal in power and glory to God As a result of this perverse ambition his actions lead to the greatest tragedy ever the downfall of numerous angels and the race of mankind Satan however is not concerned with the fact that he is responsible for the loss of paradise both in heaven and on earth in fact in his opinion it is Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heavn Milton I263 Although this flaw signifies the beginning of the tragedy according to Aristotle the main emphasis is to display unyielding courage against overwhelming odds In drama a play in verse or prose which depicts the downfall of a protagonist who is noble and elevated in status yet moves from happiness to misery because of an error in judgment or a character flaw A revelation of human strivings and aspirations tragedy arouses fear and pity yet its purpose is to celebrate the courage and dignity of the human spirit in the face of defeat Aristotle Satan certainly fits this description because his courage never subsides even when it becomes clear that he and his followers face looming destruction at the hands of God This bravery sets him apart from his fellow fallen angels and is what makes him the tragic hero rather than just the instigator of a tragedy As a result of his tragic flaw ambition Satan falls from Heaven to an eternal and inescapable Hell yet his courage remains resolute and therefore he becomes the tragic hero in Paradise Lost Lucifer like all tragic heroes according to Aristotle begins existence very powerful and elevated in status Prior to the arrival of Christ Lucifer serves directly under God and
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