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The phrase there is a hero to every story has been heard numerous times but can this be true if the hero dies in the story It all depends on the definition of a hero According to the tragic hero definitions of Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms Aristotles theory of a tragic hero and a combination of Merriam Webster dictionaries a person can be classified as a hero even if he does not live to see the good that he has done or accomplished in his lifetime This type of character is more correctly called a tragic hero In the play Hamlet written by William Shakespeare Hamlet fits the mold of a tragic hero perfectly as he meets all of the requirements to be a tragic hero which are A person of noble birth who occupies a powerful enough position to make choices which involve great numbers of people decisions which can bring catastrophe to an entire kingdom He also has to have a trait of goodness but he cannot be perfect The tragic hero also must possess some sort of flaw due to pride or his character and the destruction of this character is due to this flaw The tragic hero must have a final moment of potential self-awareness be a man of godlike prowess and the his goodness must come to be honored as divinity in death Aristotles theory of a tragic hero and Merriam Websters dictionary state that the tragic hero is a person of noble birth who occupies a powerful enough position to make choices which involve great numbers of people decisions which can bring catastrophe to an entire Kingdom This characteristic is easily visible in Hamlet He was a powerful person because he was looked upon by all of Denmark as their prince and next to rule Hamlets actions and reactions affected everyone Claudius says This must be so We pray you throw to earth
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