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Distinguishing the Tragic Hero Not recognizing her beloved she both looks at him and asks where he may be At last she knows too well whats lying there she lifts to the Gods a sad accusing stare then moaning cold and all but dead the sweet maid drops unconscious at her lovers feet p 401 From this phrase alone it is obvious that Jean Racines Phaedra 1677 is a tragic play featuring a tragic hero The tragic hero is defined as a person of high estate who demonstrates both good and bad qualities and most distinguishingly is the cause of the tragedy due to a personal error in judgment or tragic flaw In Phaedra there are three characters that demonstrate the first two of these characteristics however only one character Phaedra is responsible for the tragedy in the play and therefore is the tragic hero Distinguishing the persons of high estate from the commoners is quite simple and is an important first step in identifying potential tragic heroes Hippolytus is referred to by Theramenes his tutor as my lord p 365 which is indicative of Hippolytus high status This idea is confirmed when Hippolytus is revealed as the Kings son which makes him a prince Theseus the King of Athens and Phaedra his Queen are also characters of high estate As princess of the blood royal of Athens Aricia could also be considered high status however as Theseus enemy her status is actually lower than that of a commoner The remaining characters Theramenes Oenone Ismene and Panope are servants and confidants not people of nobility or high status Therefore of the eight characters Hippolytus Theseus and Phaedra are the potential tragic heroes in the play The tragic hero must demonstrate both good and bad traits Phaedra the stepmother of Hippolytus demonstrated her poor qualities when she unjustly banished him because she was in love with him and could not bear to be near him
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