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Since the beginning of time people discussed and analyzed theconcept of the tragic hero in epic poetry and other stories An epic poemconsists of a hero of high caliber whose actions affect a nation or a group ofpeople The deeds of this hero must be exceedingly brave and havesupernatural elements Many of these stories first began as an oraltradition then eventually became written pieces of literature Oralliterature comprises a vast range of verbal products including modernblues lyrics African drum songs ancient Greek epic poetry folk talesetc Even when the heroes are characters of different authors theyshare common characteristics and abide by certain personality traits whichdefine them as heroes A hero is an example of valiancy and intelligence In times of danger a hero must remain strong brave and audaciousMany epic poems consist of tragedys Tragedies consist of severalkey points First they cannot be discussed and must be able to be actedout They also include a hero of high stature and nobility The tragic heromust have a tragic flaw such as an excess of pride ambition passion orsome other trait that leads directly to disaster Aristotle describes that thekey element to a tragedy is that it should invoke Catharsis The spectatorsshould be purged of their emotions of pity and fear through their vicariousparticipation in the drama In the Greek times these plays were the centerof their culture and society They used tragedies to demonstrate howfragile their own lives could be If a hero couldnt escape fate and painthen either could they It also enforced the theory that no one is above thegods and no person can control their destiny Finally a tragedy mustemploy formal poetic writing with the use of noble language Four storiesthat demonstrate a tragedy which a tragic hero are Hamlet BeowulfFrankenstein and Oedipus Rex These stories show how the tragic herohad evolved throughout history and how our changing society has impactedThe epic poem Beowulf author unknown discusses the meaning of ahero in there
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