The Characteristics Of A Hero As A Tragic Hero

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According to dictionary.com, a tragic hero defines as “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat” ("tragic hero"). A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, defines as “a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction” (Littrell, Mary). During this past year, I have learned about what it takes to be a tragic hero. I have also learned what it takes to be a hero period. Being a hero, to me, means one’s ability to be willing to die for what they believe in. The Iliad, Beowulf and Hamlet have all shown heroes dying for what they believe in. Achilles, Hector, Beowulf, and Hamlet are all tragic heroes because they all are of noble birth,…show more content…
Achilles, being the best warrior that the Greeks had on their side, ended up being difficult to defeat. Achilles went to battle knowing he would die in it because his death had been prophesied if he took part in battle. Although Achilles pouted and stayed at the ships almost the entire last year of the battle, when he finally came to battle, he became the fiercest warrior on the battlefield. The reason Achilles finally came to battle had been to avenge the death of his beloved Patroclus by killing Hector. Achilles killed every Trojan to appear in his way and put the majority of their bodies in the river Xanthus. This action infuriated the mighty river, causing him to go after Achilles. Achilles then escaped the wrath of Xanthus, with the help of Poseidon, Athena, and Hephaestus. Achilles finally did kill Hector then dragged him around tied to the back of Achilles’ chariot. Hector, had been just as brave as Achille and the both shared two huge things: this had not been their fight and neither one had been in charge of their own destinies. Hector, being the Trojan’s finest warrior, had also been a difficult warrior to defeat. Hector stepped up to clean Paris’s mess up when Paris refused to go into battle, when Hector did not have to. In the end, Achilles killed Hector and he died a hero’s death. Beowulf fought many monsters from many lands, all having the ability to kill him.…show more content…
Achilles traveled from Greece to Troy to fight in the Trojan War, which took place for ten years. Achilles had been prophesied to die if he took part in battle, but that did not stop him. Hector traveled to Greece to make a peace-treaty among the Greeks, and while there, Paris stole Helen. Beowulf travels from his homeland to Denmark, the Geats’ enemy territory, to defeat Grendel or die trying to kill Grendel. During the many years between fighting Grendel and his mother, Beowulf traveled many other lands to defeat their monsters. After King Hamlet’s death, Hamlet traveled from his school in Wittenberg, back to Denmark. Hamlet traveled halfway to England to be executed, only to board a pirate ship as an “ambassador” to return to Denmark. Traveling to different lands might be difficult, but not as difficult facing the

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