Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a man of exceptional quality and greatness of noble birth whose tragic flaw leads to his own downfall. In addition, the hero's downfall must result in increased self-knowledge and self-awareness. Faustus, being a doctor who has studied logic, medicine, law, and divinity, is cle...
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...onsibility and, although too late, returns to his former self. Faustus fills the role of the tragic hero that Marlowe created for him perfectly and that is easily seen through Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero and the play itself.
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