that the audience
s can relate to. Something tragic
happens to this character. the audience should wish it not to, despite how many times hearing/seeing the story
. The character is considered a hero because they stand for a trait we all wish to have or believe in. Things like: the American Dream
, the idea that if Americans
work hard they will succeed in life, is a common ideal
for the tragic hero to have.
It is important that the tragic hero is sympathetic
. This way the listeners will be able to completely relate to the character. If there is no sympathy between a tragic hero and the listeners than the character becomes pathetic. When this happens a tragic hero is no longer tragic, just some person that had bad luck for no real reason.
The reason to have a tragic hero is to give a story purpose. A tragedy
by nature isn't an uplifting story. But with a tragic hero you can learn from a tragedy. Tragic heros make tragedies worth participating in.
Some of the more interesting literary debates have been whether a particular character is indeed tragic.
Example of tragic heroes are:
in Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
by William Shakespeare
I would even say that Sid Vicious
in Sid and Nancy
is a tragic hero.