The Tragic Greek Hero

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The Tragic Greek Hero

Greek drama is mostly based on the mythology and history of the Greek gods. Many plays in ancient Greece were inspired by the gods, but also the tragic Greek heroes. Two very famous tragic heroes that were famous in play writes were Hercules and Oedipus. The famous dramas and plays are mainly about the characters "search for the meaning of life and the nature of the gods" which was based of events that happened in Greek mythology ( The role that mythology played in drama was large and many famous plays would not have existed without it.

Significance of the Tragic Heroes


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The Tragic Greek Hero

Impact of mythology in Greek dramas

Aristotles 5 stages of a Tragic Hero

Aristotle's Theory on Greek Tagedy

What is a tragic greek hero?

The tragic greek hero takes part in many greek dramas. They are "mortals who suffered incredible losses as a result of a insecapable fate or bad decisions". Usaully they are of a high status, "surrounded by an extraordinary circumstance", and thier fate is predetermined. Although, some tragic heroes demise is caused by a weakness or flaw, called a tragic flaw. The flaw causes the hero to make bad decisions, but this deosn't necessarily make them a bad person. In greek dramas tragic heroes usually have the traits of being noble and good becuase this makes the audience feel grief towards the heroes demise. For example, Oedipus is a tragic hero because without knowing it he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother, yet he is a noble person which makes the audience have sympathy for him. Ultimatley his demise is caused by his fate and his tragic flaw which is excesssive pride.

Mythology was and will always be a key part of Greek drama. Greek mythology is the combination of myths and teachings that focused primarily on the gods and heroes of ancient Greece as well as the nature of the world. Seeing as mythology was a large part of their religion, it was present in almost everything, including the theatre. “Choral performances in honor of the god Dionysus,” soon morphed into full fledged plays. The old myths and stories were soon brought to life in the horrific tragedies, tear jerking dramas, and knee-slapping comedies. Mythology was weaved into the plays to help tell the story and, plays were also modeled after it. The presence of mythology in ancient Greek dramas was so important because they brought significance to the plays in which people were taught life lessons in a fun and sometimes sad manner.

The Importance of Mythology in Greek Drama




Tragic Flaw

Gain of Insight

The tragic hero must be essential admirable and good. When the villain is destroyed it is an applause rather than pity. The audiences cheer when the bad guy losses. The ancient Greeks felt compassion towards someone they admire when that character is in a difficult situation. The nobler and more admirable the person is, the greater our anxiety or grief at his or her downfall. The term "hero" comes from the ancient Greeks. For them, a hero was a mortal who had done something so far beyond the normal scope of human experience that he left an immortal memory behind him when he died, and so the hero received worship like that due the gods.


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