In the first card-marking we discussed the classical epic hero and his journey. In this second card-marking, we have followed an example of a tragic hero. In a well-organized essay, discuss the ways in which Brutus counts as a tragic hero, picking and choosing among the characteristics listed below to show which criteria of a tragic hero he best fits and how he fits those criteria.
In your opening paragraph, frame the topic. Talk in general about heroism and what it is that makes a person a hero in general (note: whatever you say should also apply to Brutus, since he is a hero, albeit a tragic one). Then focus the topic, shifting to the tragic hero specifically, and presenting the criteria of the tragic hero to which you will compare Brutus.
In your second through fourth paragraphs, choose three of the criteria from the definition of the tragic hero and prove them. What events from the story or what lines of dialogue support your contention that Brutus matches those criteria of a tragic hero? Use as much specific evidence to support your position as you can. Do more than just provide quotes and say what the quotes mean. You must explain why the events of the story or the dialogue you have chosen actually do support your point.
In your fifth paragraph, explain what, if anything, Brutus could have done to avoid his fate while still accomplishing his goals. What were the pivotal decisions he made which, had he chosen otherwise, would have led to a different, satisfactory outcome for Brutus?
In your sixth paragraph, explain how watching the story arc of Brutus will affect your decision-making processes in the future so you can remain the hero of your story but hopefully avoid the tragedy.
A tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities.
This person is fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering.
But the hero struggles mightily against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration.
Because the tragic hero simply cannot accept a diminished view of the self and because of some personality flaw, the hero fails in this epic struggle against fate.
This tragic drama involves choices (free will) and results in a paradox --- Is it Fate or Free Will which is primarily responsible for the suffering in the hero's life (and in our lives in light of our own personal tragedies)? Though fated the hero makes choices which bring about his destruction.
In addition, tragic drama usually reveals the hero's true identity. Boxer --- instead of being the proud hero of the rebellion --- discovers too late that he is merely a dupe of the pigs, a poor dumb animal to be used up and then discarded to buy whisky.
The hero's suffering, however, is not gratuitous because through great suffering the hero is enlightened. Such heroes learn about themselves and their place in the universe. Pride is chastened. Though destroyed the hero is at peace intellectually.
Tragic doom is both public (the State) and private (a family tragedy as well) and usually sexual transgressions are involved in some way.
We are energized by witnessing this eternal drama for it encompasses the fate and "stuff" of all humans from kings and queens to paupers. As for paupers, in his famous editorial for the NY Times, Tragedy and the Common Man, Arthur Miller argues that the common person is also capable of tragic stature in so far as each one of us seeks a true identity and a personal dignity.