Pennell 1 Pierce Pennell Mrs.Palo English 12 AP ,Period 7 20 December 2017 Murderous Sympathy There have been many kinds of characters throughout the time literature has been around: the villain, the mother, the father, the child, the squire, the monster - these have all shown up again and again. But another character that has shown up time and time again is the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character is a figure of high stature who is inherently good but has a flaw, and he suffers a tragic downfall because of that flaw. Additionally, once he recognizes the error of his ways at the play’s conclusion, the audience should feel sympathy for him. One example of a tragic hero is the title character in Shakespeare's play Macbeth . He is of high stature, and he certainly has a flaw, but whether or not he earns the audience’s sympathy is questionable. In his case, the audience should not sympathize with him because of what he does, his deterioration, and what he represents.