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Major British and American Authors Troy Maxson as an Aristotelian Tragic Hero In the play Fences , written by August Wilson, the main character, Troy Maxson, is multifaceted and is an interesting character . Troy seems to be a very hardworking man who sees his primary task as providing for his family . Troy can be seen as a classic tragic hero as described by Aristotle . He satisfies the first characteristic because even though he seems to be a good man, he also has some sides to him that are not as honorable . The tragic flaw, which is the second requirement for a tragic hero, can also be found when the reader examines Troy . The third requirement for the tragic hero is that the character must be highly renowned or prosperous . Despite being a very good baseball player at one time, during the play, Troy is not highly renowned or prosperous at all . Troy has two of the three qualities during the play, which creates the argument that Troy Maxson could be seen as a tragic hero . The first characteristic of an Aristotelian hero, to be in the moral middle, is where Troy seems to be . Troy does not show much emotional attachment to his family, especially his sons, but he does provide for them . Troy tries to instill values in Cory, through tough love, but Troy is not necessarily a virtuous person . In the first scene of the play, Bono, Troy’s friend, asks Troy whether he has been having an affair with a woman named Alberta . Troy explains that he is just polite
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to the woman, but he admits to Bono in the first scene of Act II that he has been having an affair with Alberta . Later in the scene, Troy tells his wife, Rose, that he is having a baby with Alberta . This is an example in which Troy is not morally correct in his actions . Troy does not even feel remorse for his actions because he says that everything he did felt right in his heart . Alberta dies when having this
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