English Literature Study Guide - English Literature Study Guide Greek Vocab Peripeteia the turning point Anagonorisis self realization of a character

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English Literature Study Guide Greek Vocab Peripeteia - the turning point Anagonorisis - self realization of a character Hamartia - the tragic flaw in a character Hubris - extreme pride, leading to overconfidence The Tragic Hero Aristotle claimed that a Tragic Hero has 3 traits. (1.)is noble born or has noble characteristics (2.)possesses a tragic flaw (Hamartia) (3.)comes to a self realization or moment of self insight (Anagonorisis) Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman 1. Noble: Willy is not born of Nobility and has no high rank or title like Oedipus (King) or Othello (Military General) 2. Tragic Flaw : Willy’s tragic flaw is his ignorance and arrogance. His view of the American Dream clouds his judgement and eventually leads to his own death. 3. Realization : Willy never fully realizes what is wrong with him. He doesn’t attribute his flaw to his demise but instead blames the world for screwing him over. He fails to believe he is in charge of his own destiny. Conclusion : Willy Loman is NOT a tragic hero. He is not noble in any sense of the word.

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