Shakespeare: HAMLET & KING LEAR
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Working from Aristotle's definition of the tragic hero, this figure is explored in Shakespeare's HAMLET, & KING LEAR.... More...
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Working from Aristotle's definition of the tragic hero, this figure is explored in Shakespeare's HAMLET, & KING LEAR.
The tragic hero derives from the Greek drama, as elucidated by the criticism of Aristotle in particular, criticism that was revived in the Renaissance period and that came to be used as a prescription for drama rather than a description of it as Aristotle intended. The hero often knows his fate but still does not see it coming, as it were. F.L. Lucas writes about the characters of tragedy as Aristotle has delineated them and notes that they must be "good" but not perfect, appropriate or true to type, and consistent or true to themselves. Lucas says that "good" in the context in which Aristotle uses it means noble or fine, and thus the characters appropriate to tragedy are elevated characters, because "tragedy in Aristotle's theory represented men as finer than they are" (Lucas 125). Lucas notes that
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