The Tragic Hero in Modern Literature Analytical Essay by anathyn

The Tragic Hero in Modern Literature
A discussion of tragic heroes in modern, American literature.
# 63174 | 9,500 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)


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Today, people do not often see the unquestionable splendor of royalty, the unrelenting actions of the hand of fate, or the importance of human interactions. Does that mean that a tragic hero could not exist in the modern world? This paper reviews what a tragic hero is and illustrates this type of character with examples from "Oedipus Rex". Then, the heroes of "The Zoo Story", by Edward Allbee, "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", by Ken Kesey, "Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, "The Catcher in the Rye", by J.D. Salinger, and the "Autobiography of Malcom X" are compared to the definition of a tragic hero. The paper concludes that modern society may not believe in crowns, robes and the hand of fate, but it believes in the ability to create revolution. It is in these revolutions that tragic heroes emerge.

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"Modern society may not believe in crowns, robes, and the hand of fate, but it believes in the ability to create revolution. It is in these revolutions that tragic heroes emerge. The act of inciting revolution and change becomes noble. By unselfish actions, courage, and honor, these revolutionaries create a new class of nobility. This idea can be seen in society, and literature is imitating it, just like Aristotle said it should. While there are still many "phonies" in the world, the tragic hero has reemerged to put them in their place."

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