Heroic Literature!!!!

Does any 1 know a heroic character in
literature?

Robin Hood

Usually, the main character in very famous stories, poems, legends, etc., are considered "heroic" -- Macbeth, Oedipus, Hamlet, et al. Below is a section dealing with tragic heroes:

----------------
Definition of a tragic hero: a literary technique used to point out the potential greatness of a hero who has a tragic flaw that causes him to fall from the favor of the people.

Five common characteristics: (1) noble or unusual birth (2) tragic flaw in personality (3) fall from the favor of the people for deeds or personality (4) remorse (5) catharsis

(from www.m-w.com)
ca*thar*sis (noun), plural ca*thar*ses

[New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein to cleanse, purge, from katharos]
First appeared circa 1775
1 : PURGATION
2 a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art
b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
3 : elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression

I don't know if I agree with your assertion that MacBeth, Oedipus and Hamlet are from the genre "Heroic Literature". I agree that they have a tragic flaw, but in terms of Heroic, I think more accurate represntations exist in Beowulf, Finnesburg etc...and of course some of the Greek literature. Usually to be classified as "Heroic" there needs to be the basic inference of the "heroic code" as well as valor in battle, superhuman strength, and the main character as a moral agent working against the foces of evil in order to complete his mission.
I don't see these qualities in...well...MacBeth for sure. Possibly a little bit in Oedipus, and Hamlet, but I don't think I would classify any of these works as "Heroic Literature".

  1. 👍
  2. 👎
  3. 👁

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. english 1

    1. Which of these is an example of direct characterization? A. actions or thoughts that reveal what a character is like B. dialogue between a character and other characters in the story C. an authors description of a character's

  2. LA

    Which of the following is an example of direct characterization? Two characters explain why they are angry with a friend. The story's narrator describes a character's personality and appearance. (MY ANSWER) One character reacts to

  3. English

    Match the vocabulary words with the appropriate definitions. A.allusion B.flat character C.rhyme scheme D.stock character E.round character unchanging character-B reference to other works or events-A complex or main character-E a

  4. Character's Responses Quick Check 6B

    How does an author show the development of a character in a story? a. by providing the physical descriptions of all the characters in the story b. by showing how the characters respond to different events in the story c. by

  1. english

    Which sentence is the correct definition of direct characterization? A. The author describes a person’s thoughts to tell readers about a character. B. The author uses specific adjectives to tell readers about a character***my

  2. Language arts

    Which lines from White Fang would be the best to include in a character analysis about the main character, White Fang? i need help with this test Writing & Analysis of Characterization Quiz

  3. English

    Which of the following techniques do authors use for indirect characterization? A. describing the character’s parents and siblings B. describing the character’s physical appearance C. describing the author’s personal

  4. English

    1. A narrator who is also a character in the story is? a. first person b. second person** c. third person limited d. third person omniscient 2. Which of the following details would be considered part of the setting? a. the

  1. Language Arts

    1. The excerpt shows evidence that it is from a Greek myth because Answer: C. the gods interact with humans. 2. Based on the details in the summary, what does the hero of the myth suggest about the culture in which it was created?

  2. ELA

    1. Read this excerpt from “The Medicine Bag.” “Then a terrible thing happened to Iron Shell. He and several other young men were taken from their homes by the soldiers and sent far away to a white man’s boarding school. He

  3. English

    Which would be most useful in writing a character analysis? A. a list of all the characters in the story B. a conversation between the character and others C. a map of the character’s hometown D. a description of the place where

  4. LA

    Read the excerpt from “On the Mountain” That's when it happened. A three-hundred-year-old Douglas fir extended a root like a big, gnarled foot across the path and, not seeing the hazard, Jess fell right over it and landed hard

You can view more similar questions or ask a new question.