Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples


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A tragic hero is the protagonist of a:

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1. Who was first responsible for describing the characteristics of a tragic hero?

2. What emotions are tragic heroes supposed to elicit in an audience?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept of the tragic hero in literature. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the characteristics of tragic heroes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz focuses on the following topics:

  • Origin of the tragic hero concept
  • Effect of a tragic hero on the audience
  • Characteristics of tragic heroes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the emotions evoked by a tragic hero
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about tragic heroes

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn Aristotle's vision of the tragic hero
  • Understand what makes a tragic hero
  • Identify examples of tragic heroes