Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples


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In which type of literature does a tragic flaw occur?

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1. Another word for tragic flaw could be

2. In the Divergent series, why is Tris' trait of self-sacrifice a tragic flaw?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Tragic flaws have been frequently used in literature, perhaps most famously in Shakespeare's plays. This quiz tests your knowledge of tragic flaws and famous examples of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is meant to test your tragic flaw understanding in the following ways:

  • Recall the type of literature in which tragic flaws occur
  • Know other terms for tragic flaw
  • Explain why a given character's trait is a tragic flaw
  • Remember other famous characters' tragic flaws
  • Determine a tragic flaw from character descriptions

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the important information from the quiz's corresponding English lesson
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider the tragic flaw best relating to a given character description
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you have gained about tragic flaws

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples covers the following objectives:

  • Define tragic flaw
  • Use examples of Shakespearean characters who had tragic flaws
  • Apply the concept to modern literature