Does any 1 know a heroic character in


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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

ca*thar*sis (noun), plural ca*thar*ses

[New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein to cleanse, purge, from katharos]
First appeared circa 1775
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".

Yes, you are correct. Macbeth, Oedipus, and Hamlet are not typically considered examples of heroic characters in literature. These characters, while complex and tragic, may not possess all the qualities typically associated with heroes in heroic literature.

In the context of heroic literature, a heroic character is usually depicted as having noble or unusual birth, a tragic flaw in their personality, a fall from the favor of the people, a sense of remorse, and ultimately undergoing catharsis or a purging of emotions. These characters often embody the heroic code, exhibit valor in battle, possess superhuman strength or abilities, and act as moral agents working against the forces of evil.

Examples of heroic characters in literature include Beowulf, who displays great courage and strength as he battles various monsters, and characters from Greek mythology, such as Hercules, who undertakes great feats to atone for his tragic mistakes. These characters exemplify the qualities typically associated with heroes in heroic literature.

To find a heroic character in literature, you can start by identifying works that fall into the genre of heroic literature, such as medieval epics or mythological tales. Then, look for characters within those works who exhibit the characteristics of heroes as mentioned above.

It's important to note that the classification of a character as heroic can sometimes be subjective, as different scholars and critics may have varying interpretations of what constitutes heroism in literature.