The Metamorphosis of the Tragic Hero - The Classical Period

28 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2010

Date Written: September 30, 2010


When one takes an overview of the tragic tradition from Aristotle to the present. It is clear that tragedy has undergone changes in definition and practice over the years. In the light of this, the study tries to show the diversity of the tragic conception, its continuity, and major deviations from the classical order to the modern period.

Sophocles, the Greek tragedian, looked at the tragic hero in the context of the fundamental Greek concept of law, crime and punishment. To Aristotle, however, the concept of hamartia is crucial to tragedy. Consequently, Greek tragedy focuses on the action and plot and not on character, and this is crucial to the definition of the concept of the tragic hero.

The subsequent publications will look at the tragic hero in terms of the Renaissance, Neo-Classical and the Modern periods. This is crucial, because these periods clearly show a metamorphosis of the tragic hero from this clerical order.  

Keywords: Tragic Hero, Tragic, Harmatia, Gnosis, Agania, Action

Suggested Citation

Adade-Yeboah, Asuamah, The Metamorphosis of the Tragic Hero - The Classical Period (September 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Asuamah Adade-Yeboah (Contact Author)

Christian Service University College ( email )

P.O.Box 3110
Kumasi, Ashanti Region

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