Lance Armstrong

Tragic Hero?

Qualities of a Tragic Hero

- The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness. The character must ALSO embody nobility and virtue as part of his/her character.

- Though the tragic hero is great, he/she is not perfect.

- The hero’s downfall, is partially his/her own fault.

- The hero’s misfortune is not wholly deserved.

- The hero’s fall is not pure loss.

- Though it is sad, the tragedy does not leave its audience in a state of depression.

The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness.

Lance Armstrong was a professional cyclist for many years. People looked up to him for motivation and guidance because of how good he was. He fits this quality because he was a role model for many young cyclist and bikers.

The tragic hero they're not perfect.

Lance Armstrong was not perfect. I say this even though he was a professional cyclist because he used Growth hormones, Cortisone, Erythropoietin, Steroids, and Testosterone. He also had testicular cancer which almost killed him.

The heroes downfall is their own fault.

The downfall if Lance Armstrong is completely his own fault. Nobody told him, made him take the drugs he did. He took them because of how obsessed he was with winning.
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The heroes misfortune is not wholly deserved.

After Lance Armstrong admitted to doing drugs his championship titles were stripped from him. He had his 7 Tour de France titles stripped from him, and he lost all of his other titles for other races. Yes he did do drugs to win, but he only used drugs for some races not all.
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The heroes fall is not pure lost.

Lance Armstrong did lose all of his title but not everything. He didn't lose his passion for biking and a lot of other qualities. The championships were the only thing he really lost.

The tragedy does not leave the audience in a state of depression.

The tragedy if Lance Armstrong doing drugs and losing all of his title didn't leave his fans in a state of depression because he deserved it.