Jennifer Kate Hudson

Tragic Hero by: Sydney Boisselle

What's a tragic hero?

1. 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.

2. Though the tragic hero is great, he/she is not perfect. We should see in him or her, someone who is essentially like us (flawed), although perhaps elevated to a higher position in society.

3. The hero's downfall, is partially his/her own fault. In fact, the tragedy is usually triggered by some error of judgment (called ham atria, meaning "tragic flaw") or some character flaw that contributes to the hero's lack of perfection. Often the character's hamartia involved hubris (which is defined as "a sort of arrogant pride or over-confidence")

4. The hero’s misfortune is not wholly deserved. Punishment is often more than the crime.

5. The hero’s fall is not pure loss. There is some increase in awareness, some gained self-knowledge, some discovery on the part of the tragic hero.

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


Jennifer Hudson was born on September 12, 1981. Jennifer started off singing when she was 7 at her church, which shows that she is a tragic hero because she hasn't always been famous. Hudson worked hard for her way to the fame. She was a member on the third season of American Idol in 2004. Jennifer made it to the finals but shocked her fans when she was cut and finished 7th. She wasn't a winner and it didn't get handed to her, she had flaws, accepted them and kept trying. In 2008, she lost her mother, brother and nephew. They were killed by her brother-in-law so it was a very tragic situation. She stopped performing and avoided all public eye for three months. This was here downfall, but, she picked herself up in 2010. Her first public appearance after the murder of her three family members was at the Super Bowl XLIII, when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Arizona Cardinals. She gained so much respect after this situation, she is a very strong woman. Jennifer joined weight watchers and went down five dress sizes. Her motivation of never quitting and pushing herself to the best she can be is what inspires so many people. She's known for her voice, for her story and being a weight watchers spokes women. She inspires those who want to lose weight or get somewhere with their voice. In 2015, Jennifer stands tall and healthy with many music awards and continuing to inspire others.
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