John F. Kennedy

Tragic Hero

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is considered to be a hero as a president by many. He did great things in office, but there were also bad things he did, but in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad.

His life

He was born in 1917 in Massachusetts. He served in the United States military from 1941 until 1945. He was a World War Two veteran in the Solomon islands campaign. He earned a purple heart for saving a life. He earned his rank as a leiutenant.

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What makes him a tragic hero?

One quality that makes him a hero is the noble position he possessed. Since he was a president of the United States, I would say this is one factor that allows him to be seen as a tragic hero.


Another quality that makes him a tragic hero is his state of imperfection. The most compelling evidence for this was his affair with Marilyn Monroe.

What makes him a tragic hero?

Another quality nearly essential to be considered a tragic hero is that their own downfall is their fault. His assassination was mainly due to his efforts for keeping peace and involvement in racial issues.


The misfortune is greater than what is deserved. Considering he was trying to be a peaceful president, I would conclude that the misfortune wasn't deserved at all

Qualities he didn't fit so well.

The fall of the hero is not pure loss. Considering he was assassinated, it was loss, however there is more emphasis on president security.


The final quality is that the tragedy doesn't leave the audience in a state of depression. An assassination of a president is very depressing, so he didnt fit this quality.