Tragic Hero Hall of Shame
by Alec Payne and Matt Mims
What constitutes a tragic hero?
-is responsible for own fate
-incorporates many admirable qualities
-has a tragic flaw
-is doomed to make a serious error in judgement
-falls from great heights or from high esteem
-realizes he or she made an irreversible mistake
-faces and accepts responsibility for own fate
-faces and accepts death with honor
Incorporates many admirable qualities- Kurt gave a voice to a struggling generation. He was a talented songwriter who put emotion into his music. He was an easily relatable person. He showed others that it was ok to be themselves.
Has a tragic flaw- His drug use an isolation drove him crazy.
Is doomed to make a serious flaw in judgement- The aforementioned drug abuse and depression were leading him down a dark road.
Falls from a great height- Nirvana was one of the most influential bands of all time, with a very loyal fan base. He fell from life as one of the world's top musicians.
Realizes he or she made an irreversible mistake- Suicide is the biggest irreversible mistake.
Faces and accepts responsibility for own fate- In his suicide note, Kurt addressed the ones he left behind and said he understood the consequences of what he was doing.
Qualities Not Met
Faces and accepts death with honor- Cobain was struggling with a heroin addiction. He later killed himself with a shot that he shot within his mouth.