A hamartia is a "tragic flaw" in the protagonist, and it is directly translated as a mistake or error in judgment. An example would be that Oedipus is said to have a hasty temper; that would be a character flaw that coul... More »

Most of Shakespeare's tragic heroes have some kind of tragic flaw, including Hamlet's hesitant nature and Romeo and Juliet's impatience, along with the protagonists of many classical tragedies, such as Oedipus and his ne... More »

Odysseus is a hero. As one of the main characters in Homer's epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," Odysseus is one of the prototypical heroes of Western Literature. More »

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In literature, a comic hero is the protagonist or main character of a comedy. They are often more complex, or at least more difficult to neatly define, than tragic heroes, who may be thought of as their literary counterp... More »

In classical and traditional literature, the protagonist is the main character of the story while the antagonist is the character or group of characters who oppose the protagonist. Both words come from the Greek language... More »

The term inherent risk refers to the possibility of loss coming out of a situation or at work within a particular environment before any action has taken place to change or control the environment, and an example would b... More »

In Sophocles’ play, "Oedipus Rex," Oedipus’ hamartia, or tragic flaw, is his arrogance. This arrogance leads him to search for a truth that ultimately destroys his life. More »