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Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Fumo » Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:22 am

I've done a quick search and can't find a duplicate thread. So, who is your favourite tragic figure (historical or fictional)?

I'd have to go with Alan Turing.

I think he made very valuable contributions to society, in both a theoretical and practical way. I find his prosecution and chemical castration to be rather depressing. His cyanide-apple death is laced with a kind of beauty.

How about you?
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Postby Desiree Iluminada » Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:35 am

In this case I must preface my response with this disclaimer: my fave tragic hero/ine? OTHER THAN ALLECTO.......... :twisted:

Right now (my other favorites can sometimes change!) I'd have to say, the Prophetess CASSANDRA, cursed by Apollo, BELIEVED BY NO ONE. I know what it is to be ignored and belittled, to be scorned and called a liar, when I am trying desperately to get others to see some coming disaster, including the ranting from me that everyone I knew, almost, IGNORED from mid-1997 on, about how the al-Qaeda was definitely going to strike directly at America someday soon... "No, doll, nothing like that could possibly ever happen; we're safe..." Righto. Fools. :cry:

I imagine Cassandra :cry: , the slave-girl, the unwilling harbinger of doom, tearing her lovely hair in agony that I completely understand when the curse of the House of Atreus was coming down upon the land, and murder was taking place inside the palace she could not enter, and no one would listen; I do SO understand...they called her mad; in the end, she went mad.

I'm not quite there YET. Close, and very sad, true; but not quite stark raving mad.

When I go mad, it shall NOT be quietly. :shock: People around here don't call me the "Doomsday Diva" for nothing! :evil:
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Blackholesun693 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:06 am

My favorite is probably Maximus Decimus Meridius from The Gladiator[i][/i]. After being practically handed the reigns to the Roman Empire, he's betrayed by the emperor's son, who has his entire family killed. He spends the rest of the movie fighting to free himself from slavery and kill the bastard who killed his family and the father-like figure that was the emperor's father. The final scene in the movie really gripped me.
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Postby Music From The Elder » Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:50 pm

Boudica http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica. Going up against Rome, there was just no way she could have ultimately won.
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Arquinsiel » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:14 pm

In fictional terms I've always been fond of Elric of Melniboné. To explain why is to ruin the story for those who haven't read it. Go read it. Now.

In reality, possibly a bit controversial, possibly a bit sterotypical but... Erwin Rommel.
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Postby Braveheart » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:31 am

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Postby Carpathian Dark Princess » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:52 am

Prometheus and Antigone for my fictional. As for historical, Joan of Arc and to a lesser extent, Artemesia Gentileschi, who isn't hero in any historical context, but a painter, who was one of the first feminists who expressed it openly during the artistic Baroque movement. I just feel so sorry for what her "mentor" did to her...
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Music From The Elder » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:02 pm

Arquinsiel WroteColonIn fictional terms I've always been fond of Elric of Melniboné.
Isn't there a connection between him and Monsieur Zenith? Who, by the way, is one of my favorite antiheroes.
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Postby Letalis Senium » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:29 am

Well, since we've had Cassandra, I vote for Agamemnon. Who says a nice bath is good for you? ;-)

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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby kitsune » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:22 pm

carpathian_dark_princess WroteColonPrometheus and Antigone for my fictional. As for historical, Joan of Arc and to a lesser extent, Artemesia Gentileschi, who isn't hero in any historical context, but a painter, who was one of the first feminists who expressed it openly during the artistic Baroque movement. I just feel so sorry for what her "mentor" did to her...


Oh cool, you're like my tragic hero doppleganger.

I can't get behind the Confederates because of the whole slavery thing, but I think Stonewall Jackson seems like a pretty nifty (kooky) guy. It sucks that he got shot by his own men.
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Arquinsiel » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:18 pm

Music From The Elder WroteColon
Arquinsiel WroteColonIn fictional terms I've always been fond of Elric of Melniboné.
Isn't there a connection between him and Monsieur Zenith? Who, by the way, is one of my favorite antiheroes.
As far as I know elements of Elric's character are intended to pay homage to Monsieur Zenith, but I haven't read any of the Sexton Blake stuff so I can't really go into detail on it.
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby Carpathian Dark Princess » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:14 am

kitsune WroteColon
carpathian_dark_princess WroteColonPrometheus and Antigone for my fictional. As for historical, Joan of Arc and to a lesser extent, Artemesia Gentileschi, who isn't hero in any historical context, but a painter, who was one of the first feminists who expressed it openly during the artistic Baroque movement. I just feel so sorry for what her "mentor" did to her...


Oh cool, you're like my tragic hero doppleganger.

I can't get behind the Confederates because of the whole slavery thing, but I think Stonewall Jackson seems like a pretty nifty (kooky) guy. It sucks that he got shot by his own men.


In order to uphold my "honor" as being a Black American, I'm required to be pro-Union, but I hold Robert E. Lee in high regard.
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby snowwhitecomplex » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:48 pm

My favorite tragic figures is

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, he loved Cathy with such an intense honest passion but her rejection twisted him into a monster bent on revenge. There were so many momments in the book when my heart just hurt for him. Especially when he overheard her say that it would degrade her to marry him.
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Re: Favourite Tragic Hero?

Postby ENFECTION » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:50 am

Someone mentioned Elric on Melnibone. Nice ;) I Liked Corum a lot too.

But I would have to go with either William Wallace, or Eric Draven. :)
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