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The Role of Tragic Heroes in Latin American Literature

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  • Submitted: 02/02/2009
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University Degree Literary Criticism

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WORLD LITERATURE

ASSIGNMENT 1

ENGLISH A1 HIGHER LEVEL

To what extent can Esteban Trueba from House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende and the Vicario Twins from Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, be considered as Tragic Heroes?

Name: Christina Sophonpanich

Date: 18th October 2007

Word Count: 1496

Candidate number: 000198043

Traditionally, tragic heroes begin as perfectly good characters who suffer a change in fortune from happiness to misery due to a mistaken act, which he performs due to his overwhelming natural flaw. An example of this is excessive pride, which overwhelms the tragic hero's conscience, hence leading him to violate or ignore a moral law. The tragic hero evokes our pity because he is not thoroughly evil and his misfortune is greater than he deserves. This essay aims to compare and contrast the characters of Esteban Trueba from The House of the Spirits, and Pedro and Pablo Vicario, from Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and explore to what extent these characters can be classified as heroes in a tragic drama.

From our very first impressions of the young Esteban, we are shown an ambitious

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