Read the scenario below and answer the question that follows.
Tim is the king of the Kingdom of Tragedy. Quick-tempered and unkind, he admonishes the faults of his staff and takes no responsibility for his mistakes and errors. He rarely relates to his people. He is proud and is eventually deposed from his throne when his people revolt. He flees the kingdom and escapes into exile in the Kingdom of Comedy.
Does this character fulfill the characteristics of a tragic hero? Explain your answer.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:
Tim does not meet the requirements of a tragic hero. Though he is of noble status as a king, Tim does not relate to his people; rather, he asserts his superiority and power over them. He does, however, possess the tragic flaw of hubris (excessive pride). However, the audience needs to empathize with a tragic hero; Tim's attitude and temperament do not make him sympathetic, especially when he is deposed as a result of it.