tragic flaw

  1. the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
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How To Use tragic flaw In A Sentence

  • In the good old days, cocaine was the ‘magic bullet’ against alcoholism, morphinism and that ‘vicious habit’ of nicotinism, but it had one tragic flaw - people liked it.
  • Your hamartia is your: a. tragic flaw that leads to your downfall. Blogposts |
  • Their tragic flaw, of course, was the relatively arbitrary assignment of these functions to areas, and the belief in the corresponding shape of the skull.
  • Aristotle's idea that a tragic hero acts from a hamartia or mistake rather than evil intent was distorted into a theory of the so-called tragic flaw and was applied to describe foibles of Hamlet and Othello (jealousy).
  • The "Nemeses" grouping calls attention to Roth's continuing concern with men who may not be stricken with what's often defined as a "tragic flaw" but who nevertheless come to live debilitated lives of their own making. David Finkle: Easy Reader: Philip Roth's Nemesis an Instant Classic
  • If there is any tragic flaw in her character, the playwright has turned the blind-spot to it and evidently wishes us to do the same.
  • The concept of a tragic flaw, after all, is strangely comforting, even absolving.
  • It was for Alexander a tragic flaw, or hamartia, a Greek word meaning to miss the mark when shooting an arrow Christians would later use the same word to mean “sin”. Alexander the Great
  • Tragedy is a story or play that has a significant conflict of morals, with a noble protagonist displaying a tragic flaw that is their strength but leads to their downfall.
  • Now, if you were to just pop over to the PS3, and set the environment variable DISPLAY to, for instance, "laptop:0.0", and run an xterm, you'd discover a tragic flaw in this scheme: Permission denied.
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