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Tragic flaw.

[Greek, from hamartanein, to miss the mark, err.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literature the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy
[C19: from Greek]

trag′ic flaw′

a character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy.
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Noun1.hamartia - the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfallhamartia - the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
flaw - defect or weakness in a person's character; "he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless"
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who does not suffer anagnorisis as a result of his hamartia because
Trueba interpreta este caso desde el modelo aristotelico del silogismo practico y, con ello, ubica la hamartia tragica del lado de la premisa menor que conduce a la accion.
Carthaginians ask what error they have made, what hamartia has been
Ici l'agon moral d'Andromaque est remplace par la hamartia de la cecite morale, point de depart de l'evolution tragique (25).
En la concepcion heroica, un dios puede ser a veces misericorde, pero su fuerza esta en el poder, no en el amor, por eso Prometeo cometio hamartia al ser un philanthropos en el sentido de 'amante de la humanidad', segun aparece en Esquilo, Prom.
On the contrary, Achebe himself understands that, within an Aristotelian framework, his hero is necessarily a flawed character, guilty of errors in judgement-guilty, to use the Greek term, of hamartia.
Parallel with her investigation of tragedy as both consecration and celebration, as drama marked by crisis which threatens to dissolve the whole community, is Liebler's sustained challenge to the reading of Aristotelian hamartia as referring to the tragic flaw or character of the hero rather than to what the hero does.
This reference to God notwithstanding, I have the impression that for Thomas sin remains fundamentally what it was for the Greeks: a hamartia, to miss the mark, to fail in one's purpose, to go wrong, to make a mistake, to err, a shortcoming, a defect, a privation.
Nancy Sherman convincingly shakes the traditional definition of hamartia as "tragic flaw.
Just as Aristotle's hamartia was Christianized into the famous "fatal flaw," which of course is always the sin of pride, so too Hamlet's hamartia is the much more accurate, genuinely Aristotelian "missing the mark" (the word comes from archery), being "off-target" or "misdirected.
His hamartia like that of Ozymandias or Kubla Khan lies in his belief that he can eternalize his existence through an artifice.
He thought a talk with her essential and waited for her late into the night, as if suspecting it would be her who showed him the way on his last journey, pointing him to anagnorisis, just as Oedipus would finally be able to shed both his inborn and his subjective hamartia on Kithairon.