THIS. THIS is why I hate Snape so much. Everyone says he's such a tragic hero, but he's NOT. He's a bully, and instead of taking kids under his wing, because he KNOWS what it's like to be bullied, he bullies them more than anyone else. Snape is not a tragic hero. A tragic person, sure. But Snape was never a hero. And Remus Lupin was. Every day.
And They All Fall Down: The Rise and Fall of the Modern Day Tragic Hero supports the following Common Core conceptual themes: journeys, rebellion, identity, crossroads, and perception vs reality. This research-based task and writing assignment requires students to locate relevant facts, synthesize information from multiple sources, and write an informational essay on their modern day tragic hero person of choice.
This worksheet, best used after students have finished Act V of Macbeth, requires students to explain how Macbeth meets the six characteristics of the classic tragic hero. Then, students have to identify a real life figure who also meets the characteristics of a tragic hero.