29th June 2018

L3 English, Gladiator

In the Gladiator, Maximus is an example is an Aristotle tragic hero. An Arisitoliean tragic hero possess’s five specific characteristics; hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, hubris, nemesis.

Hamartia is a flaw or error of judgement. Peripeteia is a reversal of fortune brought about because of the hero’s error in judgement. Anagnorisis is the recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero’s own actions. Hubris is the protagonist’s excessive pride. Nemesis is the character’s fate must be greater than deserved. This is not really a ‘trait’, more of an event. However, the tragic hero faces their fate with honour and acceptance. There are different moments from the film when Maximus displays that trait.

Do you believe that the plot of the film adheres to Aristotle’s rule? Justify your response with evidence from the text.

I believe the plot adheres to Aristotle’s rule. The Gladiator plot is based around one main character; Maximus. Maximus follows the rules of a tragic hero set in place by Aristotle. Because the movie is based around him I believe the plot adheres to Aristotle’s rule. A summary of the plot also states “Set in Roman times, the story of a once-powerful general forced to become a common gladiator. ” Proving Maximus is the main character.

Note down the climax and the ‘final moment of suspense’ in Gladiator. 

The climax of the film is the moment when things start to change for the character. In the Gladiator I believe this is the moment when Maximus becomes a leader in the Coliseum and defeats the enemy no one expected as a Gladiator. The moment of suspense is when things seem to potentially work out for the protagonist. This moment is the final fight that Maximus has with Commodus, as the audience we want and expect him to win and survive, he does win however does not live. Maximus’s death gives the audience a feeling of Catharsis. These two moments together also allow the audience to have a feeling of catharsis. The climax and suspense allow the audience to believe that the tragic hero may not face his final fate and gives us hope. When the tragic hero (Maximus) finally faces his fate the feelings of the audience are strong because we feel a connection with the protagonist.

When we think about our villains in King Lear (Edmund, Goneril, Regan), what similarities can you draw between them and Commodus? What are their motives? Any particular actions or language that they do/say that are similar?




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