The Tragic Heroine Of Love And Obsession

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Who is the real tragic hero in The Madea, Madea, the princess of Colchis or Jason, the king of Iolcus? The tragic story is about a woman Madea, whom gives up her home, family and everything else in her life for Jason. Against her father’s wishes she helps Jason defeat his quest to a Golden Fleece. Madea eventually marries Jason and raises two sons. Unfortunately, Jason abandons Madea and marries the beautiful daughter of Corinth. Madea went from a lover and partner in crime to an obsessive prideful monster. Madea becomes furious and comes up with a plan to make everyone around her suffer, including her children but especially Jason. By looking at the story The Madea, one can see the plot is a tragedy, which is important because of the murders Madea commits. Madea’s obsessive pride and inability of the separation of her and Jason drove her to destroy everyone she loves. Jason cannot be the tragic hero because he brought the situation upon himself. Madea gave up her family and life for him and Jason does not appreciate anything she did for him in order to escape and marry him.
Aristotle’s De Poetica defines tragedy as mimetic, serious and contains rhythm. A tragedy also contains six elements; plot, thought characters, song, diction, and spectacle. Tragedy arouses feelings of pity and fear and then turns these feelings with catharsis. According to the ideas laid out by Aristotle, for a tragedy to arouse pity and fear, a tragic hero’s life makes a wrong turn. As quoted by Aristotle he describes the perfect plot of a tragedy “A well-constructed plot should, therefore, be single in its issue, rather than double as some maintain. The change of fortune should be not from bad to good, but, reversely, from good to bad.” (17). The plot in Madea arouses catharsis to the audience, making the story interesting and complex. Aristotle states a tragic hero is an important individual who makes an error and must deal with the consequence.
Aristotle states the tragic hero is a noble character from a wealthy prosperous family. Madea was a princess with knowledge on sorcery, medicines and enchantments until those powers were taken away. Another characteristic Aristotle states is hamartia. Hamartia is a major flaw in the tragic hero that drives her into making the wrong turn. Pride and the way Madea punishes everyone around her, including her children because of Jason’s betrayal is her tragic flaw. In her evil plot she deceives Jason and everyone else and gains his trust only to betray him. She kills Jason’s new wife and his father in law with the poisoned gifts she made her children deliver. The last characteristic in which Madea enhances is her hubris. Her desire for revenge becomes excessive and she believes murdering her sons will hurt Jason more than it will hurt her. “Women, my task is fixed: as quickly as I may to kill my children, and start away from his land and not, by wasting time, to suffer my children to be slain by another hand less kindly to them”...

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