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Beatrice Joanne - The Changeling
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Just as it sometimes happens that deformed offspring are produced by deformed parents, and sometimes not, so the offspring produced by a female are sometimes female, sometimes not, but male, because the female is as it were a deformed male."
Aristotle's words, as quoted from Generation of Animals, bring to mind, a comparable proximity to the definition of the word 'changeling'.
Typically, a tragic hero, according to the Aristotelian definition, must be of noble birth and nobler intent, flawed only by the hubris that carries him to his doom. The tragic hero must carry within himself all virtues but one which is enough to invoke a feeling of either pity or disgust towards the end. Moreover, the fall/death of the tragic hero is also punctuated by self-realisation and awareness of the flaw, which may or may not be followed by remorse; the presence or absence of which, incurs in the reader/audience, a corresponding sense of pity or disgust.
If one were to consider this generic definition of the tragic hero, Beatrice Joanna fails the eligibility criteria by a total miss. Yes, indeed, she is born of noble lineage; the daughter of a wealthy government official Vermandero, but fails to register in the minds of the reader, any act of noble intent. Beatrice, from the very first act, comes across as a deceitful, arrogant and vain woman, with less than little kindness for the less fortunate. ...
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