This question came up at work: "Is there a tragic hero in Children's Literature? Please focus on the books written for those in the 3rd - 7th grade. Any thoughts on why a character is a tragic hero, or why there are none."
My initial, off the cuff responses:
any King Arthur or Greek Myth retold would probably work
Peter Pan by Barrie, tragic hero is Pan
Blubber by Judy Blume; the main character’s flaw wanting to be part of the popular crowd which backfires on her (under this, I think any other of the current mean girls / wanting to be popular books, such as Koss’s The Girls, would also work.)
DiCamillo’s Despereaux (the supporting character of the rat, I forget his name) and, while I haven’t read it, I think her Edward Tulane would also work
Harriet the Spy, tragic hero Harriet? Perhaps a stretch, but her “flaw” in reporting/ investigating leads to her being excluded by her peers
The Dustfinger character in Funke’s Inkheart / Inkspell books
The Tree in The Giving Tree
The Fish in the Rainbow Fish – his flaw is wanting to fit in with his peers so he conforms and loses what is unique about him (I guess you can tell I’m not a fan of this book!)
Plus these titles were added by a colleague at work:
Luke from Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Series).
Matteo from The House of the Scorpion
So: do you agree or disagree? What titles would you add?