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Today I think I’ll use… Hamartia


It’s fun to use obscure literary and rhetorical terms that nobody knows for techniques that we use all the time.

Hamartia is a fancy word for the ever-popular “tragic flaw” in a character, the built-in time bomb that’s going to bring the sumbitch down. In classic literature, it usually causes the character to make decisions or perform specific acts that bring about the exact opposite of what he wants.

Sounds like fun.

Hamartia. Go ahead and use it!

4 comments on “Today I think I’ll use… Hamartia

  1. John W. Howell
    November 12, 2014

    I had my Hamartia removed last year. The recovery was a bitch.

  2. 1WriteWay
    November 12, 2014

    Kind of like people not voting … the “tragic flaw” in our culture 😉

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 13, 2014

      Oh man, don’t get me started! I’ve been in a deep funk ever since that election. 😡

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