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In his Poetics, Aristotle layed out the elements necessary for a tragedy to be effective, and based on his formula, he considered Sophocles’s Oedipus the King as the quintessential tragic hero. According to Aristotle, a tragedy must be an imitation of life in the form of a serious story that is complete in itself; in other words, the story must be realistic and narrow in focus.
A good tragedy will evoke pity and fear in its viewers, causing the viewers to experience a feeling of catharsis. Catharsis is a Greek word which means “purgation” or “purification”; After several plot twists, the viewers or readers should feel a strong sense of emotion for the hero — often pity or a sense of triumph. The viewers or readers should also feel different emotions (anger or disgust) to the hero as he was about to or is undergoing through changes for himself and the people around him.
According to Aristotle, the characteristics of an ideal tragic hero must be “better than we are,” a man who surpass the skill and knowledge of normal people. In Oedipus’s case, he is superior not only because of social standing, but also because he is smart: he is the only person who could solve the Sphinx’s riddle. Aristotle also argues that a tragic hero must evoke both pity and fear, and the best way to do this is if he is imperfect. A character who shows his good and evil side is more appealing to the audience or readers than a character who is flat, either good throughout the story or evil. Oedipus is far from perfect because even though he is clever, he is far from being wide. He is blind to the truth and stubbornly refuses to believe Teiresias’s warnings.
Although he is a good father, he unwittingly fathered children in incest. A tragic hero suffers because of his hamartia, a Greek word that is often mistakenly translated as “tragic flaw” but really means “mistake”. Oedipus’ mistake like killing his father is made unknowingly as it was implied that it is the only solution to his problem — his fate.
In the film Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale, Jr. is portrayed as a troubled teen who went through great lengths to commit fraud just so he could achieve his dreams and desires, and to possibly achieve the life he was dreaming. This tragic event in his life was greatly influenced by his parent’s divorce. In the beginning of the film, it was shown that Frank always thought that he has a happy film even though they do not have much, money wise. But when she caught her mother having an affair with his father’s friend, he was distraught. When his parents announced that they were getting divorced, he reached his limit and ran away from home. After running away, he learned to deceive people for his own desire. He became one of the most wanted people in United States of America but he was able to redeem himself through being hired as a fraud specialist of the FBI.
The film was based on reality. There was a biographical novel released about Frank’s life before it was adopted as a film. 
I consider Franks as the 21st Century Oedipus because like Oedipus, he started off as a good person but then the events in his life pushed him to commit unacceptable behaviors, but after going through all those problems, in the end he was able to redeem himself. 
The film has the same elements for it to be a good tragic story and for Frank to be a good tragic hero as what Aristotle argued in Poetics.

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