*Protagonist should be worthy of interest, concern, sympathy
*Tragic hero is not perfect, but his supreme pride gives him a unique power and dignity.
*Tragic flaw is a fundamental character weakness (ambition, pride, jealousy...)
*His disaster is inevitable, either decreed by fate or the clear consequence of his own choices or others' actions.
*He does not accept his fate meekly, but in the end accepts with faith and courage.
*His cause must be a noble one--he believes in what he's doing and remains committed.
*He is transfigured/refined by his suffering--learns from his agony--knows himself and the human condition--humbled & enlightened