Scarface - Tony Montana as a Tragic Hero

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Scarface Analysis by Marcus Liu The tragic hero genre has evolved over thousands of years and its conventions have changed with this evolution. This can be seen in the film Scarface (1983 version) directed by Brian de Palma, which tells of the tragic hero, Tony Montana’s rise and downfall as a drug dealer. Tony depicts hubris strongly, especially in the second half of the film, after his rise to power. He starts to talk about his hard work, and his pride in himself eventually causes him to trust in his partner, wife, and this eventually turns into a factor in his downfall. In one scene, after an argument with his wife, then partner, Tony yells at them from his bath, “Who put this thing together? ME! That’s who?” Who do I trust? ME!” As Tony continues to shout, the camera zooms out to a bird’s eye view of the scene, and Tony’s figure contrasts with the large room – it is in this scene that he begins to alienate those around him. The fatal flaw is often the most important convention in any tragic hero story; Tony’s flaw is his complex and volatile personality. On one hand, he can be very violent at times, and he swears and insults people liberally. On the other hand he has his virtues which he sticks to without compromise. These virtues eventually lead him to his death (he killed the assassin to prevent him from detonating the bomb as the target’s car also had his children in it). Tony’s hubris is also heavily shown in this scene. After he shoots the assassin he yells, “What do you think I am?...I told you, don’t F*** with me! I told you, no kids!” A close-up depicts his rage well, and the non-diegetic music track came to a sudden, unexpected halt when Tony shot to increase the dramatic shock of the moment. This scene depicts both Tony’s fatal flaw and his hubris strongly. Tony’s is also a very ambitious person, and this characteristic also leads him into his

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