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- A tragedy is loosely defined as an event which ends in calamity or distress. However, Aristotle’s Poetics provided us with a more detailed set of guide lines with which to define the genre of Tragedy. He stated that the real pathos is effected by our awareness of some wasted, admirable quality/ies in the protagonist, the realization of which is invariably obstructed by the pride of that character.
- He describes the species and components of a plot in great detail. For completeness, a plot must have a beginning, middle, and an end. A plot should be structured so that every part is necessary for completeness.
- These divisible sections must, and do in the case of Macbeth, meet the criterion of their respective placement. In an excerpt from Aristotle’s “Poetics” it states: “The separate parts into which tragedy is divided are: Prologue, Episode, Exodus, Choric songs, this last being divided into Parodos and Stasimon.
- Aristotle could be considered the first popular literary critic. Unlike Plato, who all but condemned written verse, Aristotle breaks it down and analyses it so as to separate the good from the bad. He studies in great detail what components make a decent epic or tragedy.
- One may argue that the Greek playwright, Sophocles modeled his play Oedipus Rex on Aristotle’s definition and analysis of tragedy Since according to Aristotle’s definition, a tragedy is an imitation of action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished artistic ornaments, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not narrative with incidents that evokes pity and fear of a persons emotions Also Aristotle identified the basic six parts a tragedy as being plot, character, thought, melody, diction and spectacle which he co
- In the century after Sophocles, the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy. His definition: Tragedy then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions.
- Tragedy is defined as an extremely sad or fatal event or course of events; a story, play, or other literary work which arouses terror or pity by a series of misfortunes or sad events. The first important tragedies appeared in ancient Greece in the 400s B.
- Macbeth: A Tragedy? Is William Shakespear’s Macbeth, truly a tragedy? Aristotle interpreted tragedy as a genre aimed to present a heightened and harmonious imitation of nature and in particular, those aspects of nature that touch most closely upon human life.
- In consideration of the plays we discussed in class, the dramatic contents of each play reflect and develop a category of it’s own. Some that deal with comedies, morality, and other’s with, tragedies, whichever the case maybe each play has its unique style and theme.
- Aristotle said a play has to have four elements to qualify as a tragedy: 1) noble or impressive characters; 2) the main character’s discovery or recognition of a truth about himself; 3) poetic language; and 4) the ability to arouse and then soothe the audience’s pity and fear.
- ?When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.? Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth?s manhood, and because his morals are not strong, he succumbs to it.
- Over the course of time, many things tend to change significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles? writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus. Hamlet exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis whereas Miss Julie epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect.
- The question of what defines tragedy has been an issue addressed by several different literary minds since the day of Aristotle, the first person to define tragedy. When Aristotle first defined tragedy he believed tragedy was something reserved for a person of noble stature.
- A discussion of a variety of dramatic works from Agamemnon to Hamlet demonstrates the range of development of the tragic form, from the earliest Greek to the later Shakespearean tragedies. There are two basic concepts of tragedy: the concept introduced by Aristotle in his Poetics, and the concept developed by Frederick Nietzsche in his The Birth of Tragedy.
- The subject of the Poetics is poetry, including epic poetry, tragedy and comedy. Unlike Plato, Aristotle regards poetry as a techne. The practice of poetry is governed by rules; these rules can be formulated and taught. Poetry is rationally comprehensible.
- Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death.
- First off, everyone has hubris. I have it, you have it, we ALL have it. I can think of many instances that are related to the “tragedy” in which America shows an immense amount of hubris. For one, so many Americans have begun to think that all Arabs and Muslims are out to get them.
- First of all to understand how Oedipus the King fits the description of tragedy we need to know what the description is. Fortunately Aristotle?s description is kindly provided and explained in detail. It is described that poems have to include certain elements to be called a tragedy.
- Caesar obviously struggles with his counterparts during his own death scene. Humor or puns are illustrated when the cobbler describes himself as a ?mender of bad soles.
- In Death of a Salesman, Miller presents us with a new version of what we define as tragedy If we look to the Greek plays such as Oedipus Rex, we are shown very fixed ideas of tragedy that involve a hero falling from high stature to the depths of depravity by the mistakes that he has made Indeed, Aristotle termed tragedy as downfall that was not the fault of the hero However, he produced his definitions based largely on The Theban Plays and so perhaps gives us reason to question these archaic prescriptive terms Moreover, if we are to ascertain whether or not Willy Lowman is able to “play the tr