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  • Elements Of Classic Greek Tragedies
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    Tragedy and Drama In a range of dramatic works from Agamemnon to Hamlet, one sees 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. ' Many dramas can be reviewed to reveal the contrast between these two concepts of tragedy, and demonstrate the development of the tragic f...
  • Writing About Its Relation To Greek Tragedy
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    Willy Loman is often described as a Tragic Hero. To What Extent is "Death of a Salesman" a Tragedy Critics have hotly debated the question of whether Willy Loman is a tragic hero or whether Death of a Salesman is a tragedy. Dramatic tragedy was invented and defined by the Greeks. 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 or fault in himself; 3) poetic language; and 4) the...
  • Greek Drama The Hero
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    The character that once was Samson Agonistes, "her otic renowned/, No strength of man, or fie rest Wild beast, could withstand: Who tore the lion as the lion tears the kid"; (Samson 125-127) is no longer. Instead he is a prisoner of his enemies chained and blinded by them, deceived by his own wife. In this story we see how Samson, after such heretic activities, traces his steps back and speaks of his down fall. The chorus, his friends, console him encouraging him to speak about his life and try ...
  • Greek Tragedy
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    "Staging of A Tragic Drama" Much of our knowledge of Greek theater comes from archaeological studies and historical writings of the time. By the 600's B.C., the Greeks were giving choral performances of dancing and singing at festivals. Trade gies were performed as part of an important yearly religious celebration. Greeks then later staged performances in the Theater of Dionysus. Ancient Greek theaters were outdoors, that seated thousands of spectators for annual contests in acting, choral singi...
  • Persians A Proper Tragedy
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    Is The Persians a proper tragedy or just a piece of dramatized military and civic propaganda? Can it be both? Illustrate your answer with close reference to the text. The Persians is the only Greek tragedy to focus on a subject other than mythology, and this fact in itself should tell us something about the playwright's concerns. Why did Aeschylus not turn to mythology if he had a point to make about war? Greek mythology is full of wars and heroes, and playwrights of the time could find ample ra...
  • Sea By Minos
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    I find the most fascinating of ancient writings to be Greek mythology. Writings produced by the early Greeks, in my opinion, even rival modern day literature. Hard to believe considering everything the human race has experienced and endured up to this point. With so many Greek tragedies, my favorite has to be "The Flight of Icarus". Our story begins on the isle of Crete. The earliest known settlers were the Minoans. King Minos ruled this island nation. This Greek tragedy involves an inventor nam...
  • Ancient Greek Tragedies
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    The Greek Tragedy The tragedy was a large part of people's lives in ancient Greece. Tragedies became prominent long before Christ was born. A tragedy, or goat-song, usually were seen during festivals in ancient Greek times. Tragedies gradually increased in seriousness until they were given utmost importance. Greek tragedies began at a festival in honor of a god, there were three great tragic authors, and all tragedies include a tragic situation. Greek tragedies began at a festival in honor of Di...
  • Ten Years After The First Tragedy
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    Wars and the effects on ancient Greek theatre Grant Kohler Before the year 479 BCE, most of the innovations from the Greeks were art in its most common form and in the mathematics and sciences. Examples of this are Pythagoras in 525; he developed a throw about right triangles. It wasn? t until aproxiamtely 458 Bce that the first tragedy was created. Drama had existed before this, but in other forms. What we consider drama first began simply as a chorus of singers, usually singing in dactylic hex...
  • Aristotle's Components Of An Ideal Tragedy
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    Defining a Tragedy Greek philosopher Aristotle proposes components of an ideal tragedy in his work, Tragedy and the Emotions of Pity and Fear. According to Aristotle, there are six components of a great tragedy: plot, character, thought, verbal expression, song, and visual adornment. He dissects these components in great detail and provides standards for all of them. In his play Bacchae, Euripides resembles much of Aristotle's components of an ideal tragedy. Euripides has only few deviations fro...

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