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  • American Dream
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    Is there such thing as a modern tragedy What is a tragedy According to Webster's Dictionary, tragedy is defined as a drama portraying the conflict between the individual human will and fate or necessity. 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. The two plays that...
  • Play Oedipus Rex
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    There are many examples of Aristotle's views on tragedy in the play Oedipus Rex. Without these characteristics the play would not be as dramatic and well known today as it was 1500 years ago. These principles of tragedy are not only useful to the plot of the play, but also to our everyday lives. Audiences surely asked themselves, "If even the mighty Oedipus can be subjected to such a fate, what can happen to a ordinary person like myself" The relevance to our being now makes us look at the play ...
  • Exception To Aristotles Definition Of A Tragedy
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    Oedipus as a Tragedy by Aristotle's Definition A tragedy by definition is 'a drama which recounts an important and casually related series of events in the life of a person of significance, such events culminating in an unhappy catastrophe, the whole treated with great dignity and seriousness'; . The Greek tragedies are plays based on myths which were well known and enjoyed by audiences. Most of the plays encompassed certain elements that Aristotle identified in his Poetics. The five Aristotelia...
  • Example In The Play Oedipus
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    Modern vs. Ancient 'We saw her lying: she had made a noose of her fine linen veil and hanged herself. Haim on lay beside her, his love lost under ground, crying out that his father had stolen her away from him. ' Throughout history plays have evolved in many ways. For example, the theaters where they hold plays have changed drastically from the original theater. Costumes are another item that has changed, but the content of the play has always been similar, ever since they created the very first...
  • Tragedy And The Common Man
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    In Arthur Miller's 1949 essay, 'Tragedy and the Common Man,' Miller began by saying, 'In this age few tragedies are written. ' This particular essay was published in the New York Times, was also the preface that was prepared for 'Death of a Salesman' in 1949. Before Miller's 'Death of a Salesman,' there was only one type of tragedy-that which fit Aristotle's definition. For Aristotle, plays of tragedy had to revolve around kings, gods, or people of high class. In these classic tragedies, the dic...
  • Tragic About Contemptible People Dying Shakespeare's Tragedies
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    Shakespeare's theatrical works are generally categorized into three all encompassing groups: the uplifting comedy, the lamented tragedy, and the excruciatingly boring history play. However, things can get a little confusing when you end up with a comedy like Measure for Measure or a tragedy like Titus Andronicus. Often we find that many of Shakespeare's plays do not fit into their ascribed categories, but is it the plays that don't fit the categories, or the reverse Are the general groupings of ...
  • Spanish Tragedy And The Revengers Tragedy
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    The Revengers Tragedy Biography of author (s) Cyril Tourneur Born 1575 Little known about Tourneur Much of his career was spent in military or diplomatic service. The Revengers Tragedy was published in 1607, but not ascribed to Tourneur until 1656, some 50 years after his death. Tourneur was ascribed three other plays, but two of them were lost. His literary reputation lies solely on The Revengers Tragedy. In 1613 Tourneur was a government courier and a campaign soldier in 1614. In 1625 Tourneur...
  • 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...
  • Medea As The Protagonist Of The Play
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    Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald~ A tragedy can be described and executed in many ways, whether it is through cinema, television or a play for theatre, as long as it has a solemn kind of ending. It is characterized as a very sad event, action, or experience for a certain character in the piece. According to Aristotle's "Poetics", a tragedy needs six elements, a plot, character, language, thought, spectacle, and melody, as in many dramas do, but the organization...
  • 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...
  • Aspects Of Epic Drama Odeipus Rex
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    Unlike Columbine and any other mishap that is commonly mis refered Odeipus Rex is a tragedy. Not only is it a tragedy but Aristotle believed it was the pinnacle of its age. Why Nobody really knows. Aristotle is dead so we can t really ask him. He never really wrote down why he felt the way he did. Even if he did it's long gone now, used to light the funeral pyre of a marauding Celt or some other band of barbarians (Romans). We cannot be concrete in the analysis of his Re xian preference, but we ...
  • Play Everyman
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    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. A Midsummer Night's Dream I believe is unusual among Shakespeare's plays, since it is lacking a written source for its plot. The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyte was described in Chaucer's "Knight's Tale" and elsewhere. The theme of...
  • Main Element In Shakespeares Tragedies
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    Shakespeare is not our poet but the worlds, stated by W.S. Landor in 1846 (Lamb 340). William Shakespeare has given the world a whole new perspective on poetry. Usually the pieces he has written are either hated or loved. He has written comedies, romances, and tragedies. All of his pieces have been wonderful but the ones that stand out the most are his tragedies. The elements he uses in his tragedies set them above all the rest. All the tragedies, which include Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet; King Lea...
  • Greek Plays Of Tragedy
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    I am just going to blab on now, wait a second! Over the many years that have past, plays have been produced based on the events and the emotions that occur to people everyday. A theme that often affects the majority of people is the concept of tragedy, be it in love, luck or life. In the case of love, it is usually related back to people confronted by the challenge to find true love. This, however, does not always take place. The ages - from classical to Shakespeare's era and finally to modern t...
  • Historical Drama And The Dimensions Of Tragedy
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    Historical Drama and the Dimensions of Tragedy: A Man For All Seasons and The Crucible A comparison of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons and Arthur Miller's The Crucible demonstrates the potentiality of historical drama to produce melodrama or tragedy. Written at approximately the same time, both dramas depict a modern "hero of self,' both describe him as reluctant figure who tries to evade martrydom, both conceive of personal character rather than political or social determinism as the chief ...
  • Scene For The Play Being A Tragedy
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    A View from the Bridge How is it evident from the beginning of the play that it will end in tragedy? A tragedy within a play script is drama with an unhappy ending but not necessarily death. Without any reference to the play, a tragedy can be a sad event, calamity, serious accident or crime. A View from the Bridge is a tragedy because Eddie has both a serious accident and commits a crime of betrayal. Through certain aspects of the play, it's setting and the background; the idea of a tragic endin...
  • Sophocles Play Oedipus Rex
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    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 ...
  • Rules For A Genre Of Poetry
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    The subject of the Poetics is poetry, including epic poetry, tragedy and comedy. Unlike Plato, Aristotle regards poetry as a techn e. The practice of poetry is governed by rules; these rules can be formulated and taught. Poetry is rationally comprehensible. The rules for a genre of poetry can be derived from examination of individual examples of that genre, eg, tragedy. The aim is to see what, eg, tragedies, have in common. Aristotle agrees with Plato that epic poetry, tragedy and comedy are ess...
  • Six Of Aristotle's Elements Of A Tragedy
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    Professor Aristotle Jeffrey Bass Professor Willis English 250, Section 1 21 November 2001 According to Aristotle, a tragedy 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; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions' (Nahm 7). Aristotle categorizes t...
  • 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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