Aeschylus Sophocles Greek Tragic Tragedy

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Greek Tragedy The religious and philosophical outlook of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides the three major Greek tragic playwrights and the outlook of each are reflected in his plays. In Aeschylus playwrights, one of his playwrights happens to be one in which the whole trilogy survives called the Oresteia and he also wrote a play called The Persians. Aeschylus who wrote primarily of war, and how hubris and arrogance can lead to disastrous results like in the Persians, which he wrote from the personal experience he saw in Persians defeat and Athenians win. The plays not looking at anything mythical but more towards the present and what was happening at that point in time. For example, in the play The Persians it says, “You see insolence once opened into flower, produces fields ripe with calamity, and reaps a harvest- home of sorrow” (BBC Ancient Greece The Greatest Show on Earth). This shows the hubris/arrogance in the play its shows how huge empires can be destroyed and the risks of war. In the readings of Aristotle, it…show more content…
In his play called The Trojan Women, about the Trojan war and to the women that would now become slaves. “Might is Fight” one soldier said to the once former princess when knowing that her son would be killed (BBC Ancient Greece The Greatest Show on Earth). In this play in shows the misery that war could bring to both sides no matter if one was the victor and the other that suffered the defeat. How war is just irrational and how hubris plays a part in all of this. In Aristotle Fear and Pity, “Fear and pity may be excited by means of spectacle; but they can also take their rise from the very structure of the action, which is the preferable method and the mark of a better dramatic poet” (Readings, p. 92). The fear and pity that is in The Trojan Women is noticeable when it is shown that the princesses son is going to be

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