There are many important differences between Greek tragedy and Shakespearean tragedy. Before we disscuss about it, it is better to know the definition of tradegy first. Hopely, it may bring a brief understanding about the differences between Greek tragedy and Shakespearean tragedy. A tragedy is a genre of drama in literature that is mainly characterized by its sad and depressing ending.
Q:-Critically analyze the structure of the plot and the tragic hero of Hamlet or Macbeth according to Aristotle’s Poetics Aristotle defined tragedy as:- “the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in appropriate and pleasurable language...in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions.” (Aristotle Poetics Ch.6)
In the story of Macbeth, we will see a lot of evil deeds and a lot of wrong doing. This type of literature is considered a tragic story. The writer is going to show the reader Macbeth’s true character in this story. By showing us Macbeth for who he truly is, Shakespeare will also reveal to us whether or not the character Macbeth would be considered a tragic hero or a Villain? So the question we should be asking ourselves here is, just because you’re considered a good person by everyone 's standards and do good deeds does that make you a tragic hero or could you still be a villain?
While persuasion may be useful, it usually leads to violence. Though violence is typically physical, it can also be defined as mental injuries to others as well. As a founder of a school of Rhetoric, Aristotle focuses on defining and emphasizing the usefulness of rhetoric and dialectic in his Rhetoric excerpt. He opens his argument saying, “rhetoric is the counterpart of Dialectic” (490), showing that in order for one to understand rhetoric, the relationship between rhetoric and dialectic should be understood first.
Sophocles does a creative job in fulfilling his main point to get people thinking about the idea of fate or free will choice from both perspectives clearly using both sides to illustrate the outcome in Oedipus the King. The question left in a reader or play viewer's mind is did fate play a role or did the actions of those involved cause the catastrophic events by their own free will choices. The Dramatic irony used unfolds the characters’ actions that are meant to avoid their fate and ultimately cause it to
The Role of Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher Art can be expressed within writing pieces, poems and short stories in various types of forms. Edgar Allen Poe uses music as a form of art to help the main character Roderick try to cope with his unstable state of mind. Roderick experiences moral dilemmas and music serves to distort his feelings unintentionally. Simiraily, the ancient greek philosopher Aristotle believed that for a balance of life one needs to encounter the bad experiences in order to feel better and move on to better times.
In the distinguished play Antigone, there is argument over who the tragic hero is, Antigone, or King Creon. A tragic hero must meet certain specifications, which include having a great influence, being essentially good with good intentions, having a weakness in them that leads to their fall, they must commit great sin which leads to conflict, that their story begins in relative happiness and ends in utter disaster, and that the hero commits their actions of their own free will. In this play, I believe that Creon is the real tragic hero and that Antigone sparks the reaction to his downfall. Creon’s position as king gives him great influence over the people of Thebes, allowing him to create laws to restrain, abstain, and assist the citizens.
The Real Tragic Hero When people think about the meaning of tragedy the first thought that reaches them is that it is an unfortunate event. However, tragedies are a little more complicated than “just an unfortunate event”. In Poetics, Aristotle states, “Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and possessing magnitude; in embellished language, each kind of which is used separately in different parts; in the mode of action and not narrated; and effecting through pitty and fear the catharsis of such emotions.” This means a play must concentrate on an important and severe issue, which will be acted out in an extremely dramatic way, and will lead the audience to feel sorry for the main character who is the tragic hero. For a character to be considered a tragic hero, he must possess certain qualities that classify him as tragic.
The plays Othello and Oedipus the King contain some differences and similarities. In the beginning, the set up of the plot depicts truth to the type of tragedy in the play. The tragedy is mainly shown by the drama whereby the main character is made to bear the excess sorrow as a result of moral weakness or flaw. Othello is the central character in the play Othello while the King is the main character in Oedipus the King. In both contexts, they suffer sorrow as the main consequence of tragic flaws or weakness (Yeats, Clark, & McGuire, 1989).