Envy and deceit are catalysts for revenge. William Shakespeare idolized Geoffrey Chaucer and allowed him to influence his plays and poems. All of his works were written in a poetic language. In the tragedy, Othello, Shakespeare uses characterization and external conflict to create Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty.
The function of a tragedy should be to arouse emotions of pity and fear in the audience to bring out emotional relief (Catharsis). The first and important element in a tragedy is the Plot. It should be an organization of events so it makes the whole tragedy. The plot must have a beginning, middle and an end. Oedipus Rex has the usual “Aristotelian triangle” involving the Exposition (rising action), climax and Denouncement (the falling action).
He, Aristotle, defined tragedy as an imitation of action, and every tragedy must have six parts – namely (and in order of importance), Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Song, and Spectacle. The parts of the Plot, namely the Reversal of the Situation, Recognition, and the Scene of Suffering, are the three man points I would like
In order to understand the concept of tragedy and the tragic both in Classical and Modern tragedy, one must analyse the views of Aristotle, the father of tragedy and a modern tragedy playwright Arthur Miller. In my opinion, Raymond Williams view of modern tragedy as ‘the conflict between an individual and the forces that destroy him’ is very accurate and roots of this can be seen in the classical tragedy. According to Aristotle 'A perfect tragedy ' should be arranged 'not on the simple but on the complex plan ', with a 'dramatic rather than narrative form ' and should 'imitate actions which excite pity and fear ' to accomplish a Catharsis. This is, in fact, the definition of the tragedy that has been used since Ancient Greece and although it
An Examination of Hamlet as a Tragic Hero Webster's word reference characterizes catastrophe as, "a genuine dramatization ordinarily depicting a contention between the hero and a predominant power, (for example, predetermination) and having a tragic or heartbreaking conclusion that energizes compassion or fear." A terrible legend, hence, is the character who encounters such a contention and endures disastrously as a consequence of his decisions and related activities. The character of Hamlet, in this way, is a reasonable representation of Shakespeare's heartbreaking saint. As the play's disastrous saint, Hamlet shows a blend of good and terrible characteristics. An unpredictable character, he shows a mixed bag of qualities all through the play's improvement.
In both dramas, William Shakespeare and Sophocles presented tragic heroes that were led to their downfalls by the power of fate, and the consequences of their freewill actions. Through Oedipus, Sophocles shows that fate will control an individual’s
Macbeth: Why He is a Tragic Hero Exactly what is a tragic hero? A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, is a literary character who makes a judgement error that leads them to his/her own destruction. They have been further described as an imperfect someone who has noble status who caused their own downfall. They are also known to gather sympathy from the audiences and readers. In the story of Macbeth, the protagonist is seen to have all the characteristics of a tragic hero.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF CLASSICAL TRAGEDY AS DEFINED BY ARISTOTLE? TRAGEDY AND ITS INTELLECTUAL VALUE Aristotle, in his Poetics, provides a series of characteristics which would attempt to define a tragedy. Alongside those characteristics brought forward, we see examples of good tragedies and bad tragedies according to Aristotle. For instance, a tragedy will have to consist of the imitation of an action. However, a good tragedy would rely on the realistic nature of the action, as well as the emotions which are procured to the audience, and in the lights of Aristotle’s argument, those emotions would be predominantly those of pity and fear.
Drama can, for the most part, be classified as either tragedy or comedy. The conventions of tragedy and comedy, such as the tragedy in Oedipus Rex and the comedy in The Taming of the Shrew, can shape the way the play is developed. Thorough analysis can reveal these dramas to be discussions of human experience. As Laurence Olivier once said: “The office of drama is to exercise, possibly exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears.
The play Hamlet is considered as Aristotle’s Poetics because it is a well written tragedy. According to Aristotle, the most important element of the tragedy is plot and followed by others such as character, diction, thought, song and spectacular. Aristotle defines tragedy as an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude. Aristotle tragedy is not a narrative and but a purgation of pity and fear which causes catharsis of emotions. Hamlet follows this definition of effective tragedy.