Lesson 2 How Has Human Tragedy Evolved.docx - April 6 2018 Assessment for Learning Lesson 2 How Has Human Tragedy Evolved Hamlet and Agamemnon both have

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April 6, 2018Assessment for LearningLesson 2: How Has Human Tragedy Evolved? Hamlet and Agamemnon both have strong classical elements of tragedy, including anagnorisis, hamartia, catharsis, hubris and great unexpected plot twists. However when Hamlet and Agamemnon are compared Hamlet is the more tragic play of the two plays because it offers vastly stronger in the elements of catharsis and hamartia. This is done through a multi-dimensional plot with secondary tragic storylines that are woven into the play alongside the mainHamlet narrative. Hamlet also offers audiences a more satisfying ending with no loose ends. Thiscreates a more impactful, engrossing and thus more tragic play overall.Hamlet’s most obvious strength is the untimely demise of several of the ‘innocent’ characters.These deaths strengthen the elements of Hamartia as many of the deaths are the result of mistakes or misunderstandings. These deaths include Ophelia who drowns, having been driven mad by misunderstandings and mistreatment. Gertrude who died after trusting her husband, when she ought not to have trusted him at all. Laertes who dies in a duel with Hamlet that could have been avoided. While Agamemnon features the deaths of Iphigenia, Agamemnon and

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