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Medieval Theatre

Medieval Theatre - Tragic Realization The hero alone and...

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Tragic Realization The hero, alone and willful asserts his or her intellect and energy against the ultimate mysteries of an imperfect world The realization that follows the hero’s efforts usually takes one of two directions o That, despite suffering, a world order exists and people can learn from suffering o Or that human acts and suffering in an indifferent or mechanical universe are futile (a street car named desire) But at the same time the hero’s protests against the nature of existence are to be celebrated *Peripeteia or reversal- the hero gets what they want, but what they want turns out to be destructive. Purpose, passion, and perception The play begins with a purpose, such as finding the source of the plague in Oedipus Then as the path becomes tangled and events unfold, the tragic figure begins an extensive process of soul-searching and suffers and inner agony—the passion The perception of the truth involves a fate that the tragic figure would rather not face. It might be death or, as in Oedipus exile.
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