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English 251 Final

English 251 Final - English 251 Final 1 Tragedy a...

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English 251 Final 1. Tragedy a. Definitions i. Modern: a drama inverse or prose of serious and dignified character that typically describes the development of a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (destiny, circumstance, society) and reaches a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion. ii. Common: something sad-with a common factor of sadness/disaster iii. Athenian: from the time of city dionsyia, tragedy referred to a specific type of dramatic performance. Plays were categorized as a tragedy by their form, time, and place of performance, not by the sadness of their plots. b. Content i. Plots usually derived from myth ii. Explicit reference to current events-usually taboo iii. Focused on family conflict and often the destruction of family conflict 2. What are the primary thematic concerns of Greek tragedy? a. Family conflict b. Justice c. Tension btw public and private duty d. Dangers of political power e. Relations between the sexes 3. What factors limit our understanding of Greek drama? a. Most of the plays did not survive 4. How does Euripides create a sense of ambiguity throughout Medea? a. The author makes you want to feel sympathy for Medea because her husband cheated on her, which is horrible, but she is also crazy and does very unacceptable things 5. Identify the specific playwrights contributions to the performance of Greek tragedy a. Aeschylus: only surviving trilogy, added second actor b. Sophocles: added third actor c. Euripides: only surviving satyr play 6. What are Oedipus’s mistakes in judgment, and which of his mistakes are avoidable or unavoidable? a. Avoidable: blows off tyresius’s advice b. Unavoidable: he married his mom and killed his dad c. Unavoidable: his wife’s suicide 7. How are the dilemmas Clytemnestra and Agamemnon face in Agamemnon similar? a. Agamemnon: The King of Argos, the husband of Clytemnestra, and the commander of the Greek armies during the siege of Troy. Agamemnon is the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen was stolen by a Trojan
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prince, thus igniting a decade-long war. A great warrior, he sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia in order to obtain a favorable wind to carry the Greek fleet to Troy. During the ten-year conflict, his Queen has plotted his death in order to avenge the killing of their daughter. He appears on stage only briefly, and behaves arrogantly. He goes to his death unaware of his fate. b.
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