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January 26 - January 26, 2009 TRAGEDY Purpose, passion &...

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January 26, 2009 TRAGEDY 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 … Involves: human fallibility, tragic vision, tragic realization (catharsis) TRAGIC VISION A streetcar named desire - concerned with humanity’s helpless protest against an irrational world CATHARSIS 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 (Oedipus) o Or that human acts and suffering in an indifferent or mechanical
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2009 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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January 26 - January 26, 2009 TRAGEDY Purpose, passion &...

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