Aristotle - Aristotle "On Tragedy" [This is a selection...

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Aristotle "On Tragedy" [This is a selection from Aristotle’s book called The Poetics .] 1) Tragedy defined: a) “imitation of an action”: he is similar to Plato in that he says it is imitation, but makes it imitation of action not of character… b) “serious”: distinguishes Tragedy from Comedy c) “complete, and of a certain magnitude”: distinguishes it as beautiful enough to be a Tragedy d) “in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament”: by which he means rhythm, harmony and song. e) “in the form of action not of narrative”: distinguishes Tragedy from Epic. f) The goal of tragedy is katharsis of emotions such as pity and fear. [There have been many translations of katharsis: two are “ennobling” and “purging.”] 2) Since there are persons acting, Tragedy needs Spectacular equipment, Song and Diction. 3) Plot: the arrangement of the incidents. 4) Character: that in virtue of which we ascribe certain qualities to the agents. 5) Thought: when a statement is proved or explained. 6) Six Parts determine the quality of the tragedy: Plot, Characters, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, and Melody: every Tragedy must have each. [Is this contradicted later when at one point he says that Character may not be necessary and at another time
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