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What is a Play? Play is like a blueprint, not complete until performed needs space and an audience when read, the reader ends up “imagining” the play Aristotle: Foundation of Western Play Structure Greek Philosopher (384-322 BCE) spoke about plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides a century after they were produced Published lecture notes called The Poetics Student of philosopher Plato -Disagreed with him that theater had a purpose The “Greek Connection” between Poetry and the Play Great deal of play’s value in its verse or poetry - Aristotle: both po etry a nd dra m a imitated life, dra m a imitated action - Aristotle refers to playwrights a s Poets, (The Poetics) - Back to original th e at er: th e e pic poe m recited by a po et (Hom er) The Classical Greek Definition: From Aristotle Tragedy: - high born characters (Kings) - Hamartia : Tragic flaw - Secret that leads to Reversal of Fortune creates the character’s downfall which creates emotional cleansing catharsis
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