Oedipus

Oedipus - Tragedy - Makes a special statement about human...

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Tragedy - Makes a special statement about human fallibility o Balance between being invincible and being vulnerable o Achieving greatness as well as suffering defeat Tragic Vision o Oedipus - concerned with seeking meaning and justice in an ordered world o Death of a Salesman - concerned with humanity's helpless protest against an irrational world Tragic Realization/Catharsis o The hero, alone and willful, asserts his or her intellect and energy against the ultimate mysteries of an imperfect world o The realization that follows the hero's efforts usually takes one of two directions: That, despite suffering, a world order exists and people can learn from suffering (Oedipus) The acts and sufferings of humans in an indifferent world are futile, yet the hero's protests against the nature of existence are to be celebrated (Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman) But at the same time the hero's protests against the nature of existence are to be celebrated Tragedy o Aristotle says its important that the hero of tragedy not be too perfect, someone
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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