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Oedipus and elements - Sudden reversal • Anagnorisis...

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6/14/11 Sophocles Oedipus the King (428 B.C)
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6/14/11 Aristotle’s Poetics (330 B.C.) Elements of drama Plot Character Thought Diction Music Spectacle
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6/14/11 Aristotle’s Poetics Tragedy Memesis: plays and actors strive to imitate life Hamartia: a character’s flaw or error (literally “missing the mark”) Peripeteiai: Sudden reversal
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Unformatted text preview: Sudden reversal • Anagnorisis: moment of recognition 6/14/11 Past vs. Present • Past events compete with present action to form the plot of Oedipus the King . • Emphasis on revelation of the past directs attention to the realm of language rather than to the onstage action...
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