HW 4 - Drama 201 Fan WU The Bacchae - Second Homework...

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Drama 201 Fan WU The Bacchae - Second Homework Assignment (due October 7) Consider Aristotle’s criteria for tragedies and tragic heroes and decide who is the tragic hero in Euripides’ Bacchae . Is it Agave, Cadmus, or Pentheus? Aristotle’s tragic character is defined as one that reveals moral purposes, showing what kind of things a man chooses or avoids. They come in five basic forms: a) Comes in nobility b) Has a tragic flaw most cases pride c) Undergoes a reversal of fortune d) Has a downfall e) Recognizes his mistakes On one hand I favor Pentheus as the major protagonist he has a major pride, king of Thebes, has a downfall and doubt about recognize his mistake part. We are uncertain of his thought, since he was torn apart before expressing any. Mostly I would favor Agave who possess most elements of tragic hero, (a+c+d) are obvious, e is revealed through her quote of self-exile and b is revealed through her quote about her family pride, and mockery of Dionysus’ mother, her sister; pride. What is the peripetaia? What is the anagnorisis? Is there a Scene of Suffering? If so, note when and how this occurs. Peripetaia refers to a sudden reversal of fortune like in Oedipus the king, where he mounts up to luxury of royalty
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course DRAMA 201C taught by Professor Rhondaguthu during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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