Theater Genres

Theater Genres - Theater Genres Tragedy How do we know a...

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Theater Genres Tragedy How do we know a play is a tragedy? Serious implications Something is changing in a fairly profound way Aristotle defined it as… There often is a moment of reversal for the main character, which is often linked to a moment of recognition Ex. Reversal of fortune profound downfall change in status Involves something that effects a great number of people Creates feeling of catharsis Requires awareness, intensity Implies more of a downfall than death Involves some level of understanding Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman) Tragic Hero If what they want & what they lose is great (big reversal ) & recognize it, then they are a tragic hero They have a hamartia (tragic flaw) Catharsis Emotional release, depth of feeling close to pain, but yet there still is a feeling of relief Comes from the motion of purging bad emotions or fears (relief) Catharsis purges & cleanses you may be painful in the process, but beneficial
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