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An Analysis of Literary Drama 1 Running Head: An Analysis of Literary Drama An Analysis of Literary Drama Karen White Professor Zuidema English 102 December 9, 2006
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An Analysis of Literary Drama 2 I. The reader will Compare and contrast Willie Loman and Oedipus as tragic heroes, as defined by Aristotle. A. Who is Aristotle? 1. Research Aristotle life to explain his thoughts on a tragic hero. B. Define Tragedy. 1. Define Tragic Hero. a. Aristotelian tragic hero. b. Modern fictional tragic heroes. C. Discuss why Willie Loman is a tragic hero. D. Discuss why Oedipus is a tragic hero. E. Conclusion.
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An Analysis of Literary Drama 3 Karen White Professor Zuidema English 102 December 9, 2006 An Analysis of Literary Drama Literary analysis is defined as the study of a literary work by a critic, student, or scholar; a careful, detailed reading and report thereof (Google, 2006). In this paper the reader will be analyzing two different classic literary dramas. The reader will Compare and contrast Willie Loman and Oedipus as tragic heroes, as defined by Aristotle. Who was Aristotle?, One of the greatest Greek philosopher and scientist of his time, Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in a small town in Thrace called Stagira, which is modern day Stavro, located on the northern coast of the Aegean(Ferguson,1972). Nicomachus was Aristotle’s father; he worked as a physician for King Amyntas II of Macedonia and many friends in the royal court (Milch and Patterson, 1999). Some people believe that Nicomachus may have played a big part in Aristotle’s interest in academics and science. According to the
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Analysis of Literary Drama 4 Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy at the age of seventeen, after the death of both of his parents his guardian Proxenus sent him to Athens (“Aristotle”, n.d.).While in Athens, Aristotle met Plato, who became his teacher and a father figure, at Plato’s Academy (“Aristotle”n.d.). Aristotle stayed at the academy for twenty years, working as a teacher at the end of this period to support himself (Milch and Patterson, 1999). Although Aristotle did agree with a lot of Plato’s teaching, he continued to be a huge influence on Aristotle thinking. Aristotle had several philosophies on ethics. He believed that the world revolved around happiness and the way to obtain happiness was through virtuous life. He also believed “Moral virtue is a relative mean between extremes of excess and deficiency, and in general the moral life is one of moderation in all things except virtue” (Milch and Patterson, 1999). Tragedy is defined as “A type of play characterized by the depiction and dramatic treatment of misfortunes, disasters, and/or the death of the main protagonists. The main protagonist(s) is often afflicted by a "tragic flaw", a character problem which is related to the tragic outcomes” (Acosta, n.d). “Tragedy is the imitation of an action;
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