representations of serious actions, which turn out disastrously for the main character.
what happens in the play
the foundation of a tragedy, plot is often more important than the character because its the actions of the character that are imitated
unity of action
essential; each incident of action causes another incident and each has been caused by a previous incident.
poetic not common or slangy and consists of high forms of diction: verse, choral odes, soliloquies, antiphonal passages.
pity and fear
pity the hero's suffering but also fear for him, recognize ourselves in the hero, and empathize with him/her.
strength, pride, innocence, goodness, idealism, trying to do too much too soon, falsely precieves life,
he is neither thoroughly good or evil, he is rather better than most of us (person of higher moral standing). suffers change in fortune because of a mistaken act or error due to tragic flaw.
tragic hero's can be interpreted as an error of judgement, a selection of wrong alternative
is the immediate price the hero pays for his mistake, but gives him his identity.
with self; tragic hero could not have acted differently than he did
suggests that the hero had it coming to him.
chorus repeats and enlarges upon the actions of the main characters.
wit, word play
ridicule of weakness
comedy of manners
humorous play, fast moving and improbable
practical jokes with violent humorous actions
subtle, traditional, love
language used in comedy