dramatizes the conflict between the vitality of the individual life and the laws or limits of life.
reaches a height, going beyond the experience of others but at the cost of his or her life.
Greek word meaning "overweening pride".
The Hubristic Act
some fearful act committed by the tragic heroes as they go beyond standards that reasonable people adhere to; the deed ultimately destroys them; destroys, but also shows that person (paradoxically) to be in some way more fully a living being—a person who has experienced life more fully, whether by heroic action or by capacity for enduring suffering—than the other characters in a play.
sometimes translated as tragic flaw but better translated as tragic error. Flaw implies moral fault. But it is a great "error" for Oedipus (no matter how justifiable his action) to rashly kill a man old enough to be his father and to marry a woman old enough to be his mother. But if we hold onto the translation "flaw", we have to hunt for a fault in the tragic hero's character that may diminish or even overlook the hero's grandeur.
the purging of pity and fear. This reaction in the audience is said to explain the power of tragedy to teach.
the hubristic deed backfires.
the hero perceives what has happened. For Aristotle, who described this analytical approach, recognition means literal identification