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Depiction of some catastrophic, realistic action that will arouse pity and fear in the one who sees it, and purge him of an accumulation of upsetting emotions
An imitation of an action that is serious, complete, of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions
That pride or overconfidence which leads a man to overlook a divine warning, or to break a moral law
Hero of a tragedy
Hero must be in a high social position, must posses a tragic flaw, which brings disaster
The character's actions turn on him or discovery (the character moves from ignorance to knowledge); Oedipus realizes he killed his father/married his mother
Chorus chanted or sang its part with music, and moved at the same time; strophe as they moved to the left; antistrophe as they moved to the right
(497-406) man of many talents, interested in civic affairs and became treasurer of athens, wrote over a hundred scripts and won eighteen Dionysia festivals, introduced a third actor and reduced the size of the chorus to fifteen
Lofty mountain range separating Boeotia from Megaris and Attica; sacred to Dionysus; associated with Oedipus because that's where he was found
A son of Hermes; god of the shepherds and the flocks, loved music and invented the syrinx or shepherd's flute; led the nymph's in dance, but frightened people because he has the legs and horns of a goat
The blind prophet of Thebes who revealed to Oedipus that Oedipus had murdered his father and married his mother
A brief statement of truth; "Seek and you shall find only that escapes which was never pursued"
A contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true
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