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English - Tragedy Terms, Plot Elements
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a serious and often somber drama, written in prose or verse, that typically ends in disaster and that focuses on a character who undergoes unexpected personal reversals. From Greek for "goat song" (tragoidia)
a character trait in a tragic hero or heroine that brings about his or her downfall. These are inherent in the protagonist. Tragic flaws are not, by definition, "bad" character traits; rather, they are characteristics from which the reversal of the tragic hero's fortune ensues.
Greek for "insolence," excessive pride that constitutes the protagonist's tragic flaw and leads to a downfall. Disastrous consequences result when hubris causes the protagonist to ignore a wise warning for a god or other important figure, to violate some moral rule or to try to transcend ordinary limits.
From the Greek for "error," an error in judgement made by a tragic hero whether resulting from lack of knowledge or a moral flaw, that brings about suffering, downfall, and often death of that hero. Although hamartia is often used synonymously with tragic flaw, that is not correct. The error does not have to be inherent in the character.
a character who, by his or her contrast with the main character, serves to accentuate that character's distinctive qualities or characteristics.
refers to writing that intends to inform and demonstrate a point.
plot point or event that hooks the reader into the story
opponent, enemy, rival
hero, main character, lead
fight, battle, or prolonged struggle
incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest
highest, most intense part, turning point in a plot
part that occurs after the climax and after the conflict has been resolved
action of solving a problem or dispute
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