Poetics

Ibsens Ghosts Vs. Aristotles Poetics

Ibsen’s Ghosts, although a relatively modern drama, maintains many classical elements of tragedy as defined by Aristotle and championed by the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. One element of displayed prominently in this case is character. Aristotle believed that there were four main elements to a good tragic hero: 1) the character must be good, […]

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Aristotle’s Poetics and Macbeth

Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is an imitation of a complete action that is serious and important and artistically ornamented with several contributing elements. These contributory essentials are the makings of sublime art which arouses pity and fear in the audience leading to a purging of emotions, which results in a state of emotional fulfillment. Macbeth […]

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Review of: Tragedy and the Common Man by Arthur Miller

Miller’s thesis in this essay is that the common man is just as able to experience tragedy to the greatest extreme just as much as the highest of kings are. He says that this should be obvious given that today, psychiatrists base their reasoning’s on “classic formulations” (Miller) such as Oedipus complexes for even the […]

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Electra – College Essay

In Aristotle’s Poetics, he described what a tragic hero is with several characteristics, and in the Greek Tragedy of Sophocles; Electra, the main protagonist really has some of these characteristics. In terms of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, Electra is considered as a tragic hero. First, she is an individual of noble stature; she […]

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English – College Essay

In “Things fall apart” by Chinua Achebe. The main character Okonkwo is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a central or main character who is usually of high noble birth and demonstrates a “fatal flaw”. A fatal flaw is a characteristic that prompts him or her to take an action or make […]

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