WHAT IS AN AristotelianTragedy?! Im glad you asked Aristotellan tragedy(air-ist-oh-tea-lian):is Aristotle”s idea of a tragedy which includes a plot, character whom should have certain characteristics, a thought, diction of a certain demeanor, song, and a katharsis.
The Plot The plot should have a beginning, middle, and end. There should be a climax in the middle and a resolution at the end. In the end Okonkwo dies and his culture continues to become less prominent.
Character The main character should be realistic , true to themselves at all times, true to type, must be logical, and idealized. Okonkwo fits the realistic and true to type characeristic because he is seen as a “hard” . He is very stern. He is also consistent with his mindset. Okonkwo isn’t logical, he reacts before he thinks.
Thought Thought is where something is proved to be or not to be. In Things Fall Apart, the district commisioner realized that changing the tribe WAS wrong.
Diction Diction should express the meaning in words which are appropriate to the plot. There should be metaphors. In the book there are tons of metaphors. The diction used in narration helps to show how poetic the tribe’s words are.
Song or Melody Aristotle argues that the Chorus should be fully integrated into the play like an actor; choral odes should not be “mere interludes,” but should contribute to the unity of the plot. There aren’t any melodys in Things Fall Apart.
A KatharsisA Katharsis is a cleansing. In Things Fall Apart, the district commisioner’s mind was cleansed. He realized that changing the tribe was wrong.