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  • Literary Analysis: Tragedy and MotiveA tragedy is a drama in which the major character, who is of noblestature, meets with disaster or great misfortune. The tragic hero’sdownfall is usually the result of one of the following: • fate, or the idea of a pre-planned destiny • a serious character flaw • some combination of bothMotive is an important element of a tragic hero’s character. Acharacter’s motives guide his or her thoughts or actions. Often, thehero’s motives are basically good but misguided. As a result, the herosuffers a tragic fate that may seem undeserved.Although tragedies are sad, they can also be uplifting. They show thegreatness and nobility of the human spirit when faced with gravechallenges. As you read the final act of Romeo and Juliet, considerwhat positive message is conveyed by the tragic events.
  • Reading Skill: SummarizeSummarizing is briefly stating the main points in apiece of writing. In summarizing the action, it isuseful to first identify causes and effects. • A cause is an event, action, or emotion that produces a result. • An effect is the result produced by the cause.Tragedies often involve a chain of causes andeffects that advance the plot and lead to the tragicoutcome. Recognizing the sequence will help yousummarize plots like the one in this play.
  • Using the Strategy: Cause-and-Effect ChartAs you read Act V, use a chart like this oneto record causes and effects.Cause Effect/Cause EffectJuliet takes the Everyone thinkspotion. she is dead.
  • Literary Analysis: ComedyComedy is a form of drama that is lighter in mood than tragedy, endshappily, and aims primarily to amuse. The humor in comic plays mayarise from one or more of the following elements: • funny character names and witty dialogue • incongruous situations, such as a woman in high heels stomping grapes or a clown conducting a meeting • character misunderstandings, and mistaken identitiesThe humor of comic situations often relies on dramatic irony, which isa contradiction between what a character thinks and says and what theaudience knows. In comedies, the audience often knows the truthwhereas the characters remain unaware. As a result, the characters’statements and behavior are often misguided or inappropriate,provoking laughter from the knowing audience.
  • Reading Skill: Draw ConclusionsA conclusion is a decision or an opinion that you reach based ondetails in a text. In drawing conclusions about a play, consider statedand implied information. To draw conclusions about characters in aplay. • Consider what the dialogue reveals about characters personalities and circumstances. • Read stage directions closely for details about the scene and about characters’ appearances and behavior. • Note other details that could prove essential to the plot or ideas.
  • Using the Strategy: Conclusion ChartAs you read, use a chart like the one shown to record conclusions youdraw about characters. Information Provided Conclusion Traveler wants to He thinks he is an talk about important man. himself.