Aristotle’s Six Elements of Tragedy
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Outline of Aristotle's essential elements of tragedy.

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Aristotle’s Six Elements of Tragedy Aristotle’s Six Elements of Tragedy Presentation Transcript

  • The artist does not just copy the shifting appearances of the world, but rather imitates or represents Reality itself, and gives form and meaning to that Reality. In so doing, the artist gives shape to the universal, not the accidental.
  • Serious in the sense that it best raises and purifies pity and fear; serious in a moral, psychological, and social sense.
  • Not just a series of episodes, but a whole with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The artist selects only those aspects which give form to universal truths. View slide
  • Language must be appropriate for each part of the play. View slide
  • Tragedy first raises the emotions of pity and fear, then purifies or purges them. Others say that the play arouses emotions of pity and fear in the spectator and then purifies them or purges them