Tragedy and Aristotle (ninth grade)

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The definition and parts of a tragedy as laid out by Aristotle

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Tragedy and Aristotle (ninth grade)

  1. 1. I’m Aristotle, and I’m a big, frickin’ deal. I’m a Greek philosopher who wrote a book called Poetics that described (among other things) the best types of dramas. I broke them into tragedies and comedies. I said tragedies are the best!
  2. 2. A Tragedy is a story that concerns a person (protagonist) who basically good and of great importance. That person has what I call a tragic flaw. He just can’t help himself!
  3. 3. The flaw really messes up his life. In fact, the protagonist is either ruined or KILLED by his or her flaw. His downfall is called the catastrophe.
  4. 4. Before he falls, the protagonist will recognize the cause of his problems is his own fault! This makes the audience feel pity and sympathy. If it makes the audience emotional in response, it’s called a catharsis.

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