Aristotelian Tragedy by Dominic Kuang Aristotelian Tragedy The character must be good but imperfect, and act appropriately for their class The character must fall down from a high position to a low one due to a singular flaw, perhaps a hubris There must be only one reason that this character falls, and all plot events relate to this After the catastrophe, the hero may reach a realization - an anagnorisis - that the events were caused due to his actions The tragedy should arouse pity and fear in the audience, and they should feel ‘purged’ of this at the end of the play, a physiological effect called catharsis Stage Audience Thought, diction, melody, and spectacle are also important aspects to a tragedy Note: for the full notes, see the section under the slide, or go to View> Notes Page Works Cited "Aristotle’s Ideas About Tragedy." Http://cuip.uchicago.edu. University of Chicago, 26 Aug. 2001. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. <http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~ldernbach/msw/xhgkaristrag.pdf>. Browning, Valerie. "ARISTOTLE & THE ELEMENTS OF TRAGEDY." ARISTOTLE & THE ELEMENTS OF TRAGEDY. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. <http://glacierpeak.sno.wednet.edu/teachers/vbrowning/AP_Lit/Antigone/ tragedy.doc>. McManus, Barbara F. "Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy." Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy. N.p., Nov. 1999. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. <http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/poetics.html>.