According to Aristotle’s theory of tragedy and the most confirmed definition of the central character, Oedipus from the Greek play, Oedipus Rex, is considered of a classical model of the tragic hero. Oedipus, being the tragic hero of the play, must demonstrate an essential element to arouse emotions of pity and fear within the audience to achieve the emotional catharsis or purgation. With that being noted, Oedipus had to have some features and characteristics to ensure the state of purgation throughout the audience. In fact, Oedipus as a character in the play has all the features of the tragic hero Aristotle has concluded about. Firstly, for the reader to understand why Oedipus in the Greek play, Oedipus Rex is a classical example of tragic hero, one must know the theory.
We have read deeply moving tragedies from Euripides and were fascinated by Turgenev’s texts. These two authors have set a criterion for humanities and allowed us to visualize the arts and tools humans make through the characters in their work and their style of writing. Each author brings a significant factor to the standards of humanities and we can truly acknowledge them for that. We will first begin with Euripides and his investigation on cultural forms. Euripides was a Greek playwright whom Aristotle called the most “tragic” of the Greek poets.
Homer’s Illiad vs. Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ song Achilleus and its devastation, which puts pains thousand fold upon the Achaians” (1.1). As the opening of the Iliad delivers a strong sense of rage instilled by Achilles, discontent and uproar are clear themes that Homer is trying to present in his work. Homer’s great epic was transformed into a war film that strives to depict those events described in the Iliad. Granted, the events that take place in the film stray away from those in Homer’s original work, but the Iliad only inspired the movie, it was not a complete replica of what he wrote. Major as well as minor aspects are evidently removed or altered, and can be seen when comparing the poem to the film.
king Lear is a tragic hero because of three main reason. first, he showed his weakness by being excessively emotional, gullibel and impulsice. Second, he made two major mistakes in the play, one being the exile of all his loyal people, and the other is by giving away his power while he is still the king. Thrid, in the play, King Lear experienced three different situation, reversal, recognition and suffering. Therefore he meets all three of the key element of a tragic plot according to Aristotle.
With close reference to Shakespeare's use of dramatic methods show how he presents Lear's behaviour in the first act of the play. To what extent do you think Lear represents a tragic hero in this act? Shakespeare uses a variety of dramatic methods in the first act to present Lear as a tragic hero. Shakespeare tragedy is closely linked to Aristotle's classical precept of tragedy. The protagonist must be an admirable but flawed character that the audience must be able to sympathise with.
According to Aristotle’s hypothesis of a tragic hero the character must be of some form of nobility, suffer from some form of error in judgment, go through a period of reversed fortune, and finally recognize that the error was actually caused by his own actions. The concept of tragedy is deeply embedded into both plays however
The tragedy of a play is driven by the tragic hero facing a tragic conflict. In reference to the above statement, compare the tragic vision of the plays you have studied. Consider how these plays might be staged to ensure the vision is relevant to a modern audience. The Tragic Hero prefers death to prudence. (Mason Cooley) Tragedy, the dramatical downfall and degradation of a hero, a structure that ensues a destructive pattern that ultimately leads to chaos.
Commonly regarded as Euripides’ most controversial work, Medea is a powerful story of how one’s impassioned love can turn into furious hared. As a tragedy, it is completely unlike the Aristotelian work, yet it has a nerve jarring impact due to the unforseen climax. Throughout the play, Euripides has positioned minor characters to subsidize the major characters. The clever work of Euripides also suggests that the less significant characters are used in the play to develop the plot of the play and also to reveal and recall the events that could not have been shown. As a result of this, secondary character present dramatic importance throughout the play.
Aristotle’s Poetics is not only relevant to Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Aristotle’s muse for the writings of his Poetics was Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex as well as works from other ancient Greek plays such as Homer, who Aristotle described as a ‘supreme poet of serious subjects’. This is indicative of Aristotle’s appreciation for the works of these ancient Greek playwrights, as Homer complemented him in his Poetics. Aristotle’s Oedipus Rex was the pinnacle of tragedies; he drew inspiration from several key components of this play to create his own great work that would contribute an enduring philosophy of theatre. This discussion will first seek to demonstrate the extent to which Aristotle drew directly from Oedipus Rex to highlight the key components of tragedy and the value of Aristotle’s principles in what makes a tragedy. I will also however, go on to examine how far Aristotle’s criterion for a successful tragedy has been applied to other genres of theatre, for instance the satire that became particularly popular in the eighteenth century.
Oedipus Argumentative Paragraph Aristotle’s Poetics deeply describes what makes a tragic story, and what makes a tragic hero. With respect to the topics of Reversal of Situation, Scene of Suffering, and a Good Character discussed by Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal example of a tragic hero. As Aristotle describes, reversal of situation is, “a change by which the action veers round to its opposite, subject always to our rule of probability or necessity.” (Aristotle 199) Here, Aristotle explains how a reversal of situation is an unexpected turn of events, by which the first intention was to clear a situation positively but ending up impacting it in a negative way. An example of this in the play Oedipus would be when the messenger came to Oedipus to tell him about the ‘good’ news about his ‘mother’ whom turned out not to be his mother. This situation led to a reversal of situation in which by the end of it, Oedipus says, “Enough, Enough!