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Tragedy. Classical Theatre. In the Classical Theatre Tradition, there are 2 types of plays: Comedy- ends with marriage Tragedy- ends with death. Tradition. Tragedy was developed in Ancient Greece (shortly after the Odyssey was written) in the 5 th and 6 th Century B.C.E.

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Tragedy

Tragedy


Classical theatre

Classical Theatre

In the Classical Theatre Tradition, there are 2 types of plays:

  • Comedy- ends with marriage

  • Tragedy- ends with death


Tradition

Tradition

  • Tragedy was developed in Ancient Greece (shortly after the Odyssey was written) in the 5th and 6th Century B.C.E.

  • Elizabethan playwrights, like Shakespeare, modernized it, but the basics are still the same.


Tragic hero heroine

Tragic Hero/Heroine

  • The audience must be able to sympathize with the protagonist (hero/heroine).

  • Hero/Heroine must be:

    • high Status (noble/royal/warrior)

    • courageous

    • loyal

    • self-sacrificing


Tragic flaw

Tragic Flaw

  • Hero/heroine must have a tragic flaw.

  • Tragic Flaw: the character flaw in the person that makes him great and special but also leads to his downfall.


Free will

Free will

  • Even if fate plays a role, the hero must also have free will. He must chose a course of action or make a decision that leads to his downfall.


Demise

Demise

The play MUST end with the hero’s/heroine’s untimely death.


Catharsis

Catharsis

  • Catharsis is the Greek word meaning "cleansing" or "purging.”

  • Tragedy is meant to give the audience Catharsis by getting negative emotion out of their systems (like how you feel after having a good cry).


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