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Why is it such a tragedy??. Final Analysis of Julius Caesar. Think of the las t time you heard this:. “That was a real tragedy.” or “That was so tragic.”. “Tragedy is when I cut my finger.” . “Comedy is when you fall down a sewer.” . -- Comedian Mel Brooks . But what is

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why is it such a tragedy

Why is it such a tragedy??

Final Analysis of Julius Caesar

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Think of the last time

you heard this:

“That was a real tragedy.” or “That was so tragic.”

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger.”

“Comedy is when you fall down a sewer.”

-- Comedian Mel Brooks

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But what is

Literary Tragedy?

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Tragedy

A tragedy is a dramatic form with a few distinguishing characteristics:

1. The story focuses on a TRAGIC HERO - a person of high rank.

2. This character experiences a “reversal of fortune” that ends in his downfall.

3. Audiences feel pity for the character (called a catharsis)

4. The character contributes to his downfall because of a

Tragic Flaw (hamartia)

A character’s tragic flaw is the weakness in his/her character that causes the character’s downfall.

Some common examples of tragic flaws are pride, jealousy, greed, anger, and idealism.

tragic heroes in pop culture
Tragic Heroes in Pop Culture

AMBITION

ARROGANCE

LOVE

INFIDELITY

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Literary Tragedy or Not?

  • Your neighbor loses his job and family because of an obsession with alcohol.
  • The king of a country does more and more bad things. Eventually he is thrown in jail because he bragged about it on Twitter.
  • The president of a foreign country is assassinated by a group of rebels.
  • A once-proud senator is kicked out of office for taking bribes from special interest groups.
  • A city councilman follows corrupt colleagues because of his trust of others and ends up guilty of fraud.
writing assignment
Writing Assignment
  • In an answer of at least one written page, explain how the play is an example of a literary tragedy. Who do you argue is the play’s tragic hero?
  • Be sure to explain how the play is an example of Literary Tragedy.
  • Be sure to explain how your character choice is an example of a tragic hero.
  • Be sure to explain the character’s tragic flaw.
  • Be sure to use real events from the play to support your answer.