The Renaissance. 1485-1660. The Renaissance. Meaning: “renewal” Refers to the renewed interest in classical learning and literature—the writings of ancient Greece and Rome.
Refers to the renewed interest in classical learning and literature—the writings of ancient Greece and Rome.
Because of the emphasis on human ability and new discoveries, the Renaissance is often considered the beginning of the modern world.
Renaissance in England was gradual, due to political instability
Henry VIII (8th) (1509-1547)
many interests, skills, talents
General Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)- led Parliamentary forces (Puritans) against England’s royalist (Roman Catholics) forces in civil war. Eventually, new government failed and the king was restored to the throne, beginning the Restoration Period.
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The main character, called the tragic hero comes to an unhappy ending.
The tragic hero is generally a person of importance in society, such as a king or queen.
The tragic hero exhibits extraordinary qualities, but also a tragic flaw, which is a fatal error in judgment or weakness that leads directly to his or her downfall.
The hero faces an antagonist, his enemy, who may contribute to his downfall.
A series of related events leads to a catastrophe, which involves the death of the hero.
The tragic hero usually recognizes his or her tragic flaw by the end and gains the audience’s sympathy.
The tragic hero meets his or her doom with courage and dignity, reaffirming the greatness of the human spirit.