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“Write now”. Select one of the following quotes from the play and explain if you agree or disagree with the quote. We are only women, we cannot fight with men. Impossible things should not be tried at all. Good lives are made so by discipline.

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write now
“Write now”
  • Select one of the following quotes from the play and explain if you agree or disagree with the quote.
    • We are only women, we cannot fight with men.
    • Impossible things should not be tried at all.
    • Good lives are made so by discipline.
    • Money! There is nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
    • There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.
    • There is nothing so comfortable as your own safe skin!
    • Words are not friends.
    • Who can say that a man is still alive when his life’s joy fails? He is a walking dead man.
tragedy

Tragedy

Aristotle

imitation of an action
Imitation of an action
  • Replicating an original action, feeling, or item.
  • Serious moral implications
  • Not limited to one character; an entire action
a play the necessary medium
A Play: The Necessary Medium
  • Play = One Day
  • People can come together to experience the same emotions
purpose
Purpose
  • Catharsis (i.e. the purging of strong emotions or relieving of emotion tensions, especially through certain kinds of art)
    • Watch the play
    • Feel the emotions (fear, pity, sympathy, etc.)
    • Purging of emotions
  • Play = controlled environment
    • Better together than alone
unity
Unity!
  • Action – simple plot; no subplots
  • Time – no more than 24 hours
  • Place – Cover one physical space
the tragic hero
The Tragic Hero
  • Better than the average person
  • Good fortune to Bad Fortune
hamartia
Hamartia
  • Change that comes or a mistake that the hero makes.
  • Change DOES NOT have anything to do with the god’s or divine will.
  • Change depends SOLELY on the free will of the hero.
peripety
Peripety
  • The action performed by the tragic hero accomplishes the OPPOSITE of the action’s intent.
recognition
Recognition
  • The hero must realize that his/her actions have created their own bad present or future.
  • Recognition comes by their own reasoning!
  • Cannot be through means of other people (a letter, a character telling them, etc.); needs to be a real change of belief
pathos
pathos
  • Last item for the tragic hero
  • Destructive or painful act that the character experiences (e.g. death, stabbing eyes out, etc.)
  • This final emotion/action is necessary for the hero to be considered tragic.
what the tragic hero is not
What the tragic hero is noT!
  • Person from good moral figure to bad moral figure.
    • No fear or pity is created
    • Morally repugnant
  • Wicked person from bad to good fortune
    • Least tragic of all
    • Does not evoke sympathy, fear, or pity
    • No reason for a wicked person to have good fortune if the goal is to purge oneself of negative emotions.
  • Wicked person from good fortune to bad fortune
    • Creates sympathy (good)
    • Does not create fear or pity (bad)
who is the tragic hero
Who is the tragic hero?
  • Directions:
    • First, decide who the tragic hero of the play is.
    • Second, make of list of how the character fits all four stages of the tragic hero.