Presentation on theme: "Antigone. Aristotle was a Greek scholar and philosopher Wrote ideas about tragedy in a book of literary theory called Poetics. He outlined the characteristics."— Presentation transcript:
Aristotle was a Greek scholar and philosopher Wrote ideas about tragedy in a book of literary theory called Poetics. He outlined the characteristics of a tragic hero, a different type of character from what we know of as a hero.
Character must be of a “high status” in society He/she must possess nobility and virtue as part of their natural, or innate, character
The character is not perfect This enables the audience to identify with the character, even though they may be of different social class or economic status.
Called hamartia in greek terms Typically an error in judgment Usually a result of hubris= arrogance, pride or overconfidence Always a result of personal choice Not the result of destiny
The audience sees that the misfortune of the character is not entirely deserved. Somehow the character’s punishment for their actions exceeds their crime
The fall of the character is not purely depressing Something changes or takes place within the character Awareness, self-knowledge, discovery
The conclusion of the story does not leave the audience depressed The process arouses unhealthy emotions The emotions are then cleansed through watching the play This was not just entertainment, but believe to help the emotional health of the community.