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Dramatic narrative in which serious and important actions turn out disastrously for the protagonist or tragic hero
1. Is of great importance to his state or culture a. Is of noble birth or high social station b. Or important leader in his/hersociety
Moral health of society is identified with hero Hero’s story is also that of his state
Not thoroughly good or evil But they are better or greater than the rest of us: a) Moral worth b) Social significance.
Disastrous change of fortune Reversal of events Either of the above throw hero from heights of happiness to the depths of misery.
Might be a flaw in character Error in judgment Or pre-ordained fate
Arrogant pride may cause hero to disregard divine law, moral code, or fate.
Of the truth of his situation Or of his identity
Because hero is not an evil person his misfortune is greater than he deserves Hero’s story moves us to fear or terror We identify our own fallibilities and errors in judgment
These feelings of fear and pity are purged or purified through catharsis. Tragedy leaves audience feeling not depressed, but relieved and sometimes elevated.
Tragedy Literary Terms Source: C. Hugh Holman’s
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