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A serious play in which the chief figures, by some peculiarity of character, pass through a series of misfortunes leading to a final, devastating catastrophe. divided into 5 acts.
Tragedy
"missing the mark". a tragic flaw(misperception), lack of insight, or blindness that ironically comes from one's own strengths and abilities. (Brutus's patriotism)
Hamartia
"recognition". moment of tragic recognition in which the protagonist realizes some important fact or insight, especially a truth about himself, human nature, or his situation.
Anagnorisis
a negative term implying both arrogant, excessive self-pride or self-confidence.(leads to downfall)
Hubris
opposite of hubris. implies a humble and constant striving for perfection and self-improvement combined with a realistic awareness that such perfection can't be reached.(if one thought to have reached arete they would fall into hubris)
Arete
"sudden change". The sudden reversal of fortune in a story, play, or any narrative in which there is an observable change in direction. (downfall of protagonist)
Peripetia
An emotional discharge that brings about a moral or spiritual renewal or welcome relief from tension and anxiety. the end of a tragedy.
Catharsis