Sophocles ' Classical Greek Tragedies Essay

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The names Aristotle and Sophocles were well known throughout all of classical Greece. They are known for their teachings and writings. Sophocles was the most successful writer of Greek tragedies. He often won first place prizes for best tragedy. His most famous tragedy is Oedipus. In Oedipus it is foretold that the main character Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. Sophocles wrote another tragedy to follow the events after Oedipus called Antigone. Antigone follows the troubles that happen to Oedipus’s daughter Antigone. Aristotle spent twenty years studying at the academy as a pupil to Plato. Aristotle was also became a tutor for Alexander the Great. He wrote treatises on a large amount of different subjects. He even wrote over government and poetry. In one of his many writing he wrote Poetics which was about the makings of a “perfect tragedy.” In poetics he talks about everything that is necessary to make a truly good tragedy. In Sophocles tragedy Antigone all the requirements stated in Aristotle’s Poetics can be seen throughout the play whether it is the development of a character, the arousal of fear and pity or the realistic story presented by the tragedy. In Aristotle’s Poetics he says that a tragedy must contain a character “who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.” This condition is met with considerable accuracy in Sophocles tragedy Antigone. His character Creon…

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