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    Beowulf Tragic Hero

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    hero" is nothing new; it has been in use from as early as 335 BCE, when it was introduced into Greek theatre as a character element in tragic plays. Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, first documented such a character in his book Poetics, defining a tragic hero as "a [great] man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake" (Else 38). Thus, it should not be a surprise…

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    Looking Closer “I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me”: a thoughtful and poetic outlook on life as we know it (89). Taking place in Paris and England, A Tale of Two Cities, a novel, written by Charles Dickens, displays an opposition of personalities between the two main characters in the novel. Sydney Carton is a miserable lawyer’s assistant who has no reason to live, while Charles Darnay is an optimistic former Aristocrat of France who makes rash decisions. These two…

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    41-45) As seen in this quote, Creon truly believes that he is doing what is best. He is under the impression that that the people should not give Polynices proper burial rites because he is a traitor. As Aristotle said about tragic heroes in his book Poetics, “Such is a [great] man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake.” (Aristotle and Else, 38). Just like the tragic hero of…

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    Greek tragedy is most definitely defined as a tragedy, because of the common knowledge that everyone dies at the end. However, the question between artists and fellow art appreciators is what defines a tragedy? At the Academy Awards how is it possible to pick one film over all of the others? Aristotle answered this question back in his lifetime of 384-322 B.C. Aristotle’s opinion of a true Tragedy is still effective to this day. His favorite play, and best example of a tragedy, is Oedipus Rex,…

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    According to Aristotle’s definition of tragedy as it is stated by McManus (1999), tragedy is the replica of one’s actions as it is brought in a dramatic way and not narrated. It is also mentioned by him that tragedy is much more profound than history simply because history just state facts or figures of what happened during that time while tragedy exaggerates of what may happen in that certain situation. The aim of tragedy is to consummate its catharsis of such feelings like “Fear” and “Pain”.…

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    the next phase, distillation, is when the emotions of pity and fear are strengthened. Finally, the last phase of the catharsis process is purging, when the emotions of pity and fear are forcefully removed. According to Aristotle, as he wrote in the Poetics, the purpose of a catharsis is to purge people of their emotions. The first vision that Cassandra sees is that of Agamemnon’s death. Cassandra says, “You…

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    need to define the terms history play and tragedy, which are key instruments for the analysis. This essay suggests that they are not mutually exclusive theatrical genres, and thus can be combined in one dramatic work. From the times of Aristotle’s Poetics, tragedy is supposed to portray exceptional characters suffering and experiencing misfortunes that climax in the catharsis – emotional purification felt by the compassionate audience. History play represents actual events that took place in the…

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    the mirroring story of Lear in Shakespeare's ‘King Lear’ presents both men as tragic figures, although it is arguable if Gloucester fills the requirements set out by the tragic heroes in the stories from Ancient Greece as well as his King does. In Poetics, Aristotle defines the tragic figures downfall as something that “must not be the spectacle of a virtue,” meaning that the focus of the tragic figure should not be on the loss of their wealth and status. The figure must allow the audience to…

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    Hamartia, or the first step in Aristotle 's theory of the tragic hero, explains that the play must demonstrate a flaw or error of judgement. The play offers an illustration of "hamartia" throughout its prose, as at the beginning of the play; Oedipus thinks he is free of guilt. However, his rash anger leads him to unknowingly kill his real father, King Lauis, at the crossroads. The murder of Oedipus ' father is one of the essential links in his downfall, which indicates that his anger is a very…

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    Sutpen's eccentric actions cause pain for others, but his tragic fate at the end indicates the carnivalesque reversal. Being a character in a historical novel, Sutpen’s doom at the end surpasses the personal to encompass the fate of the people he represents. In other words, his narrative acquires an allegorical dimension: He is the typical embodiment of eccentricity as he carries his "design" at the cost of human lives and their dignity. Sutpen’s tale of rise and fall is the story of the…

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