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Greek Tragedy

The major characteristics, influence, influence on other works, and tragic heroes on Greek Tragedy.

Fern Soto

on 28 August 2014

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Started with the singing of a choral lyric (called the dithyramb) in honor of Dionysus.
It was performed in a circular dancing-place (orchestra) by a group of men
Eventually, the content of the dithyramb was widened to any mythological or heroic story, and an actor was introduced to answer questions posed by the choral group. (The Greek word for actor is hypokrites, ( "answerer.") It is the source for our English word "hypocrite.")
Tragedy was recognized as an official state cult in Athens in 534 BC. According to tradition, the playwright Aeschylus added a second actor and Sophocles added a third.
Low Tolerance for Disorder:
Tragic plots tend to stress order and process -- the end follows from the beginning.
Uncritical Thinking:
Tragedy tends not to call into question the accepted order of things. To do so is to suffer the consequences.
Tragic heroes tend to approach problems and situations in a fairly straight-forward manner. Life can be understood in simple binaries -- good/bad; just/unjust; beautiful/ugly.
Convergent Thinking
: Tragedy stresses what is past and what is real. It tends to be more information-gathering based, wanting to find and resolve nagging problems.
Major Influences
Aeschylus added a second actor and Sophocles added a third.
Influences on Other Works
Tragedy is not only a literary and theatrical practice, but also serves as a reflection and standard for many philosophers and artists.
Henrik Ibsen (Author) sets tragic themes in contemporary social contexts, like in A Doll's House: the role of women during the Victorian era.
Sigmund Freud (Psychologist) linked his theory the Oedipus Complex, when boys have feelings of desire for his mother and jealously and anger towards his father to the play Oedipus.
Charles Darwin's (Biologist) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection is related to the greek tragedy Oresteia.
Tragic Hero
Virtuous character destined for downfall
Fatal flaw, error of judgement
Fated by the Gods for doom or destruction
Run away which is the cause
Ex. Oedipus

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Classics Technology Center. Roger Dunkle, 1998. Web. 2000. <http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb/netshots/tragedy.htm>. The website talks about what a tragic hero has or does and how there is usually a misfortune that happens. It also talks about the history of tragedies and how they are displayed in theatres
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By: Anna Deng
Sydney Yates
Fern Soto
Jordan Guerrero
Courtney Robinson
Rachael Katz

Greek Tragedy
Aeschylus created sequels.
Plays were performed and had to go through audition.
Sophocles added painted scenery.
Euripides clever dialogues.
Re-performed and copied into scripts for ‘mass’ publication.
Plays translated in Roman
Plato -reality
Aristotle- mental/emotional
A Doll's House
Death Of A Salesman
Murder in the Cathedral
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