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Tragic, comic? Super-hero, good-for-nothing?
Transcript of Tragic, comic? Super-hero, good-for-nothing?
nature of the hero
degree of hero's
superior in nature:
in any way
inferior to us
hero, demigod's death
the fall of the tragic hero
pity and fear:
Sacrifice of the victim,
failure of villain
pity and fear turned into sensation:
Job, persecuted Negroes or Jews
guilt: living in a guilty society
no feeling, no judgment
dinner with gods
Hercules, Divina Commedia
romantic (romance) comedy
pastoral, the frontier, the West
classical heroic comedy
Shakespeare's Tempest or Midsummer Night's Dream
catharsis of admiration and tolerance
he meets her
erotic intrigue, "discovery", social promotion
amusement and laughter
shoot that rascal
Tartuffe, Sherlock Holmes
comic irony meets tragic irony
Northrop Frye: Fictional modes, in Anatomy of Criticism
that's why we need structure