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Characteristics of Shakespearean Tragedy
The hero undergoes a sudden
reversal of fortune.
This reversal excites and arouses the emotions of pity and fear within the audience. The reversal may frighten and awe, making viewers or readers of the play feel that man is blind and helpless.
The tragedy involves a person of high estate. Therefore, his or her fate affects the welfare of a whole nation or empire.
The audience will regard the tragic hero as an individual who is up against an overwhelming power that may treat him well for a short period of time but will eventually strike him down in his pride.
The tragic fate of the hero is often triggered by a tragic flaw in the hero's character. The hero contributes in some way, shape, or form to the disaster in which he perishes.
Shakespeare often introduces abnormal
conditions of the mind (such as insanity, somnambulism, or hallucinations).
Much of the plot seems to hinge on "chance" or "accident."
Besides the outward conflict between
individuals or groups of individuals,
there is also an inner conflict(s)
within the soul of the tragic hero.
The tragic hero need not be an overwhelmingly "good" person. However, it is necessary that s/he should contain so much greatness that in his/her fall, the audience may be vividly conscious of the individual's potential for further success, but also the temptation of human nature.
Therefore, a Shakespearean tragedy is never so depressing that the audience can't understand where the hero went wrong.
The tragic world is one of action. Action is created when thoughts turn into reality. Unfortunately for the tragic hero, his plans do not materialize as he may have hoped, and his actions ultimately lead to his own destruction.
The ultimate power in the tragic world is a moral order: more specifically, the struggle between good and evil.
The main source of the problem, which produces all the death and suffering, is evil in the fullest sense.
This evil violently disturbs the moral order of the world.
Evil is seen as something negative barren, weakening, destructive, a principle of death. It isolates, disunites, and annihilates. Only while some vestiges of good remain in the hero, can s/he exist. Then the evil masters the good in the hero, and it destroys him/her and those around them.
This evil is eventually destroyed, and the
moral order of the
world is reestablished.
The cycle of tragedy is as follows:
Good. . .Evil. . .Chaos. . .Death. . .
Re-assertion of Good
Tragedy is concerned primarily with one person--the tragic hero.
The central impression of the
tragedy is one of waste.