Tragedy in Drama Definition and History

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What does the term 'tragedy' originally mean?

According to Aristotle, what is the protagonist of a tragedy in literature?

What characteristic does a tragic character not need according to Aristotle?

How does Aristotle describe the plot in a tragedy drama?

What feeling does the tragedy aim to create in the audience, according to Aristotle?

How does a tragedy differ from comedy in terms of handling serious matters?

In real life, how is the term 'tragedy' commonly used compared to its use in drama?

What is a key characteristic of a tragedy's effect on a tragic hero?

Why must a tragic hero have something to lose in a tragedy?

What is the significance of the term 'catharsis' in relation to ancient Greek tragedies?

Why did ancient Greeks believe that watching tragedies was beneficial for society?

What distinguishes a tragedy from a comedy in terms of their endings?

Why is Oedipus considered a tragic hero in 'Oedipus Rex'?

'Hamlet' is considered one of the greatest tragedies due to which key element?

'What makes modern tragic heroes different from those in ancient Greek tragedies?


Explore the definition of tragedy in literature, its characteristics, and its historical origins, dating back to the 5th century BCE. Learn about how early tragedies were perceived as solemn events similar to religious ceremonies and how tragic plays were based on older narratives. Discover the origins of the term 'tragedy' from the Greek words meaning 'goat-song'.

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