Shakespeare Tragedy

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SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY : 

SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

THE TRAGIC HERO, IN GENERAL : 

THE TRAGIC HERO, IN GENERAL Usually, there is only one tragic hero The so-called "Love Tragedies" are exceptions to the rule

THE TRAGIC HERO AND THE TRAGIC "STORY" : 

THE TRAGIC HERO AND THE TRAGIC "STORY" The tragic story leads up to, and includes, the death of the hero The suffering and calamity are exceptional

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They befall a conspicuous person They are themselves of a striking kind They are, as a rule, unexpected They are, as a rule, contrasted with previous happiness and/or glory

ONLY GREAT MEN QUALIFY AS TRAGIC HEROES : 

ONLY GREAT MEN QUALIFY AS TRAGIC HEROES Peasants do not inspire pity and fear as great men do A Shakespearean tragedy, then, may be called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man of high estate!

TRAGEDY, HUMAN FLAWS, AND RESPONSIBILITY : 

TRAGEDY, HUMAN FLAWS, AND RESPONSIBILITY The calamities of tragedy do not simply happen, nor are they sent The calamities of tragedy proceed mainly from actions, and those, the actions of men

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Shakespeare's tragic heroes are responsible for the catastrophe of their falls.

THE ABNORMAL, THE SUPERNATURAL, FATE/FORTUNE/CHANCE : 

THE ABNORMAL, THE SUPERNATURAL, FATE/FORTUNE/CHANCE Shakespeare occasionally represents abnormal conditions of mind: insanity, somnambulism, hallucinations--

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Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural: ghosts and witches who have supernatural knowledge Shakespeare, in most of the tragedies, allows "chance" in some form to influence some of the action

TRAGIC CONFLICT: EXTERNAL : 

TRAGIC CONFLICT: EXTERNAL Usually there are two persons, of whom the hero is one---OR, Two Parties or Groups, one of which the hero leads---OR, The passions, tendencies, ideas, principles, forces which animate these persons or groups.

TRAGIC CONFLICT: INTERNAL : 

TRAGIC CONFLICT: INTERNAL Shakespeare's tragic hero, though he pursues his fated way, is, at some point, torn by an inward struggle The conception of outer and inner struggle includes the action of "spiritual forces."

COMMON QUALITIES OF THE TRAGIC HERO/PROTAGONIST : 

COMMON QUALITIES OF THE TRAGIC HERO/PROTAGONIST Tragic heroes are exceptional beings: this is the fundamental trait Tragic heroes contribute to their own destruction by acts in which we see a flaw in their character, or, by tragic error

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The difficulty is that the audience must desire the defeat/destruction of the tragic hero, but this in itself does not constitute tragic feeling Shakespeare's tragic heroes need not be "good," though they generally are good

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Shakespeare's tragic heroes project that man is not small or contemptible, no matter how rotten he can be-- Shakespeare's tragic heroes illustrate the center of the tragic impression: the sense of waste-- Shakespeare's tragic heroes live for what seems to be a type of the mystery of the whole world.

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A Man of High Estate A Flaw in Character Intrusion of Time and a Sense of Urgency Misreadings and Rationalizations Murder, Exile, Alienation of Enemies and Allies Conclusion

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Gradual Isolation of the Tragic Hero Mobilization of the Opposition Tragic Recognition of the Flaw by the Tragic Hero: too late Last, Courageous Attempt to Restore Lost Honor/Greatness

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Audience Recognizes Potential for Greatness Death of the Tragic Hero Restoration of Order END of the play!

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