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Antigone Literary Analysis

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"Tragedy , then is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions" (Aristotle VI). When one reads a tragedy, a series of emotions are conducted throughout ones' body and those emotions are the connection between literature and art. If one were to look at a group of seemingly meaningless words manifested on a piece of paper it would give the thought of confusion, but when the words are naturally streamed together the sense of unity embraces a beautiful arrangement of parts. The necessity of structure and form in literature and art are necessary for the success of the work. A piece of fabric will never become a beautiful dress without the outline therefore, the structure and form give the literature and art a place to grow and flourish. The needed structure and form allows the focal point of the piece to be listened to. In Antigone, Sophocles exercises "the soul of a tragedy"(Aristotle IV), plot, by seductively piecing events in an appealing way, chronologically. The chronologic ability in poetry is essential, however when a plot becomes episodic, "acts succeed one another without probable or necessary sequence" (Aristotle IX) it grows foreseeable. In poetry it is not the poet's responsibility to tell what has
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