The Characteristics Of Aristotle : Aristotle's Theory Of Tragedy

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Aristotle’s theory for storytelling is that there is a precise formula for how to make a proper tragedy. In his in-depth piece about the subject “Poetics” Aristotle details the specifics of what makes a good tragic story. However, before explaining what makes a good tragedy, Aristotle provides context as to why we are so drawn to these tragic stories and why they are so important. He claims that imitation is important because we as humans are drawn to it because we spend a lot of our lives imitating things. Imitation is also at the core of making a tragic story because “Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude” (Aristotle). To truly feel the emotional effects of a tragedy we must be drawn to it, this means that it should handle its subject matter with a certain sense of seriousness. Once the correct tone was established for a story it was important to focus on the structure of it.

Aristotle had a very specific way on how he felt good tragedies were structured. He thought that every tragedy 6 core parts to it (Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Song). However, more important than just having these 6 parts is knowing what part is the most important when it pertains to tragedy. For example, Aristotle claimed that “Plot is the first principle and soul of the tragedy”(Aristotle). This means that the plot of a tragedy and how to structure should be the primary focus when making a tragedy. There are many different
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