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Date: March 26th/2013


Words to do With the Theatre

Tragedy: A dramatic composition dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a
(1)great person destined through a (2)flaw of character , or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, (3)to downfall or destruction. --When we go to see a tragic play we should expect a sad ending. Good people always suffer great pain or injustice but we watch because we can learn from the tragedy of others. Tragedies should hope to educate people about the common pitfalls in life. Elements of a dramatic tragedy: (1)- Magnitude (2)- Tragic mistake/flaw (Hamartia) (3)- Bad things happening to (1)good people. (4)- What we feel is very important to understanding the whole point of a tragedy. (Pathos and Catharsis)

Pathos: The quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or
other forms of expression. Evoking a strong feeling of pity or compassion.

Catharsis: The purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through
certain kinds of art, a tragic play or music.

Magnitude: Great importance or scale. An event that affects many people would have
great magnitude compared to an event like brushing your teeth. Magnitude makes things more dramatic.

Hamartia: Tragic flaw/mistake.