Othello Essay | Shakespeare's "othello" and Aristotle's Notion of Tragedy

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Shakespeare's "othello" and Aristotle's Notion of Tragedy

Summary: This essay shows how Shakespeare's "Othello" conforms to Aristotle's notion of tragedy.
Aristotle's notion of tragedy states, "a tragedy is a form of drama exciting the emotions of pity and fear. Its actions should be single and complete, presenting a reversal of fortune, involving persons renowned and of superior attainment, and it should be written in poetry embellished with every kind of artistic expression." Apart from this definition of a tragedy that Aristotle had, he also identified six basic elements of tragedy: plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle and song. In Shakespeare's Othello, Aristotle's notion of tragedy is apparent through the concepts of plot, character, diction and thought.

Aristotle believed that a tragedy was not a tragedy if there was no action present. He believed that the plot had to be an imitation of action, and it also had to be a complex plot, with recognition (anagnorisis) and a reversal of roles. Othello fits...

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