In a simple tragedy the drama comes without a peripety or recognition, and it is continuous through the tragedy. Aristotle’s definition of a complex tragedy is when it has a peripety and recognition within the drama. Peripety is where the character feels confident that happiness is near, but then realizes that the main plot was complete but was not a pleasant one. In Oedipus, he experiences the peripety when the messenger comes to tell him he is the king of yet another kingdom. After the good news the messenger and the shepherd inform Oedipus of what happened when he was an infant, which gives Oedipus enough facts to...
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...hough readers get both different definitions in Death of a Salesman, readers still get an Aristotelian tragic hero. One answer to the question could be that a tragedy can be plot-driven, and also character-driven/plot-driven. But it would be hard to have a tragedy just character-driven in a drama.
Aristotle. “On Tragedy.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Robert DiYanni. 6th Ed. New York, 2007. 2196-2198. Print.
Miller, Author. “Death of a Salesman.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Robert DiYanni. 6th Ed. New York, 2007. 1777-1847. Print.
Miller, Author. “Tragedy and the Common Man.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Robert DiYanni. 6th Ed. New York, 2007. 2216-2218. Print.
Sophocles. “Oedipus Rex.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Robert DiYanni. 6th Ed. New York, 2007. 1307-1347. Print.
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