The Tragedy Of Oedipus Rex

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Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy is defined by six major parts which consist of plot, character, imagery, diction, melody, and spectacle. All these traits come together to create a fiction which dramatizes the events that may happen in the near future in order to purge emotions from the audience. Aristotle uses Sophocles OEDIPUS REX as a form to describe what a tragedy should have to be considered a tragedy. Knowing that OEDIPUS REX is the embodiment of a tragedy in Aristotle’s view, To Build A Fire would not fall under Aristotle’s view of a tragedy, but of a modern tragedy. To Build A Fire is a modern tragedy because it focuses on a random person that’s fate is decided by nature. The views of a tragedy have changed over the year and have adapted to better fit the modern world because instead of having Gods, heroes, destinies, and kings a modern tragedy replaces the Gods to be Nature, the hero is just any random person, but still has an outcome in an event in their life that can be foreshadowed. In To Build A Fire nature is the one that smites the main character and decides the final fate of that character, such as: The fire was blotted out! Where it had burned was a mantle of fresh and disordered snow….The man was shocked. It was as though he had just heard his own sentence of death. For a moment he sat and stared at the spot where the fire had been… His feet must be badly frozen by now, and there would be some time before the second fire was ready. (To Build A Fire 6) This quote illustrates how nature smites the character and makes their life or journey difficult just like the Gods would in a tragedy of Aristotle’s view. The Gods in a tragedy of Aristotle’s view would smite or make the Hero’s life or journey d... ... middle of paper ... ... his lost sole was in denial of his death seeing that he only saw it as another story he would tell to his friends, when he certainly can not since he has perished. This established the point that To Build A Fire is a Tragedy, but not in the form that Aristotle envisioned it, making it a modern tragedy. In conclusion, To Build A Fire is not a tragedy in the view of Aristotle, but in the view of the modern world making it a modern Tragedy. There are many similarities between OEDIPUS REX and TO Build A Fire because both had hamartia and their actions where the same when listening to any given advice. The fictions differentiate from each other because in To Build A Fire the over powering image is nature rather than an Gods that determine the fate of the main character which makes To Build A Fire not a tragedy in views of Aristotle, but a modern world tragedy.
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