Over 2000 years prior to the story of Jeff Smith, Aristotle wrote The Poetics in 4th century BC. Aristotle discusses what makes poetry good. The treatise begins with discussion on the modes and medians of poetry. Next, the definition of a tragedy and the individual parts of the construction are an...
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...e emotional thought by the audience. The events that took place in Jeff Smith’s life were brutal and pitiful, yet these are the traits that define a man as a tragic hero.
Jeff Smith possess minor anti-tragic hero characteristics, yet his story parallels elements of the strongest tragedies. The best tragedies are ones that cause most catharsis of pity and fear. The Poetics may be dismissed as an ancient text with no modern relevance, however, it is clear that the elements described in a text written over two-thousand years ago still apply to not only modern literature and art but to real life. Jeff Smith is real man, not just a character written by an author that adheres to the Aristotelian principle. Thus, the importance and significance of The Poetics is seen in that one must study and comprehend such texts to prevent such tragedies from happening in their lives.
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