definition of tragedy With reference to Aristotle's poetics,discuss the significance of "Definition of Tragedy"

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Since you ask specifically about Aristotle, he defined tragedy as events of a certain magnitude.  We usually think of tragedy as being bigger than life, an event out of proportion with normal life, usually a terrible one.

 

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http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/poetics.html

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While the definition and interpretation of "tragedy" has changed over the centuries, it always includes a protagonist who falls from grace due to a "tragic flaw"--sometimes a weakness in his character and sometimes a circumstance of which he has no control. The fact that the tragedy is expected to produce audience enjoyment creates an unusual paradox.

 

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