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1

What does Arthur Miller say about the tragic form ?

‘I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down their life...’

2

What is the extract called in which Arthur Miller talks about the tragic form ?

Tragedy and the common man.

3

What does greek tragedy show ?

That a good man can be hurt and can do wrong

That the gods send evil as well as good

4

Name the two functions of a greek tragic storyline

Anagnorisis: the point of crisis in a plot where the protagonist recognises his or her true identity or discovers the true nature of of his or hers situation

Peripeteia: The point in the plot where change or reversal occurs, often as the consequence for anagnorisis. For example the mood of the play would change - despair turns to hope.

5

What is significant about the ‘tragic hero’

The fall - it is a strange and terrible aspect - a great and powerful figure falls from their position of power and respect.

6

What is hamarta?

A hero’s fatal flaw

7

What is it called when we pity the tragic hero, yet we recognise their wrongdoings?

Harmartia

8

What is catharsis ?

Tragedy makes us face waste, loss, the destruction of what is good, the corruption of innocence and the feeling that we are little people in a vast universe

9

What is it called when tragedy makes us face waste, loss, the destruction of what is good, the corruption of innocence and the feeling that we are little people in a vast universe?

Catharsis

10

How is All My Sons a Greek Tragedy ?


•It has a protagonist suffering from a previous offence, and punishment for that offense.

•Additionally, it explores the father-son relationship, also a common theme in Greek tragedies (see Oedipus the King by Sophocles, c. 430 BC).

•Ann Deever could also be seen to parallel a messenger as her letter is proof of Larry's death.

•Also, it takes place within a 24-hour period (intensifies the action/fall/drama)

11

How is All My Sons not a greek tragedy ?

• he is an ordinary man

• he uses a gun to shoot himself - not a sword

12

What can you write about the historical context ?

- Post world war 2
- The cold war (America living in fear, the significance of unity)
- The American dream (to own land, be wealthy etc.)