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Anagnorisis

The point when the tragic hero recognises the mistake he has made

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The catastrophe

An event causing great and usually sudden damage or suffering

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Catharsis

(Emotional cleansing) healing for the audience through their experience of these emotions in response to the suffering of the character in the drama

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Chorus

A group of people that come on and explain what's happening in the play or fill in gaps in the plot

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Hamartia

The tragic hero's fatal flaw or mistake that makes the 'perpeteia' possible and to an extent, inevitable

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Hubris

Excessive pride or self confidence

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Naturalism

Extreme realism used to create an illusion of reality to an audience

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Pathos

Feeling or emotion (something that evokes pity or sadness)

Opposite = bathos (lack of feeling)

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Peripeteia

Experiences a reversal in fortune or change in circumstance

The point where everything goes wrong

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Tragic flaw/ fatal flaw

Hamartia.

The flaw in the character that ultimately leads to his downfall

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Tragic hero/ tragic protagonist

1 protagonist (main character)

A great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall suffering or defeat due to their hamartia

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Antagonist

The adversary of the protagonist who creates the problems

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Machiavel

A character who is prepared to behave in an immoral way in order to achieve what he/ she wants

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Malcontent

A character dissatisfied with the protagonist's decision

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Great chain of being

Natural order of things (god at top)