Aristotle's Characteristics in the Crucible

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The thesis in this research paper will be applying Aristotle's points and ideas on characters on a tragedy play, and explaining what should be avoided according to Aristotle. The tragedy play that is going to be the focus of this research is The Crucible by Arthur Miller, which is in some way considered to be a modern tragedy while Aristotle's ideas are put in the age of classics, through applying this I am going to prove if this tragic play has all the elements of a good tragic character, but because this play is full of many minor characters , my focus is going to be on some of the important characters .

A tragedy is said to be "a representation of serious people"(Aristotle 94) .It shows the act of serious people that do not use any kind of comedy in their presentation, they would probably show a lot of arguments and discussion that are very essential to their lives, what ever happens between the characters is considered to be highly important to the plot of the play, as it is going to affect the plot as a whole, that is the reason why any utterance said by the characters if very important.

In Aristotle's elements of good tragedy, he mentions the word magnitude, which is very much related to the plot and characters of the play, but here our emphasis is only going to be on the characters. Magnitude is the change from good to bad or vice versa from bad to good, in other words, a character in a tragedy must show the change from having a good fortune to loosing it, and that is called the reversal of fortune. In order for the play to be a tragedy, some thing serious must happen to the characters...