The elements of a tragedy by Aristotle.

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Aristotle says tragedy must obtain 6 elements and the play must have unity of time, place and action. Those elements are plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song. The character in the elements should be a superhuman, above the average person. He has to have a tragic flaw and have both virtue and vice - be both virtuous and villainous. The unity in a tragedy is based on: Time- the action of the play should occur within the span of a day, Place - the action of the play should occur in one location and Action - All action should move towards the same conclusion. The spectacle includes the staging and properties used during the play. Spectacle includes either the reporting of or actual presence of violence and the use of any props. The tragedy plays that I have read are Oedipus Rex which is a classical tragedy, Julius Caesar which is a renaissance tragedy and All My Sons which is a modern tragedy.

The character of the play is a superhuman, above average person. He posses both virtue and vice which is he is both virtuous and villainous. He also has a tragic flaw that's usually an internal quality that leads the hero to his downfall. The flaw is recognized to have come by him and that is where he falls. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus believes he can outwit fate and over come his prophecy. He is proven to be very smart and is a great ruler but he gets mad easily and jumps to conclusions with out thinking first. The time of realization of the flaw is when the shepherd explains to him that he led himself to fulfill the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. Oedipus blinds himself and lives life afterwards as...