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Revenge TragedyAeschylus to Armageddon$
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John Kerrigan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001

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. On Aristotle and Revenge Tragedy

. On Aristotle and Revenge Tragedy

(p.2) (p.3) 1. On Aristotle and Revenge Tragedy
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

The greatest epics of European literature and literature from other parts of the world, even those dating back during the time of Aristotle, were not without the element of tragedy. This literature was most appreciated on the stage, where music and the sense of sight could add drama and flair. Tragedy is a powerful tool for a writer: it builds up and heightens emotions, creates conflict at the same time as causing resolution, brings out the courage and strength of a hero, and creates a resounding climax and conclusion. The styles of writers differ only between them in terms of pattern, monologue content, and synchronicity. The chapter looks closely into these patterns, and how the early writers orchestrated their writings for the stage, serving as pioneers for other great figures in literature in the years to come.

Keywords:   tragedy, European literature, stage, emotions, drama, pattern

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