A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying pleasure in audiences.
- Flesh out the plot.
- Develop the tragic hero’s downfall.
- Incorporate simile and/or metaphor.
- The plot ought to be so constructed that, even without the aid of the eye, he who hears the tale told will thrill with horror and melt to pity at what takes place (Aristotle).
- Elicit fear and pity and provide a catharsis for the audience’s feelings.
- Deal in universal and general truths and principles such as choice, fate, or the nature of being human.
- The climax should be logical but unexpected, casting a whole new light on the story and clarifying the universal truth central to it.
- Story must end in death, destruction, or some other form of personal tragedy for the main character.
- Include at least one major scene of suffering.
- The hero should be an average person—neither good nor evil—who goes from prosperity to adversity.
- Antony and Cleopatra
- Julius Caesar
- King Lear
- Romeo and Juliet
- Timon of Athens
- Titus Andronicus
- Troilus and Cressida
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.