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Latest NewsThe Tragedy of Talent

June 7, 2017by Manzar Bashir0

How can talent and tragedy be possibly connected? I was not sure if I could write on this topic but nevertheless I persevered.

The topic seems tricky one but then what’s the fun in simple discussions? An essay should always be able to touch areas considered difficult to write or discuss.

Let’s deviate for a minute and first look at how Aristotle defines tragedy ““A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; inappropriate and pleasurable language; in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions.”

What is not mentioned in this definition but what Aristotle firmly believed was that tragedy should only befall on the kings, the princes or the mighty. Aristotle believed that among the six elements of tragedy plot and character were the most important. He also believed that the protagonist should be able to instill a sense of pity and fear in the audience. In simpler words the greater the character, the greater the tragic fall and the greater the tragedy.

Manzar Bashir

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