Aristotle's Poetics

“Plot is the soul of tragedy”, Aristotle says. Discuss this statement.

“Plot is the soul of tragedy”, Aristotle says. Discuss this statement.

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Aristotle lays out six elements of tragedy: plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song. Plot is 'the soul' of tragedy, because action is paramount to the significance of a drama, and all other elements are subsidiary. A plot must have a beginning, middle, and end; it must also be universal in significance, have a determinate structure, and maintain a unity of theme and purpose.

 

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