Day 5

Aristotle's Poetics Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Aristotle says that a strong tragedy "will resemble a living organism in all its unity." What does he mean by this? How is a good story like a living being?

    Aristotle means that in a living organism, all of the parts work together so that the whole can live and thrive. A tragedy with all its pieces working well together will do the same. It may be useful to provide students with background on the notion of teleology: Aristotle held that organisms, like all things, served a particular function and were only good organisms insofar as they served that function. Just so, every element of a tragedy should contribute to its function of evoking an emotional response.

  2. 2

    Why does...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 1333 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9975 literature essays, 2512 sample college application essays, 474 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in