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The Meaning of Tragedy
Ever wondered where the ideas of the ‘tragic flaw’ and the ‘tragic hero’ came from? Have trouble distinguishing between pathos and catharsis? Or just wonder what tragedy really means? Explore the ideas of great minds throughout the centuries on the subject, read the most compelling tragedies ever written, and decide for yourself!
Recommended hours: 6-12
- Read and discuss tragedies by playwrights such as Sophocles and Shakespeare
- Follow the evolving idea of tragedy through Western thought
- Write a culminating essay on what truly defines a tragedy