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Audiences are drawn to tragedies because a tragedy brings out the true characters spirit and creates vivid emotions within these characters Aristotle once stated in his Poetics that a tragedy should arouse pity and fear in spectators For a tragedy to procure such distinct emotions of pity and fear three elements are needed a rounded tragic protagonist a reversal and a discovery In both Oedipus and The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy these three elements of tragedy are present Aristotle believed on the requirements of a tragic hero The tragic hero or protagonist is a noble leader in his society Although obtaining strong characteristics he also has a tragic flaw harmatia an innate flaw in his nature that will drive him to his fall His fate appears to be alterable to create a sense of opportunity or hope His society should make him into a scapegoat for the sins and errors of his people and then accordingly be exiled or punished by them in such a way that his suffering is irreversible His pride or arrogance causes the heros punishment but with his futile struggle with fate he becomes grander and nobler Along with a tragic hero the emotions of pity and fear are brought about by two key factors presented in Aristotles Poetics One is the reversal of the heros fortune peripeteia that is some event that definitely starts the hero who is famous and prosperous on the road to suffering and misfortune The other is discovery ananorisis This occurs when the hero finds out something important that causes a change within himself to correspond to the outward changes brought on by the reversal In the best kind of tragedy reversal and discovery go hand in hand Aristotle says the finest form of discovery is one attended by peripeteia reversals like that which goes with the discovery in Oedipus687 Likewise one can say the more recent novel The Mayor of Casterbridge
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