This episode will examine tragedies from Ancient Greece to William Shakespeare's plays. Tragic figures are noble figures that suffer a reversal of fortune and recognize the consequences of their actions. King Lear fights against injustices, moving the audience.
Sophocles wrote the tragedy in the Fifth Century BC. Oedipus's investigation into the death of a previous king reveals that Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. In anger, Oedipus gouges out his eyes as punishment.
"De Casibus Virorum Illustrium" by Giovanni Boccaccio was a narrative; the fall of the main character taught a moral lesson.
Hear lines from Shakespeare's most tragic characters. Inspired by the De Casibus work, he wrote ten tragedies. As Shakespeare grew older, he concentrated on the suffering of individual characters that undergo a reversal of fortune.
Credits: What is Tragedy?
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Get your carton of ice cream ready and keep a box of tissues close at hand because you're about to explore every aspect of tragedy. Tragedy as a dramatic art, that is. You'll explore a classic tragedy, Oedipus Rex, as well as tragedy in the Middle Ages and Mr. Bill Shakespeare's take on tragedy.
Length: 22 minutes
Copyright date: ©2005
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