The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

tragedy and melodrama

Tragedy and melodrama are two very different things, melodrama is very over dramatic and seems as if every problem has a way out, or a safety net, tragedy is described by aristotle as "inevitable", no chance of rescue, a spiral down into one's doom. Anouille likened tragedy to a spring, possibly as a symbol of tension and bottling up emotions, to explosivley releasing them and release, or also that the spring has no beginning opr end, but just a continuous spiral. A tragedy is usually about a person in high esteem or power, falling because of a certain characteristic flaw, some examples of this are achilles ,who was dipped in the river styx, and his heel, which was a symbol of his arrogance, or MacBeth, once king of scotland, let down by his greed.

Tragedy can be many things, on one hand it could be the horrible act of death and suffering, but on the other it could be "an art form, to confront difficult human experiances" tragedy, according to aristotle, is a catharsis. tragedy can on some ocasions purge the body. people can occasionally feel better when something empathises with them, such as sad music, or tragic moments from movies or books.

a tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. a whole is what has a beginning a middle and an end.


  1. This is a really good, in depth description of the lesson. It outlines and explains all of the key points discussed throughout, and contributes good interpretations of tragedy.
    The idea that tragedy could be "an art form, to confront difficult human experiences" also helps towards the feeling that you are not alone, and that there is a sense of similarity when you are an audience, watching someone else's tragedy unravel, in addition to the thought of it sometimes having the ability to purge the body.

  2. This blog is very clear in explaining the difference between melodrama and tragedy. Also your in depth interpretation of tragedy being an 'art form' is really great.
    Your own understanding of Anouilh's spring theory has helped me too because I wasn't entirely sure what he meant when explaining it to be a 'fall from power'.

  3. This blog is helpful as it explains the link between a spring and a tragedy really well and makes it easier to understand the comparison.

    In this lesson we also learnt that many of Shakespeare's plays include iambic pentameters. These consist of 5 stressed syllables with 5 unstressed syllables, this equals to 10 iambs. These mimic human speech and have a similar rhythm to that of a heart beat.


  4. Well done, I've really understood this and dont really have anything to add. Iambic Pentameters were really interesting. The way that a sentence is said seems really simple but Shakespeare added depth to it. This was something that I'd never encounterd before so it made the lesson really interesting.


  5. This is a really in-depth description of the lesson.
    Our mind map about tradegy helped us all to look at it in different ways. The best one was about tradegy being described as an 'art form'. We was then able to see that from the art form it would let us see that we was not alone and we could express the pain in a more beautiful way.


  6. yep this is all good