The most important characters are those who challenge us Intro: Moral message through the poor decisions made by Lear caused by his fatal flaw; hamartia Actions speak louder than words Paragraph 1: “What can you say to draw A third more opulent than your sisters?”. Paragraph 2: Paragraph 3: “The tempest in my mind doth […]

Connecting Idea: “The Tragic Hero” Unifying elements of Tragedy Intro: A good tragedy has become a passage to show its audience watching a way to take our minds off of our own lives and draw catharsis from someone else’s misfortunes. In order to really connect with an audience, it also has to be a reflection […]

Analyse how the traditional conventions of tragedy are manipulated through the use of visual and/or verbal features in the film Gladiator by Ridley Scott The movie ‘Gladiator’ is a tragedy created by Ridley Scott used as a mode to toy with an audiences emotion using the character of Maximus, our Aristotelian-perfect tragic hero of the […]

Hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences – often resulting in death: Maximus has been broken down throughout this movie starting from where he has been ordered to be executed by his own army, next was his family crucified by the army and his house burnt down, then all of his gladiator […]

Gladiator thrusts the audience right into the middle of Maximus’ story; he already has a family, already the commander of the legion. It isn’t on a journey of discovery, he has already found who he is and is already established. We can see this through the opening montage, Maximus walks through the army giving out […]

Protagonist – A character of which the story is centered around Characteristic – A trait that a character possesses Inciting Incident – A point in the plot that puts the protagonist in the

Knowledge of the Aristotelian tragic hero reveals much about Shakespeare’s intentions in the tragedy King Lear The tragic hero is a staple to the quintessential tragedy according to philosopher Aristotle which follows a protagonist on his downwards spiral into tragedy, hence the name the ‘tragic’ hero. The tragic hero could be defined by a character […]

The Elizabethan/Jacobean world view – Back in the Elizabethan times, they believed in strange concepts such as Aristotle’s solar system where all planets and the sun revolved around earth, and the great chain of being which coincides with Aristotle’s world view of everything revolves around humans and shut down all over . The great chain […]

The storm – This spectacle is used to represent the turning point for Lear, the point at which Lear turns into his downfall and rabbit-hole of insanity as his daughters are all against him and want to strip him of everything he has. The imagery that the storm creates is a sense of anger that […]