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Lesson 3 - Structure behind Hamlet Notes

by: Bianca Lopez

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These notes cover the general ideas behind the meaning of the structure behind Hamlet.
Intro to Theatre
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Date Created: 04/12/16
Lesson 3 ­ Notes Hamlet ­ Tragedy & Dramatic Structure 1. Tragic Hero In true tragedy the protagonist, or central character, is called a “tragic hero”.  He or she takes on  larger than normal life dimensions.  A tragic hero also undergoes an important and  overwhelming decline in fortune that leads to death.  Destiny and fate were aspects of life the  ancient Greeks and their gods felt were fundamental and yet out of our control.   2. Structure The dramatic structure of tragedy is very strict and uniform, as opposed to the looser and less  rigid structure of comedy or non­tragedy.  Certain criteria must happen during the plot, and the  central character must face and endure many different challenges that all tragic heroes share.  Tragedy is unique in many ways: ➔ The plot relies on a build­up of conflict that becomes so strong it seemingly  explodes, leaving the world and setting in which the play is set drastically changed and  very different from the way it was at the start. ➔ The majority of action and conflict revolves around the main character, the  protagonist, or in this case the tragic hero.  He or she is usually a very complex person  who is presented with insurmountable obstacles. ➔ Those obstacles provide conflict that prevents the tragic hero from achieving the  goal he or she is passionately pursuing. ➔ The classic tragic hero usually achieves the goal, and ultimately dies in the  passionate pursuit. So what is the importance of tragedy if there is no happy ending? What does it try and tell  us as a human collective? Here the Affirmative effect of tragedy makes a dramatic entrance.  Good tragedy is a work of  art, very sophisticated and enjoyable, culturally enriching, and it explores in detail some very  universal topics we humans share collectively.


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