Explain why characters in the tragedy are the 2nd most important and whether tragedy is the imitation of action according to the law of probability.

. Antigones tragedy is caused her loyalty to her brother Polynices .She was so determined to give him a decent burial though she knew that her life would be in danger. This rebellion to Creon makes him to imprison her alive in a tomb where she commits suicide. The consequence of her tragedy is death.

‘My nails are broken, my fingers are bleeding, my arms are covered with the welts left by the paws of your guards—but I am a queen!’…. [678]…..Antigone to Creon, she is talking about hertragedy in the hands of Creons’ soldiers. It shows the suffering of Antigone.

“And if I have to die for this pure crime,/ I am content, for I shall rest beside him;/ His love will answer mine”..[678]…..Antigone to Creon, she is resigned to die for her brother Polynices. It shows the Antigones loyalty to her brother.

“Disaster is linked with disaster./ Woe again must each generation inherit.”[678]…. Creon to Antigone, He is referring to Antigone is born from disaster and she will die with it .It shows the tragedy of Antigone.

“No man alive is free/ from error”. [678]…..Teiresis to Creon, He is warning him not kill Antigone. It also shows the tragedy of Antigone.

“Too late, too late you see the path of wisdom”…[678]…chorus to Creon. The chorus shows the regret of Creon for killing his siblings.

The plot of the tragedy is the most important element.

The characters in the tragedy are the 2nd most important

That tragedy is the imitation of action according to the law of probability

Diction is the fourth and show the actual meaning of word used in context.

Song or melody is the 5th and the musical element of the tragedy.

Spectacle which is connected to literature is the last.

At the end of the tragedy there is cleansing of the tragic emotions.


“First principle,”

“The law of probability or necessity.”

“Where something is proved to be or not to be, or a general maxim is enunciated.”

“The expression of the meaning in words”

“The production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet.”



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