Coriolanus, Shakespeare, Tragedy
One of the many parameter that Aristotle placed on tragedy when he defined the genre was that it exists only in the individual. The plethora of tragedies that have been written since have largely followed this rule. While many of William Shakespeare's tragedies follow the rules as defined by Aristotle his Roman tragedies, written later in his career, tend to challenge and expand the basic ideas of the genre. Specifically looking at Coriolanus I argue that Shakespeare transcended the classic idea of tragedy established by Aristotle by taking away the emphasis on the individual and placing it on society as a whole.
Intensive reading, discussion, and (in some sections) viewing of plays from the comedy, tragedy, romance, and history genres.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Kesler, Steve, "Transcending Tragedy: Shifting Tragedy From the Individual to Society at Large In Shakespeare's Coriolanus" (2013). All Student Publications. 107.
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