What did Aristotle say about comedy?
Posted by Linden on May 03, 1998 at 18:47:59:
In response to Aristotle and tragedy..., written by Helen on May 03, 1998 at 14:47:18
How wonderful to find that there are other people in the world who can both drool about Colin Firth and discuss Aristotle.
For the life of me I can't remember what Aristotle said about comedy. All I recall is that it went up in smoke in "The Name of the Rose" ;-(
I don't think JA was writing an anti-tragedy: she was writing comedy. She didn't invent the genre, either: there are heaps of indications she was heir to the tradition which included Shakespeare, for example.
Wrong perceptions, ideas etc. can be comic or tragic, depending on what they lead to. Shakespeare wrote several plays which can be paired as tragic or comic versions of the same theme. "Romeo & Juliet" vs "Midsummer Nights Dream" (couple in love against family wishes); "Othello" vs "Winter's Tale" (jealousy); "Macbeth" vs Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" (ambition).
- Essentially... Erin 22:14:57 5/03/98 (3)
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