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Behold, mortal: punishment for your pride!
How sad, he wasn't a bad person. What a terrible fate!
If that could happen to a person like him, it could happen to me too!
That was a great play, the end was very moving!
That's the sign of a good tragedy!
Yeah, it was intense, but I'm glad I saw it. Really makes you think.
At the end of a classic tragedy, the hero has struggled in vain against supernatural powers, like fate or the gods. A mistake, or flaw causes the hero to fail and suffer a terrible fate.
The audience is left with a feeling of pity for the tragic hero, and fear that the same fate could befall them personally.
Aristotle believed feeling this pity and fear helped to “emotionally cleanse” the audience, by letting them experience these intense emotions in a safe manner.
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