Journal Nine: Nora as Tragic Heroine?

As with the last two weeks, we'll use what Aristotle wrote about tragedy as our starting point:

Tragedy is characterized by seriousness and involves a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune (Peripeteia), generally from good to bad because this induces pity and fear within the spectators. Tragedy results in a catharsis (emotional cleansing) or healing for the audience or character (who experienced catharsis is open to dispute) through their experience of these emotions in response to the suffering of the characters in the drama.

Based on this, and compared to Oedipus and/or Othello, can we make a good argument for Nora being a tragic figure, one who would be acceptable to Aristotle (if he didn't most likely view the world through a rather patriarchal lens)? Does she have the requisite qualities of a "tragic hero"? (Or heroine if you like. And don't forget the final 'e' there, otherwise, it's just heroin.) As you answer this, show how Nora is or is not like Oedipus or Othello, with specific examples illustrating your view on the three and how they are (not) necessarily noble enough to evoke our pity and fear with regard to their demise. Illustrate your discussion with passages from each of the plays that provide support for your view.

Having posted your thoughts, respond to at least two other journals and one response to your journal, for a minimum of three responses. Due date for the journal is midnight Sunday. Responses are due by midnight Tuesday.

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Bradley