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Greek Tragedy/Hamlet (Gioia English IV AP): Greek Tragedy

Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedy is an extension of the ancient rites done in honor of Dionysus and heavily influenced the theatre of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Tragic plots were most often based upon myths from the oral traditions of archaic epics. 

Oedipus

"O god-all come true, all burst to light! O light-now let me look my last on you! I stand revealed at last-cursed in my birth, cursed in marriage, cursed in the lives I cut down with these hands!"

Antigone

Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. Chronologically, it is the third of the three Theban plays but was written first.

The play expands on the Theban legend that predated it and picks up where Aeschylus 'Seven Against Thebes" ends.

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.

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Plato

In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato distinguishes between people who mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who really do see the truth. It goes like this:

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