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Prof. Rubenstein - English 102 - Spring 2021: Drama

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Compare and contrast "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Raisin in the Sun." Compare "hamartia" in terms of selected characters in both plays and show how it leads to "peripeteia." Show the comparative relationship between "peripeteia" and "anagnorisis" in both plays.


Vince, Ronald W. "anagnorisis." The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, edited by Dennis Kennedy, Oxford University Press, Inc., 1st edition, 2011. Credo Reference, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

According to this source in the Credo Reference [a great source for background information]:

In *Aristotle's Poetics, anagnorisis (recognition) refers to a change in the *protagonist from ignorance to knowledge, leading to happiness (*comedy) or misery (*tragedy). In tragedy, anagnorisis is often the mechanism whereby *peripeteia (reversal) is brought about. Taken together, recognition and reversal are central to a complex plot, revealing the *hamartia (error) underlying the protagonist's tragic act, and precipitating his suffering....

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