Chapter 40. The Elements of Tragedy

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. Elizabeth Belfiore Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch40

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Belfiore, E. (2009) The Elements of Tragedy, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch40

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • elements of tragedy and its definition;
  • plot and character;
  • simple and complex plots;
  • pathos;
  • reversal;
  • recognition;
  • good and bad tragic plots;
  • happy endings


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Elements of Tragedy and Its Definition

  • Plot and Character

  • Simple and Complex Plots

  • Good and Bad Tragic Plots

  • Conclusion

  • Notes

  • Bibliography