Poetics

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Aristotle

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A tragedy has both complication and resolution, Aristotle says, and resolution is everything that happens from the beginning of the change of fortune to the end of the play. Aristotle argues that resolution and complication should be constructed with equal care, so one part of the tragedy does not overshadow the other. Both resolution and complication should rely on the plot, Aristotle maintains, not “theatrical devices” like Medea’s supernatural chariot at the end of Euripides’s Medea.

Resolution Quotes in Poetics

The Poetics quotes below are all either spoken by Resolution or refer to Resolution. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Poetics published in 1997.
Chapter 8 Quotes

(Clearly, therefore, the resolutions of plots should also come about from the plot itself, and not by means of a theatrical device, as in the Medea, or the events concerned with the launching of the ships in the Iliad. A theatrical device may be used for things outside the play—whether prior events which are beyond human knowledge, or subsequent events which need prediction and narration since we grant that the gods can see everything. But there should be nothing irrational in the events themselves; or, failing that, it should be outside the play, as for example in Sophocles’s Oedipus.)

Related Characters: Aristotle (speaker), Medea , Euripides, Sophocles, Oedipus, Homer
Related Symbols: Oedipus Rex
Page Number: 25
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Resolution Term Timeline in Poetics

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Chapter 8. Other Aspects of Tragedy
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The resolution of the plot should come about from the plot as well—it shouldn’t rely on “theatrical... (full context)
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8.5 Complication and Resolution. A tragedy must have complication and resolution. According to Aristotle, the complication is “everything from the beginning up to and including the... (full context)
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...the component parts, but it is usually judged by its plot. Therefore, both complication and resolution should be constructed with the same attention.   (full context)