The Tragedy Project
In this project, we were tasked with the exploration and analyzation of tragic concepts and what role they play in our society's ideas of morality. Throughout the project duration, we, as a class, learned the six levels of moral development, read two classic Greek tragedies, and finally completed and performed our own written tragedy on a social issue of our choice. The concept which was vitally important in our explorations of these subjects was that of a complete understanding of a modern social issue and the invocation of potential moral and societal change rooting in strong emotions conveyed in our play. Our acclaimed Greek tragedies served as a basis for the concept known as catharsis, the purging or cleansing of unhealthy emotions such as pity and fear, which is what the ancient Greeks believed in their plays to be necessary in a democratic society. The creation of these concepts in a modern day format allowed not only for the students in this class to embrace the issues and debates still raging over moral modern concepts, but also to look to eloquence and the composition of deeply emotional plays to convey these concepts. It allowed us to follow in the footsteps of Greek playwrights Euripides and Sophocles and thus to prepare us for a life of activism and revelation in the moral issues of our day.
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