Aristotle on Tragedy

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Hi everyone,

One of my written pieces I'm sending off to Oxford (to study PPE) is an essay on Death of a Salesman that I did last year (it was my coursework). I discuss whether Willy can be considered as a tragic hero. I'll quote a few bits from it:

Aristotle defined the ‘classic’ tragedy in his treatise Poetics (1498). He believed that only people of noble birth could be considered tragic heroes, and that they must have a fatal character flaw that leads to severe punishment.
My friend suggested that I read a little on Aristotle and his beliefs regarding tragedies, but I'm not quite sure where to look. How long is Poetics? Are his tragedy opinions in any of his other works? Please remember that I've got <1 month if I'm going to be interviewed, so I can't be starting 300 pagers (as I still have to finish a few!). Perhaps there are relevant chapters?
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Hi,

'Poetics' is not very long at all (in my book the introduction is much longer than 'Poetics' itself, but is essential reading to accompany the text.) I managed to read poetics in a couple of days.

It certainly is very helpful if you are wanting to comment on tragedy or epic poetry.
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Thanks Debs - I've reserved it at Waterstones! Do you know of any professional criticism on it?
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No, sorry.

I had to read 'Poetics' for my degree course, but I haven't read any criticism on it.

Good luck with your Oxford application!
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