Catharsis (31 words)
Literary/ Cultural Context Note
Aristotle's theory of tragic drama was that it assisted order in the social body by enabling the purging (catharsis) of unhealthy emotions, especially by evoking the emotions of pity and fear.170 Catharsis 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.
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Editors. "Catharsis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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