Catharsis (31 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • Editors


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.

Editors. "Catharsis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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