MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021


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MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021 

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MEG-05 English Solved Assignment 2020-21

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Literary Criticism & Theory

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MA(English) MEG




2020-2021 Course: MA(English) MEG



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31st March 2021(if enrolled in the July 2020 Session) and  30th Sept 2021 (if enrolled in the January 2021 session)


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MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021

Submission: 31st March 2021(if enrolled in the July 2020 Session) and 30th Sept, 2021 (if enrolled in the January 2021 session).

Literary Criticism & Theory

Question 1: What do you think Aristotle meant when he said, ‘pleasure proper to tragedy’? Explain with reference to the essays in your course.


Because the tragic hero’s suffering outweighs his transgression, the audience feels sympathy; because audience members believe they may behave similarly, they feel pity. When Aristotle discusses the joys of tragedy, he alludes to the pity and dread produced by a tragic play. On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive to see pity and dread as enjoyable feelings. We may reason that they must be everything but. On the other hand, fear and pity, according to Aristotle, are desirable emotions since they cleanse our emotions.

This is what he refers to as catharsis, or soul purification via pity and fear—a sort of ritual purification. Our souls are cleansed of pollutants when we feel these emotions while viewing a tragedy, much as a doctor may cleanse a person’s body of impurities via medication administration. In both situations, we experience a sense of cleansing; whatever was bringing us pain on the inside has been eliminated. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with such sentiments; everyone experiences them to some extent. However, they may be toxic in excess, and we must periodically cleanse our spirits of them.

Unlike his master Plato, Aristotle believes that emotions are intrinsically beneficial. As a result, there should be no need to cleanse pity and dread. Rather than that, a more rational definition of tragic pleasure would be- simultaneous with the appropriate sentiments associated with these emotions. By ‘appropriate,’ he implies a balanced response to these feelings. Aristotle states in the Ethics,

            Fear and confidence and appetite and anger and pity and in general pleasure and pain may be felt both too much and too little and in both cases not well; but to feel them at the right times with reference to the right objects, towards the right people, with the right motive and in the right way is what is both intermediate and best and this is characteristic of virtue.

We analyse Aristotle’s distinction between pure and accidental pleasure. The former is ubiquitous, painless, and comparable to the pleasure derived through contemplation. This is experienced purely via contemplation and appraisal of tragedy’s mimicry of human emotions.

This is the lens through which we view his remarks.Pleasure is affected through imitation.

As Aristotle stated, imitation is a joyful act in and of itself. All of this applies to epic as well as tragedy and is probably applicable to other forms of poetry as well. The pleasure that is uniquely ‘tragic’ is that which is associated with the medium and dramatic form of the tragedy. These are the elements that define tragedy’s unique imitative quality.

When necessary and probable events take an unexpected turn, a heightened sensation of sorrow and terror is induced. This is conceivable due of the plot’s complexity. By the conclusion of Oedipus Rex, for example, we have developed an understanding for all the terrible paradoxes involving sight and blindness, fate and free will, familial love and incest, and truth and ignorance. All of these emotions are the consequence of a convoluted storyline; a succession of oracles; ironies and complexities that appear to have been written for tragedy.

Ironically, we take pleasure in the fact that Clytemnestra commits suicide but Oedipus does not; it seems right to us. We feel for both mother and son, and we fear that similar corruption may afflict our own families. Thus, the joy is found at the confluence of pity, terror, and admiration for a storey that ends tragically but justly.

Thus, our analysis of the intricate plot’s parts has led us to contemplate pity and dread. These, together with imitation, assist us in comprehending the joy inherent in tragedy.

MEG-05 Assignment Question Paper

1. What do you think Aristotle meant when he said, ‘pleasure proper to tragedy’? Explain with reference to the essays in your course.
2. Write short notes on the following:
a) Rasa and Dhvani
b) Gynocriticism
c) ‘The ‘Other’
d) Postmodernism
e) New Historicism
3. Examine the nature of the revolution in women’s education proposed by Mary Wollstonecraft?
4. Bring out the main ideas in Roland Barthes’ essay ‘The Death of the Author’.
5. Outline the sign theory of Language as propounded by Saussure highlighting its specific features.
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