Aristotle's Definition of Tragedy

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τελείας / complete

According to Aristotle, a tragedy must be an artistic whole. It must start with no external presuppositions and be complete at its ending. The concept of the wholeness or completeness of a tragedy is further developed in Aristotle's consideration of the beginning, middle, and end of a tragic plot, and is essential to Aristotle's understanding of tragedy.