In his Poetics, Aristotle writes that in order for a tragedy to be effective it must produce catharsisin the viewer. What is cartharsis? Catharsis is that emotional release you often feal when you watch tragic events unfold. Aristotle thought about what was the ideal recipe for an author to employ to guarantee catharsis in his/her audience. Perhaps controversially, Aristotle believed that the hero had to be of elevated rank, riches, or status, while still being relatable, in order to produce the ideal catharsis.
With the above in mind, answer the following question:
Can an audience still experience catharsis if the tragic hero is not elevated in rank or ability? What if he isn't relatable?
In answering this question, please consider & discuss 3 things:
1) What reasons might Aristotle have had for thinking this?
2) Do you believe his assertion to be true or false / fair or unfair?