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The last two principles do not apply at all to the book of Job, and I shall ignore them. I would rank the other four elements by their order of importance in the book of Job as follows: thought, use of language, characterization, plot—a ranking that is almost the exact opposite of that required by Aristotle. 2. But the most important of these is the structure of the events. ' (ch. 6, 1449b25, 1450a4-5, 15-17). That is to say, what is important are the activities which take place, the scope of the plot.
Thus the poet Milton (according to Pope 1973: xxix). 16. F. Else (1957), except where otherwise noted. The matter mentioned above is discussed at greater length by Halperin (1978: 36-39). 17. Melos, and see Halperin (1978: 74) for the translator's note regarding the 2. Genre Distinctions 41 even though Aristotle includes tragedy among the genres which create mimesis 'using only prose or verses unaccompanied' (ch. 1, 1447a27b8), it must forego imitation of the style of everyday speech, using elevated, 'artificial' language.
1-2; etc. 7. Aristotle formulates his demands of the heroes of tragedy in four rules: (a) that they be good; (b) the appropriateness of the image, that is, that it not be artificial or forced (such as, that an ignorant or simple man not declaim philosophical thoughts); (c) 'naturalness (likeness) of the individual'—that the figure be unique and archetypal; (d) consistency— 'In the character also, in exactly the same way as in the structure of the incident, one must seek constantly either for the necessary or the probable, so that it will be either necessary or probable that the kind of person say or do a certain kind of thing, and either necessary or probable that this incident follow that one' (ch.