describe Aristotle\’s formula for the perfect tragedy.

In the last part of this course, we have spent a good deal of time discussing Aristotle\’s formula for the
perfect tragedy. In fact, we have found that Aristotle often looked to Sophocles play, Oedipus Rex, as
an example of this perfection. Classical tragedy frequently ends with the inevitability of death, and the audience is left with the lesson that the protagonist could not learn in time. Later tragic forms challenge
the strict rules laid out by Aristotle – often by adding new elements, such as narratives of redemption.
For this paper, I would like you to first demonstrate the ways in which Oedipus Rex is a model of
Aristotelian tragedy by analyzing both Aristotles formula and the story/characters of the play. I would
then like you to analyze Wilsons Fences and Alexies Flight in relation to Oedipus Rex: how do they
conform to this model story, and how do they challenge the limits of classical tragedy?
This paper requires at least six sources:
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
August Wilsons Fences
Sherman Alexies Flight
Aristotles Poetics (from Aristotles Poetics .350 BCE Trans. S. H. Butcher) (The exact parts and textes will be sent.)

At least one secondary source about Wilson and/or Fences (in, Approaching literature, Peter Schakel/ Jack Ridl , fourth edtion. or the library
At least one secondary source about Alexie and/or Flight (from class, Cox, James. Muting White Noise: The Subversion of Popular Culture Narratives of Conquest in Sherman Alexie\’s Fiction. Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 9, no. 4, 1997, pp. 5270., . or the library)

I will be evaluating these essays with the following rubric in mind:
A clear understanding of Aristotles Poetics [25%]
An analysis of Oedipus Rex using Aristotles Poetics [25%]
An analysis of Fences – how it conforms to and challenges Aristotle & Sophocles [25%]
An analysis of Flight – how it conforms to and challenges Aristotle & Sophocles [25%]

Parameters: This paper should be at least four pages long, but it can be longer. It should be written in a
12-pt. Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1 margins on all sides, and with no extra spaces
between paragraphs. Be sure to cite all direct quotes from the texts by page numbers (Smith 218). Be sure
to include a works cited page – not included in the page count!