[PDF Notes] What are the Chief Characteristics of a Seneca tragedy?

Chief Characteristics of a Seneca tragedy are:

1. Seneca abounds in maxims and sententious utterances. His language is lyrical, declamatory, and full of fine metaphors. It is highly ornamented.

2. There is little action, but a lot of speechifying.

3. Frequent political allusion; and attacks on tyrants.

4. Use of chorus for purposes of explanation.

5. Heaping up of crime upon crime, often monstrous crime. The idea of tragedy is associated with crime.

6. A Seneca tragedy is an unrelieved tragedy. There is no dramatic relief.

7. The motif for crime is revenge for some earlier wrong. Then there is retribution, divine punishment for that crime.

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