[PDF Notes] What was the aim of sensationalism in the Heroic play

The structure of the plays is also determined by similar considerations of sensationalism.

The aim is not to depict human passions but to exhibit sudden and surprising turns of fortune to the delight and surprise of the audience. These turns of fortune do not depend on the actions of the hero but are brought about by a change in Fortune’s wheel. Thus Fortune, something extrinsic, is brought in, and “Nature, Probability and Sense are violated.” There are surprising impossibilities.

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