Plaintiff Attempts to Overcome Adversity


Aristotle teaches tragedy is the imitation of action in life. Well-being (health) and ill-being (injury) “reside in action” with the goal of life being activity. “People achieve well-being or its opposite on the basis of how they fare.” Poetics (The Primacy of Plot). The “plot” in tragedy concerns the action and how the hero fares.

There are two types of plot according to Aristotle- “simple” and “complex.” Complex plot is a higher level tragedy. In a simple plot there is only a change of fortune. In a complex plot there is change of fortune and reversal or recognition or both. Reversal is change to the opposite. Recognition is change from ignorance to knowledge.

According to Aristotle when the audience identifies with the hero seeing a cause and effect series of action, and the action involves reversal with accompanying recognition, the audience relates to the plot with pity for the hero and  fear the change of fortune can happen to them. This is tragedy at the highest level.

In a personal injury case the change of fortune to the hero is the injury. The recognition is  what happens next.     This means how the injured plaintiff reacts. The audience wants to see the hero doing everything she can to overcome the adversity. The recognition can be of a profound life changing result. The audience (jury) seeing the reversal of fortune, and  plaintiff recognition she must overcome, wants justice for plaintiff.

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