According to Aristotle, a Tragedy will consist of six separate parts. First, we have the plot which could be thought of as the soul of a tragedy, and then add the character, thought, diction, song and finally that must be somewhat difficult, long enough to be complete, but not long to the point of being difficult to remember.
I think Fargo is a great representation of what Aristotle had envisioned as a proper tragedy.Set in the winter of 1987 in Minneapolis, Fargo is a story about a car salesman named Jerry Lundegaard that has put himself in a desperate situation with two men he hired to act out a seemingly harmless fake kidnapping of his wife and how it went horribly wrong. Jerry’s poor decisions and the consequences against the negative references of Minnesota folk, blend together and stand up against the consistent level of tragic comedy in Fargo
We can split the movie up into layers Split into 3 main interweaving layers, first up is Jerry’s family, including his wife, the second layer includes two convicts Carl and Gaear who are the men delegated with the task of pretending to steal Jerry’s wife, and the third layer involves police chief Marge Gunderson on the hunt for all of the mentioned. All of These three separate but interacting worlds collide throughout the film and result in terrible consequences for everyone except the most honest person, Marge.
By the time we get to the end of Fargo, we will have witnessed all of Jerry’s bad decisions that have cascaded back to him and finally, he is taken into custody. Aristotle stated an excellent plot is a something that potentially could happen or something that has already happened. Fargo is based on a true story so the plot is historically accurate. The character is very well developed and the diction which is the expression of words or we could say the accents of the characters is there as well as song and spectacle being the least connected in the film.
The layers of this film are the most enjoyable parts. it’s an easy film and relatively quick but it offers some very good comedy and it also engages the viewer on a much deeper level if you’re willing to let it. Fargo provides an equal dose of tragedy and comedy which, when mixed, make the ideal Aristotelian tragedy.