Fargo and Tragedy of actions

“Again Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily possesses certain distinctive qualities both of character and thought; for it is by these that we qualify actions themselves” is a quote from the Poetics by Aristotle on how a character is reflected in their actions. The actions of Jerry reveal to us as an ambitious man but are extremely anxious when he goes into sudden bouts of aggression. He is willing to go to extremes if it means he can get to his goal, which is the money he needs to make a real estate deal. Carl starts off as prideful of himself and tries to play himself off as a well put together criminal but after a slew of clumsy efforts and lack of acknowledgement from his partner, he progressively gets more agitated and that leads to him agitating his partner Gaear to kill him. Gaear is mostly standoffish but will always resort to murder to get away quickly. It leads him to getting arrested. Marge is shown as a kind and will go out of the way for people. She has more interaction with various people out of the main four as she tries to strike up conversations to get ideas on her case. When looking at these characters closely, most of their actions can be classified as a reaction to their environment that has been altered by another with their actions.

Just as said in Poetics, “For Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of an action and of life, and life consists of action, and its end is a mode of action not a quality.” The plot is moved by these actions. Jerry’s fears of getting caught in this elaborate scheme is heightened by the actions of Marge investigation. Carl starts to lose himself because of Jerry’s continuous delays and his own actions and with how Carl chooses to act resulted in tipping off Gaerad who resorted to murdering him along with people that acted in a way that Gaerad perceived as wrong. Majority of these characters are described 

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