The Greeks acted out these stories with great emphasis on the emotional. They used huge masks to illustrate their thoughts and feelings. The chorus, a group that sang the tale like a common day narrator, followed the characters as the Gods might. The play was a spectacle of grand proportion and design. Aristotle used this and other plays to illustrate his concepts of tragedy and the parts of the whole that made it so. Aristotle used the play to show how things can happen. One's fortune is reversed by his perception, and his ignorance transformed into knowledge at the tragic end of the tale.
Aristotle the Philosopher. Contributors J.L. Ackrill - author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of Publication: Oxford, UK. Publication Year: 1981.
Characteristics of Greek Tragedy as retrieved August 15, 2004 at http://www.classics, upenn.edu/myth/tragedy/theater.php