Traditional/Modern Tragedy

Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 10:56 am
What are the elements/characteristics of Traditional Tragedy and how do they differ from Modern Tragedy as well as playwrights associated with those genre's?
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 12:12 pm
Hi anp, welcome to a2k.

Here's a link that talks about Aristotle's definition of tragedy. (I'm guessing that's what your teacher means by traditional tragedy.)

Modern tragedy is going to be harder to define.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 12:16 pm
Here are two dictionary definitions of tragedy. I think that the first one is more typical of Greek tragedy, and the second is more modern.

A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.

A play, film, television program, or other narrative work that portrays or depicts calamitous events and has an unhappy but meaningful ending.
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