tragedy Essay Topics

The Power of Clytemnestra

Agamemnon is the first part of the trilogy of Greek tragedies, The Oresteia.  The tragedy completely depicts the arrival of Agamemnon from the 10-year trojan war.  The tragic story also highlights the powers, political and personal, present in the three major characters, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus (Grene & Lattimore, 1953). Agamemnon, though not equal to… View Article

One Tragedy, Two Extreme Reactions

When our quiet, orderly lives are distorted and disturbed by a tragedy, we are expected to react in a rational way. We are expected to get angry, to grieve, and even to get depressed. But then amidst everything, we are expected to acknowledge reality to be able to move on.      The short story written… View Article

“The Tragedy of the Commons” by Garrett Hardin

. What shall we maximize? Hardin defines technical solution as such that “requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality”. Population grows geometrically or exponentially, but the world is finite. It means that in finite world… View Article

Tragedy Genre

Tragedy is a dramatic genre wherein which the hero struggles in the face of a great trial only to be defeated in the end. The defeat, however, is seen as a triumph instead of a loss since the focus should be on the quality of the struggle not the end, and the purpose of a… View Article

Tragedy: Form And Essence

For the more common people, the word tragedy is primarily associated with a bloody accident, death, or any form of sudden physical torture and a painful twist of fate that leave a sorrowful feeling at the end. Feelings of sadness, desperation, grief, hate, anger, and sometimes fear are the most frequent initial reactions of the… View Article

Demise of a Hero

The play Antigone is one of the known Greek tragedies. Written by Sophocles and performed in 441 BC, the play is considered, up to the present time one of the most recognized tragedies ever written. But then, what is a tragedy and what differentiates it from other forms? Aristotle, in his Poetics, defined tragedy as… View Article

Tragedy and the Common Man

In Arthur Miller’s essay entitled “tragedy and the Common Man,” he explained the importance to depict characters a tragic figures worthy of great literature just as important as the great tragic heroes of Greek plays. In this essay he sets out his own idea of tragedy and the tragic hero. He demonstrates that it is… View Article

Tragedy Description

The First Question      Each sway of the seconds hand in the ticking classroom clock makes a thundering sound for Jeremy. This is the moment he has been waiting for. The final exam is about to begin in a few minutes now. God knows how badly he needs to excel in this test to get… View Article

Deception as a Symptom of a Corrupt Society in Marlowe and Wilde

The desperate need to be moral within society contributes to the motivations, choices, and actions made by people everyday.  It is society which defines what morality is and applies the necessary pressure to force individuals to conform.  Often, failing under these societal pressures, individuals are forced to use deception to escape the oppressive nature of… View Article

Willy is a tragic figure according to Aristotle’s concept of tragedy

Hamlet, Oedipus, King Lear, Macbeth, and Willy Loman are the characters observed by the critics in the numerous writings devoted to the genre of tragedy. Many critics argue if the classic tragedy must include “fall of princes,” as it was defined by Aristotle, or modern plays may be also defined as tragedies. Can the problem… View Article

‘A View from a Bridge’ by Author Miller

The play, ‘A View from a Bridge’, by Author Miller has the theme of a Modern Greek tragedy. A Greek tragedy is a play where fate runs it’s ‘bloody course’, which will lead to the tragic hero’s downfall. A tragic hero is usually a character of noble stature. Just like all people, tragic heroes aren’t… View Article

Antony Is a Tragic Hero

Anthony and Cleopatra was written in 1607, following the incredible period that gave us Hamlet, Orthello, King Lear and Macbeth. Although sometimes hard to categorise, some put this play with Julius Caesar and Corialanus, the Roman plays: all three use Plutharch’s lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans as their primary source and all three… View Article

Mankind’s Place in the World: Oedipus

Aristotle’s Poetics: Comedy and Epic and Tragedy comments on the reflection of reality by it’s very imitation. As with comedy being an imitation of the inferior and ugly, the role of the epic and tragedy follow the roles of characters of great importance. The idea being that only those of importance are even noticeable in… View Article

Proving King Lear Is a Tragedy

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 flaw in the character of the protagonist of a tragedy that brings the protagonist to ruin or sorrow. a… View Article

Hidetora: Tragic Hero

Tragedies have entertained people for centuries. They give people a reason to feel better about themselves, seeing that they could be a lot worse off like the characters in tragedies. They are also different than the clichéd “Hollywood ending” which is so commonly used. They show us that life doesn’t always go the way that… View Article

Sophocle’s Antigone

In the Sophocle’s play, Antigone, there are a many tragic characters in which some face death, and others watch as their loves ones die all around them. There is nothing more tragic than to be surrounded by the dead, especially when it may be one’s own fault. Therefore, Creon is the most tragic character of… View Article

What Defines Blanche Dubois

Does tragic define her? Does heroine define her? As Aristotle once said “a man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall”. Every hero/heroine has a tragic flaw which ultimately leads to their downfall, but can we call Blanche Dubois a tragic heroine? In theatre a tragic heroine is… View Article

Greek Influence on Western Literature

Slide One: The plays performed at the Festival of Dionysus represented a completely new performance genre: drama. Plays like Oedipus Rex, Medea, and Antigone laid the groundwork for the great plays to make up the western canon, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Slide Two: This era also saw the birth… View Article

Lan-Based Computerized Office Equipment Borrowing System

INTRODUCTION: Now a day, local area networking particularly computer jobs makes differences which are essential in our daily lives. Computer helps such an online marketing, online gaming as well as online reporting news updates to be specific. Local area networking also helps to do things in a short period of time. In fact computer change… View Article

King Lear: A Tragedy

In Shakespeare’s, “King Lear” the structure and elements of tragedy help develop the theme of greed throughout the play. In the first act of the play the reader is introduced to a proble, King Lear is getting old and when he passes away he doesn’t want his three daughters fighting for his kingdom. King Lear… View Article

Clarification Theory

“Aristotle’s statement about the final end of tragedy— Purgation or Catharsis—has been so endlessly misunderstood, so uncritically assumed to be true.” Discuss. ‘Katharsis’ or ‘Catharsis’ is a word of Greek origin. In the Greek language it has three meanings—”Purgation,” “Purification,” “Clarifica¬tion.” Aristotle uses this word in the Poetics only once. While dealing with the function… View Article

The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy stands among the first group of Elizabethan plays now known as the Tragedies of Revenge. To present his theme Kyd has structured the play masterfully. Not only are the ironies brilliantly cultivated but also the episodes are contrived with striking skill to reflect and balance each other. Mingling the themes of love,… View Article

Elements of Tragedy

Aristotle’s views regarding tragedy are mainly based upon the excellencies which “Oedipus Rex” possesses as a tragedy. The play presents an imitation of an action or piece of life, which is serious, complete in itself and also having a certain magnitude. The means employed by Sophocles is language beautified by all available devices. The story… View Article

Aristotle Response Paper

Aristotle presents the element of tragedy as more then the textbook definition; an event resulting in great loss and misfortune, but describes how it is an art that can enhance all types of poetry. He defines tragedy as being an imitation of an action that is a whole and complete in itself and of a… View Article

Reaction Paper: Oedipus the King

Prophecies, it is a presumption from extraordinary being, maybe from the prophets, gods or goddesses about the destiny of somebody. In the classical story of Oedipus the King, the story revolves about the prophecy made by the god about the destiny of Oedipus. It is a classic literature from the Greek mythology. It is a… View Article

Oedipus Rex Character Analysis

Oedipus, in Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, is by definition, a tragic hero. King Laios of Thebes was given a prophecy from the oracle that he would be murdered by his son’s hand, and that his son would marry his wife, Queen Iocaste. When Oedipus was born, King Laios had him taken to Mt. Cithaeron to… View Article

The Strength of Jacob: A Tragedy

Characters Jacob: an African-American preacher and civil rights activist Susan: Jacob’s only daughter Mary: Jacob’s wife Billy: Susan’s boyfriend, who is white Setting Alexandria, VA in the 1950s. The action takes places in and around Jacob’s church, as well as in the family home. PROLOGUE Susan: To wrestle with God is always to win, even… View Article

Is Troy Maxson a tragic hero?

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher who outlined the unique and powerful qualities of tragedy. For Aristotle, tragedy was the most refined version of poetry dealing with grand matters. Oedipus Rex and Antigone are just two examples of famous Greek tragedies. Fences by August Wilson is a contemporary play, and is certainly not… View Article

Plot vs Character in Tragedy

Q. PLOT Vs CHARACTER In Tragedy In his immortal creation Poetics Aristotle mentions six formative elements of tragedy — ‘Plot’, ‘Character’, ‘Thought’, ‘Diction’, ‘Spectacle’ and ‘Song’. And among them ‘plot’ gets the prior attention and importance. Aristotle claims ‘plot’ to be the soul of tragedy. In his view character as secondary to the plot. He… View Article