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Tragedies (Drama)


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    • Dramatic tragedies
    • Tragic drama
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    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008(tragedy: A serious play (or, by extension, a novel) representing the disastrous downfall of a central character, the protagonist. In some ancient Greek tragedies a happy ending was possible, provided that the subject was mythological and treatment dignified, but the more usual conclusion, involving the protagonist's death, has become the defining feature in later uses of the term. Until the beginning of the 18th century, tragedies were written in verse, and usually dealt with the fortunes of royal families or other political leaders. Modern tragic drama, however, normally combines the socially inferior protagonist of domestic tragedy with the use of prose)
    • found: Cuddon, J.A. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(tragedy; Greek dramatic tragedy; tragedy has tended to be a form of drama concerned with the fortunes and misfortunes, and, ultimately, the disasters, that befall human beings of title, power and position; the overwhelming part about tragedy is the element of hopelessness, of inevitability; the concept of tragedy has changed greatly since the 16th c. The scale and tone of tragedy or anything resembling it has been modified. We now have the grief, the misery, the disaster, of the ordinary man.)
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