New Theory of TragedyEdit
Combining examples of Greek, Shakespearean, and modern tragedies, one can identify the elements of tragedy that remain constant through the times.
VIrtually all of Aristotle's original theory remains intact. In contemporary society, a tragic hero remains someone who is neither completely good nor completely evil, who unwittingly undergoes his or her tragic flaw, and who debatably suffers more than he or she deserves. The plots must be complex, real, and to an extent, relatable. Ultimately, the protagonist misjudges what the consequences of his or her actions will be, and multiple characters will suffer due to the error. However, the external forces acting on the character may be attributed to little other than fate, destiny, or luck. The interference of a God or numerous gods is seldom explicitly stated in contemporary tragedy. Finally, the protagonist generally rises from rags to riches with good intentions but and gets distracted from his or her original intentions along the way, rather than being born into the noble life.
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