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TragedyTragedy is a form of drama which can be traced as far back as the Greek theatre. The word is derived from the Greek language, and the original meaning is "goat-song", though it is not known how this applies to the dramatic form with which we are familiar. It probably dates back to the rites and dramatic enactment of tales of the gods in the early Greek religion and mythology. A major feature or purpose of Greek tragedy was catharsis (emotional cleansing)
The hallmarks of a tragedy are:
One of the greatest specialist writers of tragedy in modern times was Jean Racine, who towered over his greatest rival, Pierre Corneille, in terms of talent, and brought a new face to the genre. When his play, Berenice, was criticised for not containing any deaths, Racine disputed the conventional view of tragedy.
John Webster (1580?-1635?), also wrote famous plays of the genre:
The rarity of tragedy in the American theater is probably due to the American ideal, that man is captain of his fate and that justice inevitably rules the affairs of men. However, Arthur Miller stands out as a successful writer of tragic plays. Among them:
See alsoGreek tragedy, tragicomedy, classicism
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