Many consider Oedipus the King as the greatest of the Western tragedies. What themes common in the tragedy resonate for us today?
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Does Medea fit the definition of a tragedy that we outlined in class? Why or why not?
Inspired by Seneca and made popular on the Elizabethan stage by Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy (1586), revenge tragedy depicts a son’s revenge for a father’s murder (or vice versa). The murder is revealed and directed to the protagonist by the murdered man’s ghost, as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1601).
The following presentation is meant as an introduction to epic poetry and tragedy.
A tragedy must not be a spectacle of a perfectly good man brought from prosperity to adversity. For this merely shocks us. Nor, of course must it be that of a bad man passing from adversity to prosperity; for that is not tragedy at all, but the perversion of tragedy, and revolts the moral sense.