The Tragedy Of The Greek Tragedy

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Great Tragedy Results in Deeper thinking Throughout the history of ancient literature, tragedy was one of the most famous and significant literary forms. Especially, Greek tragedy literature was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BCE, and formed the foundation upon which all modern theatre is based (Cartwright). I will look for not only the reasons why Greek writers composed such tragedy, but also focus on what made the audience enjoy the tragedy. Because, essentially the readers and the audience were the people make literatures famous and the way how audience interpreted them is also important. Indeed, tragedy not only influenced the ancient audience, but also have a great effect upon many current readers.

Before we begin discuss about the ancient tragedy, let me first illustrate the meaning of tragedy. Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences (Banham). Moreover, some scholars suggest tragedy is the mirror image or negative of comedy. For instead of depicting the rise in circumstances of a dejected or outcast underdog, tragedy shows us the downfall of a once prominent and powerful hero. Like comedy, tragedy also supposedly originated as part of a religious ritual (Simpson). And in ancient Greek, both comedy and tragedy were performed widely in the theatre. Essentially, both comedy and tragedy were created and performed

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