The Search for Truth in Tragedy Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Search for Truth in Tragedy
An analysis of the tragedies in the "Epic of Gilgamesh", Sophocles' "Antigone" and Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice".
# 148548 | 1,252 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper examines several prominent examples of tragedy, including the "Epic of Gilgamesh", Sophocles' "Antigone", and Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", and the central figures' tragic quests for truth. The paper discussess how the end of all these tragedies can be seen as the discovery or confirmation of a truth one would rather have avoided. The paper points out that it is usually the denial of this truth, or attempts to alter it, that cause the conflict and tragedy of a text.

From the Paper:

"It has been said that life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. The truth of this statement is a matter of some debate, but it was never meant to be taken completely literally. That is, though comedy is largely an intellectual matter, tragedy is hardly limited solely to the realm of emotion. Many great tragedies, especially the Greek forerunners of the genre, do work on a largely visceral level, but there is also always a measure of cerebral conflict. This has been true of tragedy since the beginnings of human storytelling, and has continued to be so over the millennia of mankind's many civilizations and artistic movements. Tragedy relies mainly on emotion, but it also requires intellectual justifications, motives, and morals in order to evoke the emotive responses it is (according to some, most notably Aristotle) meant to."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arrowsmith, William. Antigone. New York: San Val, 1999.
  • Mason, Herbert. Gilgamesh. New York: Mariner, 2003.
  • Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Washington D.C.: Folgers, 1997.

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