'When The Bad Bleeds, Then Is The Tragedy Good.' Analytical Essay by Theslider

'When The Bad Bleeds, Then Is The Tragedy Good.'
The paper is a literary discussion regarding the elements within a tragedy that contribute to its strength, success and value.
# 146933 | 2,178 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 | GB

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This paper examines those elements of a classic tragedy such as The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy and The White Devil that determine their effectiveness and their literary value. The paper contends that what makes such tragedies great is that they all push away from rather than towards classic Aristotelian code of catharsis into something else, which brings them startlingly close to the discourses of post-modernity. The paper concludes that by their (ir)resolution they are forced to be introspective, asking as opposed to answering questions of morality and encouraging the exploration of the audience's notions of self as individuals and as a culture. The references are presented in table format in this paper.

From the Paper:

"The title quotation raises many relevant issues about what makes a tragedy good; is it the ability to create an emotive response in an audience, an Aristotelian notion of catharsis, a sense of vindication and justice, psychological viability of character, forcing an audience to question their existing notions of morality, or a combination of the above? Equally questionable is the concept of 'the bad' in relation to the good; is it as black and white as one may first perceive?
"The concept of 'the bad' within the context of the Revenge Tragedy is very much dependent on contemporary attitudes towards revenge itself. In earlier English culture, especially pre-Norman conquest where there was no centralised means for the sanctioning of crime, the vindication of a wrong was not only an option for an injured party but it was expected in order to uphold one's honour. However by the Elizabethan age attitudes appear to have changed considerably, and revenge faced 'the denunciations of the clerics and moralists' (Fred Bowers Elizabethan Revenge tragedy p12), and a system of justice governed by the state was in place and "it exercised a force second to none in the constant war against the private lawlessness of the times" (ibid). So by this reasoning both the instigator of reprisal and the perpetrator of the offence are to be condemned as 'the bad."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ed. Gamini Salgado Three Jacobean Tragedies 1982 Penguin Books
  • Cyril Tourneur The Revengers Tragedy 1982 Penguin Books
  • John Webster Three Plays 1987 Penguin Books
  • Intro/notes: D C Gunby The White Devil 1987 Penguin Books
  • Thomsa Kyd Ed. Simon Tussler The Spanish Tragedy 1997 Nick Hern Books

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