Tragedy and Comedy Comparison Essay by writingsensation

Tragedy and Comedy
A discussion of tragedy and comedy in literature.
# 75580 | 1,279 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 17, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Shakespeare (General)

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This paper tries to find the similarities, despite their obvious differences, between tragedy and comedy. The paper explores Greek and Shakespearean literature to qualify points made. The author of the paper concludes with a personal opinion and an example of the correlation of tragedy and comedy in life.

From the Paper:

" This criticism can however be rebutted by the fact that tragedy and comedy can entail elements of each other. Although a tragic Greek play involved more death and injury than the comedy, both genres focused on the meaning and the consequences of actions. To once again take the example of Oedipus, several people die as a result of his inability to escape his fate. He however accepts this and does what he feels is necessary to once again balance the elements. This, in an extreme way, gives meaning to Oedipus' tragedy and provides him with a sort of peace. Comedy approaches life from a different angle but also with the basic search for meaning in life. The obstacles before the glory in the end can be related to the obstacles in tragedy, all of which need to be overcome to reach the appropriate end of the play. The common element therefore is the search for meaning and peace through the turmoil of the obstacles provided by means of either tragic or comic elements in the ancient Greek play."

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