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The Tragic Experience In the book Deliverance four civilized normal antifrictional men take a canoeing trip down a dangerous unpredictable wild unknown river All through out their trip they are forced to deal with many tragic experiences Each one of them must decide how to deal with these experiences They can either get sucked into the pain and spiral downward until they eventually destroy themselves or they can take in the pain and becomes stronger as a result A tragic experience is defined as the spectacle of a protagonist alone and uncomforted forced to suffer fortunes reverses When a tragic experience occurs it does not make moral assertions instead it asks questions For example it will ask what is possible here What is man capable of doing in the situation What might come of that The protagonist is often isolated form society and hisher suffering is often disproportionate to his culpability or the protagonist often does not deserve what heshe gets A tragic experience tests mans moral spiritual emotional and physical limits to overcome extreme odds both within and with out A tragic experience views a happy ending as a waste almost as if it wasnt worth what they went through In Deliverance there is a whole slur of tragic experiences The first and main experience happens early in the trip When Bobby and Ed go ashore to wait for Lewis and Drew two hillbillies confront them After raping Bobby and tying up Ed to a tree Lewis shoots one of the hillbillies with a bow while the other one escapes This experience ignites the tragic experience bomb and clears the way for many more to come The second tragedy occurs when they continue to make their way downstream They come a pun a series of rapids and both canoes capsize After making it through the rapids they discover that Drew was shot in the head by the hillbilly at the top of the
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