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Shakespeare Tragedy Class 101If you were to walk out onto a street and get hit by a car people might think this is a tragedy referring to the common usage of the word as meaning anything bad that happens to a person or society But in the days of Shakespeare the word tragedy had on more significant meanings it meant a drama having a disastrous or fatal ending brought about by the characters inevitable and uncontrollable fate or conflicts within himself or with his fellowmen Tragedy 305 To better understand what tragedy truly means we must examine the key elements of tragedy seriousness magnitude unity conflict and suffering Yelland 206 As seen in Shakespeares tragedies they are all serious in that they are grave and contemplative Shakespeare flushes out the sadness that comes from a tragic flaw or harmatia within the character which leads to a catastrophe Yelland 207 Hamlet overpowered by the evil surrounding him falls into evil himself Boyce 653 His tragic flaw being indecisive and too thoughtful takes on a serious tone compelling the audience to react accordingly Hamlet is just one of the many central characters in Shakespeares plays who have fallen victim of his own strength 652 Magnitude is another element in tragedy found mainly in characterization During the Elizabethan and Greek era tragedies revolved around people of great importance as opposed to other ages where the protagonists were ordinary men of inconsequential titles Tragedy 306 Hamlet being a typical tragedy evolves itself in the noble realms of Denmark where he the prince of Denmark was usurped of his throne by the marriage of his uncle and the Queen Yelland said that magnitude is also evident in the large simplicity of the action in the power and intensity of the conflicts involved and in the poetry and dignity of the expression 207 In essence it is the pieces of the plays united together that creates magnitudeA tragedy without unity
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