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When we think of a tragedy instantaneously the classic Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet springs into our mind Thoughts of lost love and torments abound The most human of emotions sorrow overwhelms us We shudder a chill creeps up our spine We agonize over the tragedy and the tragic figure We lose sight of reality and stumble headlong into the story Enthralled by the suspense captured by the Irony that we know what plight lies ahead for the characters We become enraptured by tragedies We feel the pain the suffering and the helplessness of the characters as the tragedy unwinds However powerful a story Kate Chopins The Awakening may be it is by no means a tragedy The Awakening does not posses the necessary components of a tragedy There is no tragic figure there is no tragic plot or theme and the ending is far from tragic First tragic figures must captivate the audience They must create an atmosphere that is shrouded in irony suspense and mystery These figures must also make the audience love them feel for them and experience the anguish and pain they will undergo King Lear is a great example of a tragic figure He appeals to the reader and captures their attention The reader ends up sympathizing for him and wanting him to overcome the obstacles which block his path He motivates the emotion of the audience and controls their feelings Edna Pontellier does not have the depth of character or ability to be a tragic figure From the opening chapters she is portrayed as a troubled woman one who is captured within a society where she does not belong Her marriage to Leonce is one of convenience there is no love no passion and no affection between them Edna portrays a woman who is caught up within a life which does not suit her She is in all aspects a possession Her every action is dictated by her husband
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