Why tragedies are alluring - David E. Rivas
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The BBC Radio4’s In Our Time, gathers a panel of experts to discuss this important work, and provides great insights into its reception and influence through the ages.
Perhaps the greatest examples of tragedy from antiquity come from Sophocles in his Oedipus trilogy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus in Colonus and Antigone. The works of Renaissance playwrights, including William Shakespeare, are replete with the tropes identified by Aristotle. The great twentieth century American playwright Arthur Miller, who penned The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, also wrote a piece for the New York Times in 1949 titled “Tragedy and the Common Man.” In it, he provides an interesting modern, American take on the Aristotelian ideas of the tragic hero. Read it and see what you think.
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