Tragic Differences

Tragedy has always been a popular theme in stories and plays. For centuries, people have been captivated by morbidly emotional finales, rather than by happy endings. Stories with a sad outcome fascinate us much more than those, ending on a happy note. Many of the best works of literature are considered to be tragedies. Shakespeare would be a perfect example of a man who had written many delightful comedies; yet, he was more famous for his grave tragedies. People seem to be more attached to something that disturbs them and leaves them uneasy, rather than to something frivolous and amusing. Maybe, it is because tragedies can be very didactic. Maybe, by studying typical causes of ...

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be classified as a tragedy. It is a repulsive story about a woman, who died just as she lived: lonely. Emily Grierson was a peculiar woman, who owned a large house, which was a mystery to many people. She never had any real friends and she never had a spouse. And when she started seeing a man, Homer Barron, everybody was assured that she would marry him. But Mr. Barron was as queer as Ms. Grierson was, so their melding was very unlikely. “When she had first begun to be seen with Homer Barron, we had said, “She will marry him.” Then we said, “She will persuaded him yet,” because homer himself had remarked – he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elk’s Club – that he was not a marrying man.” (Faulkner 280) Poor woman probably never even had the chance. But shortly after the two had been acquainted, Homer disappeared, and the woman became even more alienated, until she stopped coming out ...

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wife, Charlie kicks her out of the house and makes her spend the night in the cold. As a result, his wife Helen dies from pneumonia. But Charlie has to pay more than his wife’s life; he looses the custody of his daughter to his sister-in-law, who ultimately becomes his Nemesis. And because Charlie’s daughter is all he has left in the world, her loss makes him absolutely lonely, which turns out to be his final punishment. “He would come back some day; they couldn’t make him pay forever. But he wanted his child, and nothing was much good now, beside that fact. He wasn’t young any more, with a lot of nice thoughts and dreams to have by himself. He was ...

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Added: 10/27/2006 06:25:29 PM
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