There are many misconceptions in society. People have wrong definitions for what seems like everything. One of the misunderstandings of the world is what actually counts as a tragedy. The common belief is that tragedy is anything bad that happens. Tragedy is actually some form of drama or art that deals with the subject of human suffering. It brings extreme emotion, called catharsis, to its audience. The word tragedy is derived from the Greek word translating to “goat song.” The structure of tragedies are complex, not simple. There is more than just one kind of tragedy. Aristotle has 4 Species of Tragedy: Complex, Suffering, Character, and Spectacle. There is also the tragedy of the commons. This is an economic system where people act according to their own self interests when using a shared resource as opposed to helping everyone. The last type of tragedy we read about is revenge tragedy(play), which is where a protagonist seeks revenge for an imagined or actual injury.
Tragedy comes from mainly from Ancient Greece, but there is also Roman and Renaissance to name a few. I personally enjoy Greek tragedy. Aristotle, known for his Greek tragedies, says that “Tragedy is characterized by seriousness and involves a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune.” and “ Change from good to bad is preferable as because this induces pity and fear within the spectators.” I know that when tragedies follow this path, I am much more intrigued and able to follow the story better. I enjoy misfortune in stories, whatever that may tell you about me, and I think it creates an exceptional way to explore the truths of humanity.
I think tragedy is essential to the development of human nature. It portrays the human condition in one of the most raw expressions that exists. We can absolutely learn from it. We can learn from anything, but particularly from tragedy due to the fact that it allows us to explore the darker side of life and see how different people react to certain events. It shows us the deepest, darkest, most undesirable parts of life, and we are able to see that no one is inherently good; we all have indecent parts of us that we don’t want anyone to see- or may not even know exist in us in the first place.