Some college essay prompts ask about a time when a belief or value you have or have had was challenged. This could be a topic to discuss in response to that prompt. “The Tragic Fallacy” totally just took my definition of tragedy and flipped it upside down. I actually agree with this more though. I think that it makes more sense. Tragedy isn’t the bad stuff that happens, it’s what comes from the bad stuff. It isn’t the one bad thing that happened to me, it’s the whole story of before, during, and after.
This article by Joseph Krutch says that bad things happen specifically so “that the human spirit has the opportunity to reveal itself triumphant over the outward universe which fails to conquer it;...” Krutch states that he believes tragedy is often confused with misfortune, but that cannot be true due to the fact that the most confident times in the world- the Periclean and the Elizabethan periods- are also the times that created and experienced the mightiest tragedies. The paradox that tragedy is only something gloomy or depressing is “resolved by the fact that tragedy is essentially an expression, not of despair, but of the triumph over despair and of confidence in the value of human life.” Tragedy always has to reach a happy ending, but often it does so in unconventional ways.
I think it was in my very first blog that I mentioned something about how tragedy is essential to the development of human nature and how it portrays the human condition in one of the most raw ways. “The Tragic Fallacy” definitely backs up my claim. Krutch talks about how tragedy satisfies the universal human desire to find justice, order, and recognizable meaning in the world; how it really does much more than that. He finishes up the article by relating tragedy to religion, quite brilliantly if you ask me, and states that tragedy is “s declaration that even if God is not in his Heaven, then at least Man is in his world.” He tells of the strengths and weaknesses of tragedy and religion, and shows just how much the two coincide.