Sitting through one of the innumerable classes in which I have studied some work of tragic literature (I've taken alot of English and theatre), I have noticed that many of my fellow students seem to react with a sort of "good riddence" attitude. Faustus and Oedipus are not sympathetic charecters, becouse they deserve what they got. What was once called tragedy now seems to be called "justice."
I find this kind of scarry. I mean, I am certainly a very flawed person (arn't we all?), in some ways very much like Faustus and especialy like Hamlet. If they who are like me deserved to suffer greatly, then do I not also deserve this? And if I do, then do we all?
Maybe, but I would think and hope that this would make us sympathetic.
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Oedipus never appealed to me. I guess it was just the fact that I had to write like 10 essays on him, but hey if you like that stuff its cool with me. I think the difference between most people and the tragic heroes in the plays that we read about is that most people try their sincere best to fix those flaws. I know I try to, and I'm pretty sure that everyone around me does too. That's why people give up stuff for Lent and things like that. Even if they don't really believe in God, they realize that it's a good opportunity to exercise more or cut down on junk food or whatever. I think the same applies for character traits as well. If a person comes across as too cocky or overconfident, many times they will try and work on it. There are very few people I can think of that are just immature like that, and if they are, they aren't very popular.
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