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Characteristics of Tragedy & Comedy -- A Debatable List
The following list by John Morreall represents a conglomeration of varying theory on the nature of tragedy and comedy. Personally, I find (depending on the play) some of the characteristics more convincing and others less so. Try testing a play we're reading in class against these ideas. Do they successfully explain what's going on in the work? | |
|The Cognitive Psychology of the Tragic and Comic Visions                                                                                   |
|TRAGEDY                                                                 |COMEDY                                                           |
|Simplicity: Tragic heroes tend to approach problems and situations in a |Complex: Comic heroes tend to be more flexible. Life tends to be |
|fairly straight-forward manner. Life can be understood in simple         |messier, full of diversity and unexpected twists and turns. It is|
|binaries -- good/bad; just/unjust; beautiful/ugly.                       |more difficult to classify experience.                           |
|Low Tolerance for Disorder: Tragic plots tend to stress order and       |High Tolerance for Disorder: Comic plots tend to be more random; |
|process -- the end follows from the beginning.                           |they seem to be improvised, leaving a number of loose ends.       |
|Preference for the Familiar: Tragic heroes and plots have "a low         |Seeking out the Unfamiliar: Comic heroes and plots tend to see   |
|tolerance for cognitive dissonance." The violation of the norm is what   |the unexpected and surprising as an opportunity rather than a     |
|brings about a tragic fall.                                             |norm-violation.                                                   |
|Low Tolerance for Ambiguity: In tragedy, things should have one meaning |High Tolerance for Ambiguity: In comedy, ambiguity is what makes |
|and have clear-cut...

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