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Sinziana Velicescu First Class Paper October 6, 2008 Being Messed With: A Reflection In Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle’s Introduction to Literature, Crticism, and Theory , many subjects of analysis can be deemed The chapter titled “The Tragic” in Bennett and Royle’s book (B&R) is dreadfully unsettling due to the consequences of sympathizing with the so-called tragic hero in literature. A tragedy requires certain elements in order to achieve its psychological goal on the reader: the protagonist must have the noble characteristics of a hero but also must possess tragic flaws that lead to his inevitable yet unjust destruction. Furthermore, the death or destruction of the tragic hero must be synonymous with an apocalypticism, or revelation, in which the reader questions his or her own death and the destruction of society in response to the tragedy presented. A quote in B&R that encompasses the effects of tragedy states that, “Tragedy is offensive, it generates disunity and exposes disharmony. Like psychoanalytic theory, tragedy makes the unconscious public. It leaves us uncertain about our very identities, uncertain about how we feel, about what has happened to us” (106). This quote alone touches on three ways in which tragedy causes one to question oneself and the world in general. Firstly, the idea of disunity and disharmony relates to a chaotic feeling of meaningless that overcomes the reader. The unavoidability of destruction in one’s own world is revealed through the protagonist’s situation and a life of senselessness as well as a life without a God (or gods) becomes apparent as the reader gets the sense that there is no end to life except for the endlessness of violence and terror that occurs in the world.
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