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Unformatted text preview: The word tragedy now means a work of film, theatre or literature that has an unhappy ending. The idea is essentially the same, because even thousands of years later, human beings have not outgrown the basic needs of yesteryear. We still educate ourselves, fall in love, build/buy a house and raise children, just like the ancient Greeks. But unlike the Greeks, our society no longer produces men like Oedipus as a result tragedy is much less lofty and much more real (for the most part). Films like American History X, The Notebook and plays like August Osage County are good examples of modern tragedies. The key difference between works like these and Oedipus is that the flaws of the main character are much more noticeable, and they neednt be a hero for it to be a tragedy. Tragedies like this are easy for the masses to relate to....
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