What about S&S
Posted by Arnessa on May 04, 1998 at 22:51:25:
In response to Yet..., written by Erin on May 03, 1998 at 12:35:18
] ...can we accurately apply the term "tragedy" (in its formal definition) to any of Austen's works? I accept the thesis that P&P, for example, resembles the tradedies of recognition, such as King Lear and Oedipus Rex. That is to say that the "problem" executed in P&P is similar to Lear and Oedipus --perception versus reality... but as a whole, P&P IMO does not constitute a tragedy per se.
OK, I'm enjoying the thread like everyone else, even though I don't know much about Greek tragedy. I have to say, though, that I do see tragedy in S&S but it's not often seen as real tragedy (maybe it IS the Christian thing). But Willoughby is separated forever from his true love due to a fatal mistake in his past. I try to persuade people to see him as a tragic figure, but all I get is heaps of scorn. (NOT REALLY, they do tolerate me a little on the S&S board.) So what do you think? Would Aristotle have seen it my way?
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