What is the Meaning & Definition of tragedy

The tragedy is a play in which the characters are confronted with mysterious forces operating against them, inevitably causing its destruction. It is one of the variants that can have dramatic genre. Its origin lies in the ancient Greece.
One of the first analyses that can be noted with regard to this subject is attributed to Aristotle. In the poetic addresses define the tragedy and to establish which are the issues that touch on them. But most striking is the social function that it offers, to which is called catharsis. This consists of the purge of feelings that are experienced in the course of the work.
The authors of the first tragedies little information comes to us. Some names are Thespis, Choerilus, Pratinas, and Phrynichus. However, the fundamental author who signed the road map of the genre is undoubtedly Aeschylus. Thus, it was established that the composition was divided into three parts, introduced a second actor who made a representation of the text and first used masks and buskins. His biggest rival was Sophocles, who beat him in an arbitrated event. This also introduced some changes, such as the monologue and the scenery. Other changes were provided by Euripides, the last author who excels at this stage; among them stands out the psychological complexity of the characters, evolving as events occur.
After the touted classic stage, tragedy followed its course introducing variants that made it very different from its origins in regards to the form. However, he always kept thematic elements which refer to a fateful destiny against which fought unsuccessfully. These recurring aspects made that the term "tragedy" is used beyond literature, mainly to account for undesirable situations and to produce pain.
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