Key Words: tragedy or tragic drama , dramatic Representations, action, protagonist, ‘Poetics’, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Denmark, madness
“What a piece of work is a man!”
— HAMLET 2.2.317
The term tragedy or tragic drama is broadly applied specifically to literary and especially to dramatic representations of serious action, which eventuate in a disastrous conclusion for the protagonist (the chief character). More precise and detailed discussion of the tragic form properly begins with – although they should not end with – Aristotle’s classical analysis in the ‘Poetics’.