Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tragedy within a Tragedy, Nobody knows what Tragedy means!

Tragedy follows tragedy
"A woman who missed Air France Flight 447 is killed in a car accident."

This wasn't a tragedy! But the ignorance of people who use the word tragedy, as regularly as they smoke their cheap cigarettes, is.

From (too lazy to walk to my personal library and retrieve my Websters)

a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.
the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.
any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.
the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.
a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.

As any student of the Ancient Greek literature can attest, the tragedy is a Greek invention where a protagonist suffers some sort of calamitous harm brought upon by his earlier actions, unaware he caused them. Read Euripides before writing for the AP or Reuters! Debasing the language this much is merely a sign of Western decadence and collapse.

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