Like some huge phantom, Kala swung noiselessly from tree to tree; now running nimbly along a great branch, now swinging through space at the end of another, only to grasp that of a farther tree in her rapid progress toward the scene of the tragedy
her knowledge of jungle life told her was being enacted a short distance before her.
There hasn't been any TRAGEDY in your life, Mistress Blythe.
Rich comedy and thrilling tragedy were both lying hidden in Captain Jim's "life-book," waiting for the touch of the master hand to waken the laughter and grief and horror of thousands.
Pathos differs from Tragedy in that Tragedy (whether in a drama or elsewhere) is the suffering of persons who are able to struggle against it, Pathos the suffering of those persons (children, for instance) who are merely helpless victims.
In that case it really marks the beginning of the success of the side which is to be victorious at the end (in Tragedy the side opposed to the hero) and it initiates (5) a Falling Action, corresponding to the Rising Action, and sometimes of much the same length, wherein the losing side struggles to maintain itself.
But it must always be remembered that in such writing as Comedy and Romance the strict rules of motivation must be relaxed, and indeed in all literature, even in Tragedy, the idealization, condensation, and heightening which are the proper methods of Art require them to be slightly modified.
What then remains to complete the tragedy
but a murder or two and a few moral sentences!
If I have lingered a little over this description of the Glandier, it is not because I have reached the right moment for creating the necessary atmosphere for the unfolding of the tragedy before the eyes of the reader.
When he bought the estate, fifteen years before the tragedy with which we are engaged occurred, the Chateau du Glandier had for a long time been unoccupied.
If you care for my profession of faith as regards that, I'll tell you that I don't believe there was any tragedy
A fellow who couldn't write a tragedy
on pain of death, and who will never have one dedicated to him with the most complimentary congratulations on the high position he has taken in the eyes of posterity
The pride and obstinacy of millers and other insignificant people, whom you pass unnoticingly on the road every day, have their tragedy
too; but it is of that unwept, hidden sort that goes on from generation to generation, and leaves no record,--such tragedy
, perhaps, as lies in the conflicts of young souls, hungry for joy, under a lot made suddenly hard to them, under the dreariness of a home where the morning brings no promise with it, and where the unexpectant discontent of worn and disappointed parents weighs on the children like a damp, thick air, in which all the functions of life are depressed; or such tragedy
as lies in the slow or sudden death that follows on a bruised passion, though it may be a death that finds only a parish funeral.
It may be that Steiner's judgment that in the modern period the wrestling of fate and freedom tragedy
calls for cannot be obtained simply encodes a quasi-Aristotelian, post-Darwinian fear about the stunted moral scope of modern drama.
The first Stuart monarch and his court inspired huge and bombastic dramas: onstage tragedy
after onstage tragedy
repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction with the king, his government, and life in general.
But, by the end, what you feel is not sorrow but anger that the filmmakers have turned a genuine tragedy
into Hollywood treacle.