A Comparative Analysis of Classical, Shakespearean and Modern Tragedies


Tragic drama since the Classical Greece has had some distinct changes in the course of its development. Since the time of Sophocles, tragedy has been shaped by different theatrical conventions and philosophies. It has experienced different kinds of change under various kinds of situations, pressures etc., which obviously came from the changing world about it. Each period sees the development of a special orientation and emphasis, a characteristic style of theatre. The framework of this paper falls on its search to draw a comparative analysis of the Classical, Renaissance and Modern tragedies. The tragic conception from the time of the Greeks to the present has undergone a metamorphosis in definitions and experience. This paper therefore highlights the fundamental similarities and differences between the tragedies of the Classical, the Renaissance and the Modern ages. It discusses the overall significance of changes in convention which tragedy like every other genre has undergone from the ancient period. The paper concludes that it is obvious from the consideration of the three great periods of tragedy that no theatrical period ever repeats itself as there are differences among them as there must be since the theatre of any given period reflects the world in which it exists

Citation: Chidi-Igbokwe M.A. (2022) A Comparative Analysis of Classical, Shakespearean and Modern Tragedies, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.10, No.11, pp.21-36

Keywords: Aristotle, Arthur Miller, Classical, Renaissance, Shakespeare, Sophocles, modern period., tragedy

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37745/gjahss.2013/vol10n112136

Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 21-36 (Download PDF)

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