Greek philosopher, mentions “character is destiny” while tragic story is just another representation of our life barrier. No matter how
lucky or perfect a person is, there has always some tragic moments that he or she can’t avoid in his or her life. This is why tragic stories
can be so attractive to the readers. Throughout the stories, the audience can correlate their life situations with those ones that the
character is facing. Thus, many tragic stories are plotted as in reality that they usually have some characteristics in common which build
the stories up to the hill of tragic moments and bring it back down to the regular life. Among them, character flaw, crisis, and discovery
moment can be considered as three main components for a basis composition of tragic story.
Every tragic story involves character flaw or hamartia leading the characters to the crisis, which ends up their lives with
destructive consequences. The flaw is part of the character’s imperfection characteristic as accordingly is the main potential cause of a
tragic situation. One of the most common character flaws is obsession. For example, in the short novella “The Man Who Was Almost a
Man” by Richard Wright, Dave Saunder, the adolescent protagonist preoccupy his mind with the gun which he believes could instantly
make him a real man. However, his obsession doesn’t make him become a hero. Instead, it makes him the laughingstock among the
kids. Similarly, a protagonist from another novella “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker obsession of reclaiming her heritage breaks down
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...any tragic stories are built upon different topic and narrated throughout various perspective of life but they all have similar and
common ways of illustration. As discussed above, character flaw, crisis and discovery moment are three indispensable parts for the
formation of a tragic story no matter what typical subject it is based on. Thus, throughout those tragic stories, the audiences can learn
some lessons not to step into the same situations so that we can avoid many tragic moments of our lives.
Updike, John. "A&P." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. 765-70. Print.
Wright, Richard. "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. 825-1961. Print.
Walker, Alice. "Everyday Use." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. 776-82. Print.
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