Re: RARA-AVIS: Stephen Hunter: tragedy and melodrama

Date: 29 Dec 2004

miker wrote:

"There was a comment by an old lady in one of Hunter's novels, POINT OF IMPACT I think, where she says that something that happened was tragedy, not melodrama. She differentiates between the two by saying that the protagonist's downfall in a tragedy is caused by his virtues. Is that right? I've never heard it put that way before."

As I recall from my long ago lit classes, it was a "fatal flaw" that brought about the hero's fall, not virtue. It was often (usually? always?) a varation on one of the seven deady sins: pride, greed, etc.


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