RARA-AVIS: Win or lose and The Odyssey

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Mar 2005

Thanks for the great comments on tragedy and noir, Kerry. I see where you're coming from now. You said it the first time but I was being dense. Although both the tragic and noir protagonist is doomed, you are saying that the essence of tragedy is that the protagonist screws himself, and in noir the protagonist really has no choice in the matter. Are we talking free will here? I think I could buy into that, Kerry, but I don't know a darn thing about tragedy. Guess I need to read a few of the old Greek classics and get a warm fuzzy.

Speaking of the old Greek classics, I just finished Homer's ODYSSEY, one of the earlier hardboiled epics of the Western world. Great story. Lots of fun. OK, a little pompous and boring in places. Character motivation confused me in places but that's not unusual for a guy like me.


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