RARA-AVIS: Noir and tragedy

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 25 Sep 2005

Marianne Macdonald wrote:

The classical definition of a tragic her (yerrr,
"hero" of course) is a great man with a single tragic character flaw which leads to his destruction. I don't really see that as an unarguable description of the noir protagonist, where that balance of strength and weakness may be reversed.

*************** Tragedy and noir both involve a bad move made from a precarious position.

The first noir protagonists were fairly despicable, but later on some noir authors entertained the idea of a protagonist who was basically a good guy but for one mistake. Build My Gallows High and River Girl fall into this category.


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