The Greek concept of tragedy, as well as Nietzsche’s association with this in The Birth of Tragedy, both demonstrate the concept of the Greek tragedy and how it is related to the self that creates the tragic situations. According to Nietzsche, the associations with tragedy led the modern man into a misunderstanding of morality and self – destruction based on fear. The challenge is to recreate the Greek tragedy into a modern understanding of living in a different society and culture.
The concept of tragedy was first developed through the Greeks and related to different life situations which were reflected in literature. The main component of tragedy was to create an emotional response through the actions that the characters took and through the audience. As the characters created a sense of self that related to tragedy, the audience was able to relate to what was occurring and responded specifically with the emotional feeling of sadness or grief from the outcome of the play. More importantly, the tragedy and conflict that created the emotion would occur with choices that were made from an initial controversy which the characters would not be able to display in any other manner. The tragedy that occurs from the main conflict is one that is defined by the afflictions that the characters bring to the self. The way that these are responded to through the characters then becomes the major problem with the affliction and leads to the end emotional tragedy. The tragedy that occurs is at a given point and is when the self moves through the conflicts and afflictions. The final point of the tragedy is when the choices by the self lead to destruction and the inability to recover from the destruction that occurs (Silk, 293).
The concepts that apply to the Greek tragedy then move into different components that the Greeks used to define tragic endings in literature as well as through life. The way that the Greeks looked at