Modern

Modern authors molded and altered the tragedies of the past and created new, exciting ways to portray the pains that many previous authors brought.

Modern

Today, tragedy has been molded and shaped into new productions. Instead of creating hypothetical characters where characters may have characters that are far from reality, modern day tragedy utilizes modern characters that are faced with real, plausible issues. By doing this, authors are able to make tragedy more directly appeal and become relatable for those that watch it.

Simplification of the human is a large theme in the creation of modern tragedy. Characters are no longer built up to be great individuals, but rather removed of everything and forced to live a normal, ordinary life. They are no longer in powerful positions, but can be seen as “the common man.” The tragic flaw that characters have is not always a weakness, but a failing that many can feel certain attachment towards.

Influential Members



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Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright, essayist, and figure in twentieth-century American theater.

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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway.

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Hubert Selby, Jr

Hubert "Cubby" Selby Jr. was an American writer. His best-known novels are Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, exploring worlds in the New York area.

Notable Works



Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

Requiem for a Dream

Hubert Selby, Jr