The Tragic in Human Life
HNSM 464 - The Tragic in Human Life3 hours We typically look at tragedy as something having to do with untimely or painful death or with a great harm done to an innocent. But tragedy, in its original sense, also concerns humankind’s dealing with weighty issues: issues of fundamental importance to the understanding of the human condition. What do we mean by the tragic? Are our lives controlled by fate or a higher power? Or, do we control our lives and determine our own destinies? Ultimately, what is our place in this world: does human life have meaning? We will explore these and other questions through critical readings and spirited discussions of the following texts: Job, Oedipus Tyrannus, King Lear, Aristotle’s Poetics and Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy.