Comedy Portraying Weakness and Tragedy Shows Strength

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The claim, of “comedy portraying weakness and tragedy shows strength”, applies to some extent in the plays “A Doll’s House” and “ The Seagull”. The protagonists of both, the tragic and the comic play, displays strength and weakness equally in a given situation. However, it depends on how the readers want to see it, to one reader the decision made by a character may portray strength to another it might portray signs of weakness.

In the beginning of the play “ A Doll’s House” , the protagonist, Nora, is displayed as her husband’s “little squirrel” and a child-like character who behaves playfully and obediently “twittering” around her husband. As we further read on, we learn Nora has been keeping a secret. She loaned money forging her father signature in order to save her dying husband. This in its self shows a completely different character from what is displayed at the beginning of the play. In the last act, Nora’s husband, Torvald, finds out about her forgery and treats Nora in a very ill-mannered way by calling her an “immortal” and a “filthy woman”. Due to which Nora decides to leave the house, leaving all her responsibilities and her children. The decision taken by Nora to leave signifies self discovery , independence and a lot of courage to part from her children, this clearly portrays strength during a tragic situation with her husband. However, this act could also display weakness – Nora decides to run away from her responsibilities rather than trying to clear her act and face the consequences. She also mentions of “not having what it takes” to be a good mother – which shows less confidence within herself.

Similarly, in the comic drama, “The Seagull”, Character Masha portrays both strength and weakness throughout the play. Masha is “miserable”, since nothing in her life goes her way. She’s a victim of unrequited love, snuff and heavy drinking. Masha always wears black emphasizing she is “mourning for her life” and is “unhappy”. The fact that...
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