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Tragedy is usually divided into two basic kinds; Traditional and Modern. Alot of great tragedies were traditional tragedies. The modern kind did not come around til about the late 19th century.In Traditional tragedies, the hero or heroine of the play is an "extraordinary character"; a king, queen, or someone of high social standing. The person of high standing usually gets caught in a series of tragic circumstances, and it usually seems as if the universe is trapping the character into an inescapable fate. The character usually feels helpless but after the situation becomes too difficult, and the character realizes that there is no honorable avenue of escape, they decide to meet their fate. The hero then accepts responsibility for his or her actions and at most times shows a willingness to suffer for whatever they deserve. Another thing that sets traditional tragedy and modern apart is the actual language of the play. In traditional tragedy the language is verse. This is because often times the character is trying to express profound ideas; dealing with and expressing extreme emotions in a human's life; most find that this is best expressed in poetry. In Traditional tragedies there are many morals, and hold so much meaning, that most people can spend their lives analyzing them just to obtain the full measure their meaning. In Modern tradgedies, kings and queens are not the central figures, and the language in which the play is written is "prose" rather than "verse". Modern tragedy is a form of tragedy which relates to our modern age. Many playwrights of modern drama argue that we do not have so many kings and queens in real life today, as we did before. This being said, they claim we can, and do, still have characters today who stand as symbolic figures for important segments of society. While traditional tragedy uses eccentric language and poetry to convey it's message, Modern focuses more on non-verbal expression. The structure of the plot, the movements and...