Short note on the artificiality of the Heroic play

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The heroic play is an aristocratic growth, at once lofty and artificial. It does not deal with the real world and its problems.

Rather, it creates a mechanical world of its own, in which life is lived at heightened level, and to which real suffering can hardly penetrate. It is a “heroic world”, not a “tragic one”, a world in which all the limitations of human nature are forgotten and man is encouraged to believe that he has absolute power over his actions and circumstances.

Pure emotion, more particularly the inflated emotions of love and honor, is regarded as an end in itself. Reality is kept out, and this is regarded as a distinction rather than a fault. Thus the heroic tragedy creates an “escape- world”, for a degenerate aristocracy and provides them with the vicarious satisfaction of doing great deeds.

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