Tragic Views of the Human Condition

Tragic Views of the Human Condition

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Can tragic views of the human condition as known to Westerners through Greek and Shakespearean tragedy be identified outside European culture, in the Indian culture of Hindu epic drama? In what respects can the Mahabharata epic's and the Bhagavadgita's views of the human condition be called 'tragic' in the Greek and Shakespearean senses of the word? Tragic views of the human condition are primarily embedded in stories. Only afterwards are these views expounded in theories of tragedy and in philosophical anthropologies. Minnema identifies these embedded views of human nature by discussing the ways in which tragic stories raise a variety of anthropological issues-issues such as coping with evil, suffering, war, death, values, power, sacrifice, ritual, communication, gender, honour, injustice, knowledge, fate, freedom. Each chapter represents one cluster of tragic issues that are explored in terms of their particular (Greek, English, Indian) settings before being compared cross-culturally. In the end, the underlying question is: are Indian views of the human condition very different from Western views?The personal betrayal that goes hand in hand with social disintegration constantly violates the code of honour at court as well as in the ... Sophoclesa#39; Antigone is a striking example in case. ... the two brothers, and he appeals to a false identity of the unity of the state by founding it on a common violence against Polyneices.

Title:Tragic Views of the Human Condition
Author:Lourens Minnema
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2013-06-06


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