What is life according to you ? A tragedy or comedy?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

My life has been filled with tragedy, but I choose to see life through the lens of a comedy.  Within the tragedies are many elements of comedy which make life a good thing.  Each day we have a choice of either crying or laughing at what life has handed to us, and I almost always choose to laugh either figuratively or literally.

 

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I would have to say that it is a tragicomedy, using the common definition of "tragedy" as a synonym for pain and suffering.  My own life is far more a comedy than a tragedy, but the lives of many of the 7 billion people on the planet entail suffering of a sort that most of us cannot imagine.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Life is most certainly a tragedy since all tragedies end in death, do they not?  However as the tragic dramas that have been written by the greats attest, there is often comedic reflief and romance.

As a reflection upon this very question, Ernest Hemingway wrote, "The sense of the tragic is always in the mind of the thinking man."

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Life is full of tragedy and comedy.  It all depends on how you view what happens.  You might say that tragedy is when it happens to you, and comedy is when it happens to others.  That's a cynical definition, but some do laugh at the pain of others.  It's the nervous laughter of one who is grateful not to be feeling the pain.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I tend to believe that life is a comedy, peppered with tragedies (at least that is how I like to think of it). I, like lmetcalf, would hate to think of life as simply tragic. As detailed by Aristotle, and used by Shakespeare, people possess harmatia (a tragic flaw). I think that not only tragic heroes possess tragic flaws, but humanity as a whole does. What this flaw allows us to do is learn from our mistakes.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I can't bear to think that life is a tragedy, but I think there is a grain of truth there. A tragedy implies flaws, which we all have; and if we are honest with ourselves, it is our flaws which bring on our worst heartaches. In the best of circumstances we learn from our flaws and have a chance at redemption, or there is a glimmer of hope to be gleaned from the tragedy. All that said, there is more to life than our flaws and our troubles, and it is the comedy of life that makes it worth living.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

It's not a tragedy to me.  Tragedy is not just about sad things happening.  It's about sad things happening because of the tragic flaws of the people in the stories.  I don't think that that is what my life is like or what the lives of most people are like.  Now, is it a comedy?  Maybe not, but I don't think that life is tragic.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I think life is more like a tragicomedy, full of ups and downs, good things and bad. I try not to take life too seriously, and humor is a big part of my personal character. But one can never get away from the tragic side of life: hardships, financial and personal problems, and people dying.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial