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Tragedy is a common theme found in Night, Oedipus the King, and Cyrano de Bergerac. In all of these pieces of literature pain, love, and death are some of the types of tragedies the characters have to face.

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World Literature Essay Tragedy is a common theme found in Night, Oedipus the King, and Cyrano de Bergerac. In all of these pieces of literature pain, love, and death are some of the types of tragedies the characters have to face. In Night, Eliezer has to suffer through the pain of the death march and the Holocaust in general. Cyrano, in Cyrano de Bergerac has to deal with the pain from himself by being self conscious about his looks, mostly his nose. The pain suffered by Oedipus in Oedipus the King is mostly self-inflicted. Oedipus suffers pain from stabbing his own eyes out and finding out the truth of his past. The main characters in each of these literature pieces all have a tragic love story in them. Eliezer, although he loves his father and wants him to stay alive, he cannot help himself to think that he would be better off if his father would die. Cyrano is in love with Roxane but she does not know it and he does not have the courage to tell her. Oedipus finds out that his wife is actually his mother and has no idea how he can respond to that. ...read more.


When Eliezer realizes he thinks these things about his father, he immediately tries to erase the idea from his mind: "But at the same moment this thought came into my mind: 'Don't let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself.' Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever." In this quote, Elie Wiesel describes exactly what he thought about his father. Eliezer had too much love for his father to let him die even though he sometimes thought that it would be better if his father would die. Cyrano's tragic love story was not about love for a family member but for a woman, Roxane. Throughout the book one hears of Cyrano's love for Roxane but he is too afraid to tell her. At one moment in the play, Roxane is describing who the man she loves is to Cyrano. At first, Cyrano thinks it is him, but then Roxane says he is handsome and he soon realizes it cannot possibly be him. The person Roxane is describing turns out to be Christian, and Cyrano decides to help Christian win the love of Roxane. ...read more.


Jocasta kills herself because she finds out that Oedipus was her son and husband. (Lines 1232-1246.) In these lines, the second messenger is telling the Chorus what happened to Jocasta and how she died. He said that she while she was hanging herself she was thinking of Oedipus and how he killed her husband and had children with her. The tragic deaths in all of these literature pieces play a huge role in each piece. Each main character faces tragic deaths to either themselves or a loved one. Although Night, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Oedipus the King are different they all share the common theme of tragedy. The tragedies of pain, love and death are found throughout all three of the literature pieces. They each express and show them differently. Eliezer, Cyrano, and Oedipus are all different people in different eras, but they still share the same tragedies of having to suffer through physical and mental pain, having to lose a loved one, and the tragedy of death each face in different ways. These pieces of work have stood the test of time and will continue to because they all can be related to by many and they show the true nature of human beings. ?? ?? ?? ?? Haley Horkey 10B ...read more.

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