To learn more about tragedy our groups in class looked at a piece called "Tragedy and the Common Man" by Arthur Miller. In this, Miller touches on how you do not need to be a King or higher up in the world to experience something tragic. Each person in the group picked a part in the piece that stood out to them the most and we were all able to interpret each others quotes in our own meanings as well. This helped accumulate multiple perspectives on one single part is the paper.
Personally, while I read "Tragedy and the Common Man", the quote from Miller that I thought was very influential was, "The flaw, or crack in the character, is really nothing--and need be nothing--but his inherent unwillingness to remain passive in the face of what he conceives to be a challenge to his dignity, his image of his rightful status. There were many ways that you could interpret this quote and the members of my group thought of some good points that I did not think of. However I mainly saw this quote as a way of saying how a specific character perceives his or her tragic moment is actually what makes it tragic. For example if something bad happened to someone but they did not feel affected by it, the event would not seem like a huge tragedy. Tragic moments challenge a person's dignity and how they react to a situation can determine how they change or improve on themselves when this tragedy is resolved.
Going along with this idea, I also thought the quote from another one of my group members was important. The part that stood out the most was when Miller wrote, "But for a moment everything is in suspension, nothing is accepted, and in 'this stretching and tearing apart of the cosmos, in the very action of so doing, the character gains ''size"'. This quote initially shows that a character has to experience tragedy in order to grow as a person. Dealing with tragedy in a certain way can actually lead to positive aspects if you interpret it correctly and show a desire to learn from it.
Both of these quotes help showcase the overall theme of the paper that anyone can experience tragic moments. It is all in how you deal with them that makes you who you truly are.