Old Isaac is dead. It’s a tragedy. No, it’s not a tragedy

: pp.71-75
Received: March 02, 2015
Accepted: April 06, 2015
Dorota Halina Kutyła

University of Warsaw

This essay is dedicated to the theme of tragedy, and death. It refers primarily to the analysis of these issues made by Julius Kleiner – Polish literary scholar. Basic conditions allowing us to speak about the tragedy were pointed out by Kleiner. These include: the presence of death, the effect of Fate, evil and the hero endowed with the appropriate signs. Kleiner’s analysis is great, but it does not include all accidents; hence creative works of A. Christie and biography of Polish scholar Władysław Natanson are invoked. I decided to analyse texts distant from us several decades on purpose. Especially the observation of contemporary culture, rejecting the category of Fate is my aim hidden by this decision.

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