Why do people like tragedies in movies, books, etc? I usually prefer happy movies with happy endings, perhaps I'm just a sucker for happiness or something. But really, why do people like unhappy endings where people die, or loss of love, etc?
i usually could care less if the movie has a happy or sad ending, as long as the story is good. that's all i care about. having said that though, most movies that have happy endings are typically cliched ridden and predictable to boot. where as tragedies, most of them can be set up in such a way that you can't see what's coming. which is always good if your a viewer
Yep. The appeal of the tragedy is that we all have some flaw that could be a "fatal flaw," so, at least those of us willing to look at them long enough, sometimes enjoy knowing that at least it's not "just us" that suck as humans go.
And maybe even we could be worse off.
Good old-fashioned catharsis.
Plus, other people's problems, even if they are fictional, can take our minds off of our own problems if only for a short while.
Hey, on this topic, so what's your favorite tragedy?
Mine would have to be Shakespeare's Richard the II
Tristan and Isolde is pretty good.
I guess in a fashion, the big reason why I prefer happy endings to tragedies, is because happy endings gives me positive reinforcement, if that makes sense. While tragedies just remind me that everything has an end, even life.
It's not "happy" to think about, but you have to admit that being so aware, in an active way, is more likely to produce moral behavior. It's really hard to feel good about a selfish undertaking when faced with the reality of human fraility and the damage it does.
A truly brilliant tragedy can teach lessons without religion because they reveal universal human truths, not bogged down by dogma or doctrine.
What I noticed in Disney movies is that most of them start off with a tragedy and then end off on a happy note. Maybe toying with your subconscious? Who knows.
to see how people will rise from the bad in their lives. Also for encouragment, that people can overcome the worst situations. Or they want to laugh at other people hardships!
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