ACT Reading 1.10 Humanities Passage
ACT Reading: Humanities Passage Drill 1, Problem 10. Which of the following is the best explanation of the term "tragedy of thought" in line 58?
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Meanings of Words From Context
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Archetypes and Motifs in Drama
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notes that both Julius Caesar and Hamlet are plays that can be considered "tragedies of thought"...
...quite unlike tragedies of stupidity, like the sad saga of the flan we tried to make last night.
The professor specifically says that neither Macbeth nor Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy
of thought -- same as Julius Caesar and Hamlet -- so we can eliminate both (C) and (D).
(D) name-drops Macbeth and (C) gives a shout-out to those two Verona teens, so we're sure
that these answer choices can go. But what about (A)? Does it jibe with the
Nah, Bradley tells us that a guy named Schlegel <<shlay-guhl>> placed the "tragedy of thought"
brand on Hamlet, and a professor named Dowden branded Julius Caesar that way.
All these smart guys agree that this type of tragedy occurs when a protagonist's intellect
brings him or her down.
We can take (A) out of the running because neither Bradley, Dowden, nor Schlegel say
anything about people being smart enough to perceive when something's tragic.
Honestly, it's usually pretty obvious.
This leaves only (B), which perfectly describes Bradley, Dowden, and Schlegel's idea of "tragedy of thought."
Does anybody else think that "Bradley, Dowden and Schlegel" would be a great name for a bagel place?
Assuming Schlegel doesn't branch off on his own with "Schlegel's Bagels"...
which would be a complete slam dunk...