beacon for the 21st century is an understanding of the Science of Being Altogether as practiced
by the great tragic dramatists.
integral part of the art form of tragedy
is deemed to be the dramatists’ adherence to the philosophy of the Science of Being Altogether
where the artist becomes intuitive scientist in creating a microcosm of the
universe itself. Six plays Antigone, Hamlet, King Lear, Murder in the
Cathedral, A Man for All Seasons, The Condemned of Altona are analyzed in
HUBRIS, The Construction of Tragedy.
and forms of government may vary but humanity itself does not change
significantly. Antigone, Hamlet and Albany in King Lear are
deeply aware of mortals’ cosmic connection and the responsibilities resultant from
in human activity such as domination, exemplified by Creon in Antigone, and martyrdom extolled by More in A Man for All Seasons and Thomas in Murder in the Cathedral can be
understood to be scientifically untenable and destined to be chastened or
broken by the universal life force. The
Condemned of Altona addresses the 20th century disconnect of
human morality from cosmic harmony.
the end of each play’s analysis, a section is devoted to its contemporary
relevance. Contemporary issues as fear
of dialogue, domination , martyrdom,
religious fervor and ideological
hatred, and the slide into hopelessness
all fit into patterns of human behavior that are explored in tragedy.