“Tragedy […] is not simply death and suffering, and it is certainly not accident. It is rather a particular kind of event, and kind of response, which are genuinely tragic, and which the long tradition embodies.
In its actual course, the tragic action often undercuts the ordinary association between fundamental human values and the acknowledged social system: the claims of actual love contradict the duties of family; the awakened individual consciousness contradicts the assigned social role. In the transition from a feudal to a liberal world, such contradictions are common and are lived out as tragedy.
The tragic action, in its deepest sense, is not the confirmation of disorder, but its experience, its comprehension and its resolution. In our own time, this action is general, and its common name is revolution.”
Raymond Williams in Modern Tragedy (1966)