Post-Christian tragedy

As I see it, Shakespearean tragedy is born of a dilemma in faith. On the one hand, since death is the end, tragedy must dispense with the total Christian vision. On the other hand, since tragedy assumes the inherent dignity of man and the objective reality of a moral order, it needs for those things the support of the Christian imagination. Or will humanists in religion assert that Christianity is unnecessary to those assumptions? Our contemporary drama is evidence against them. What we have today is not tragedy, nor beyond tragedy. It is below tragedy.

Robert E. Fitch, Shakespeare: The Perspective of Value, p. 80

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