Tragedies have been written since as early as the Athenian area. The structure is often the same, a person experiences a reversal of good fortune. The end result for the audience is a catharsis, seeing as they have gone through similar emotions in their own life. However they have not exactly been through the same scenarios. These reactions can often be referred to as ‘the tragedy of the commons’.
While the ‘tragedy of the commons’ is often a misnomer because the commons is referring to something shared only by a community and not humanity as a whole, the common tragedy is what makes this type of literature so attractive to the common man. “The word ‘tragedy’ appears to have been used to describe different phenomena at different times,” the tragedy of the commons has evolved over time. Early versions of tragedies started off with a different structure than that of those written by Shakespeare, but they all have the same basic structure.
Although tragedies have evolved over time to become more relevant to the times, the maintained the same structure. They all are created to help the audience cope with loss or reversal of fortune, and while they do contain some humor, they create an experience for both the performers/characters and the audience.