The fallacy of tragedy is that it is an awful experience that at the end has left the person going through said tragedy in a pit of despair, but in reality the tragedy has left the person with a new realization or life experience. In “The Tragic Fallacy,” Joseph Krutch agrees with this statement, saying, “We accept gladly the outward defeats which it describes for the sake of the inward victories which it reveals.” Many people who hang motivational quotes on their walls know the saying fall down seven times, get up eight times. Each defeat brings about a new drive and determination towards a goal.
While the drive towards a goal is a little different that a tragedy, going through a tragedy will bring about a new realization. If Romeo had not killed himself because he didn’t love Juliet as much as she thought, her killing herself would been only in vain. Juliet killed herself knowing that Romeo loved her so much he would rather die than live in a world without her. She died knowing and feeling true love. This is an inward victory in the midst of an outward defeat. This is what the getting up an eighth time is, and why tragedies are what gives people their drive to work and live.