How can star wars be a greek tragedy when compared to the Oedipal trilogy?
It isn’t really. But it’s interesting to compare them. Greek theater, way back when, created a lot of conventions that we still recognize today in drama (and comedy). Aristotle wrote a book called Ars Poetica, The Art of the Poet, which explained the idea of Greek tragedy. It was about a man, the ‘tragic hero’ who was basically a good man but he has a flaw, the ‘tragic flaw’. Usually hubris. In the action of the play, something terrible happens to him, usually he dies, but not always. And in coping with this terrible thing, he overcomes his tragic flaw. People use ‘tragedy’ today to mean any bad thing that happens, like an airplane crash. But that’s not a tragedy, its a catastrophe or a disaster. ‘Tragedy’ has to do with a tragic hero overcoming his tragic flaw. Star Wars simply doesn’t contain these elements. Luke Skywalker may be a little naive at first and learns a lot through the three films, but he doesn’t have a ‘tragic flaw’, and he doesn’t overcome it. Obi Wan dies but it is re