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Truth and Theater


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In his essay "Tragedy and the Whole Truth," Aldous Huxley criticizes tragedy for refining and correcting our emotional life and giving it a style, which is the source of "its power to act swiftly and intensely on our feelings." The method of the writer of tragedy is to "isolate a single element out of the totality of human experience" and to "use that exclusively as his material. Tragedy is something that is separated out from the Whole Truth, distilled from it, so to speak, as an essence is distilled from the living flower. Tragedy is chemically pure."

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