I can’t understand the essay “Tragedy & the Whole Truth” by Aldous Huxley.?

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  1. unimpregnable says:

    From the book English Comedy, by Michael Cordner, Peter Holland, John Kerrigan : [external link] …”…’A thing which poesy seldom mentions’: in an essay called Tragedy and the Whole Truth, Aldous Huxley argued that (pure) tragedy does not tell the whole truth, because in it people weep and grieve, whereas in real life ‘even the most cruelly bereaved must eat,’ for ‘hunger is stronger than sorrow’ and ‘its satisfaction takes precedence even of tears’. As an example of a writer telling the whole truth, Huxley cites the aftermath of Scylla’s attack on Odysseus’ ship in Homer, when the survivors expertly prepare and eat their dinner, before they weep for their dead companions. “Huxley is saying that, no matter how intense or powerful a piece of drama or tragedy, it is, at best, an artful distillation of human experience, uncluttered, or strategically stripped, after the fact, by the mundane necessities of human existence. History records that Lincoln was shot by Booth, but makes no mention of whether Booth might have made a cleaner getaway, if his bladder hadn’t been full, from drinking in the bar next door for an hour before shooting the President, thus necessitating a greater urgency to escape in Booth than he might otherwise have felt, had he not needed to relieve himself, too. Perhaps Booth wouldn’t have leapt to the stage from the Presidential box, breaking his leg, had he not been feeling Nature’s urgent call, on top his assassin’s desperation. Perhaps if he’d have run back down the stairs instead, and then walked slowly and coolly out the front entrance of Ford’s Theater, he’d have got away, and we wouldn’t know his name today.But history doesn’t record such, and tragedy can’t discuss it, for such considerations are mundane, and pull the mind down, below tragedy’s claim on higher sensibilities.