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Genre and Topdop/Underdog

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This solution deconstructs the play in order to classify its genre of tragedy.

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The play correlates with both definitions of tragedy. First, Arthur Miller believes that tragedy depicts "ordinary people in domestic surroundings" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy#Modern_tragedy). As a result, Topdog/Underdog also exemplifies ordinary men in ordinary settings. Since Topdog/Underdog utilizes social realism and naturalism to show how both men respond to environmental forces such as poverty and racism, Miller's definition is emphasized. Topdog/Underdog is a modern Cain and Abel story that is set in present day New York, so its contemporary setting and ...