The tragedy of the common man is a tragedy by circumstance whereas classical tragedy is self-inflicted by one's self. The reason for writing a tragedy is to display an injustice that is occurring."Tragedy enlightens- and it must,in that it points the heroic finger at the enemy, of man's freedom." (Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man, line 28,27) Bases on the time period , location, and society a tragedy piece is written in and who it's written for reveals an underlining issue within the society or government.
Tragedies are often written and displayed for the common people. The reason being that the common person is able to relate to tragedy because they have had the most experience with hardship. This concept is most relatable to the Elizabethan era with play writers like Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. They wrote mostly for the public .Although their writers also wrote works in a variety of styles the tragedy pieces are the ones that are most popularly remembered.
Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are read in schools across the county , both of wich are tragedies; probably the most popularly known works of tragedy in the United States. These are seen to present most popularly with the common people because they reflect a truth of unjust that was seen in the society or Shakespeare viewers . Although the unjust of today's society is likely different than that of 16 century England the pieces are written in a way that allows the underlying issues to be interpreted differently and still are relatable to people today.