Drama is a representation of man in action. Tragedy, as a form of drama, is the representation of a noble man, noble action and noble diction. However, concept of tragedy changes in a process of time. Shakespeare makes innovation mixing tragedy and comedy. Representation of tragic lives of the middle class is popularized by Thomas Hardy during the 19th century. Arthur Miller argues that modern tragedy should deal with the problems of common men rather than noble people. The idea of tragedy and reflection of tragic lives of common people are embodied by novelists. This paper compares tragic lives of two characters in two different novels. Tess in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles and Ali Rıza Bey in Y. Nuri Güntekin’s Yaprak Dökümü will be compared to find out similar tragic elements.
Keywords: Tragedy, Darwinism, Tragic, Thomas Hardy, Y. Nuri Güntekin