This article contains spoilers for the first season of The Summer I Turned Pretty.
How do you react when you realize you’re living in a tragedy?
Now, you may be tempted to think of tragedy in the classical sense where the majority of the characters die by the end of the story. But tragedy can simply be an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress. And how we react to tragedy can say a lot about us.
That initial question haunted me after my first viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. After nearly two hours of breakneck tension, The Birds doesn’t have a happy ending. There’s no deus ex machina for the ensemble and no satisfying explanation of why the birds are on their murderous rampage. Instead, the characters are just lucky to escape with their lives.
When you know you are going to lose, do you keep on playing the game? Do you keep fighting when defeat seems inevitable and inescapable? How do you react when you realize you’re living in a tragedy? Recently,…