Woody Allen’s 2005 film Match Point does not represent a Shakespearean tragedy as it does not accurately follow the character and structural elements of the theory. The nonexistant reflective qualities of the tragic hero omit the protagonist from suffering a tragic death. This does not accurately follow the plot structure of a Shakespearean tragedy, in turn, leading to moral order not being restored and the inability to fulfill the ultimate goal in this tragedy. The reflective qualities of a Shakespearean tragic hero are demonstrated upon the protagonist’s ability to recognize their role in continuing to restore the moral and ethical order in the world.
That being said, Chris Wilton, the main character lacks the reflective qualities of the Shakespearean tragic hero which, is the ultimate goal in a tragedy as such. The Shakespearean tragic hero must accept responsibility for what they do, face the consequences of their actions, and be more reflective as a result of their experience. In a Shakespearean tragedy, readers recognize a change that comes with the sense of acceptance from the protagonist, no matter late or not, this change is very influential. Argument 1: Primarily, Chris lacks reflective qualities of the Shakespearean tragic hero. This is evident in the film when Chris rationalizes seeing the ghosts of Eastby and Nola.
The readers see the existence of these qualities when he tells the two ladies he murdered that he did what was absolutely necessary. Chris continues living his life as he does not accept what he has done as being wrong, offering justifications for his actions rather than accepting them. There is another suspect at hand accused of these murders. Because of this, Chris does not have to take any responsibility for what his choices and takes no steps towards restoring the justice and moral of this situation. Overall, Chris’ failure to demonstrate the reflective qualities of the tragic hero represent that the film Match Point is not a Shakespearean tragedy. Argument 2: In addition, Match Point by Woody Allen is not a Shakespearean tragedy due to crucial missing components of its structure.
The catastrophe and glimpse of restored order parts are nonexistent. Although murdering innocent people in his life solely for selfish reasons, Chris in return does not suffer at all. His committed murders of innocent Eastby and Nola had been blamed on another individual, leaving him with no fault. The protagonist benefits from as he reduces the conflict and stress caused by his mistress.
Chris’ does not suffer any kind of punishment which, is not reflective of a Shakespearean tragedy. He uses excuses to avoid facing the consequences of his actions which, does not help to restore the moral and ethical order in the world. Chris continues living his sick and twisted life completely unphased by the crime he committed. That being said for Shakespeare, the death of the protagonist enabled change to happen.
The individual largely responsible for the presence of tragedy had to die in order for redemption to take place according to Shakespeare. That being said, this does not occur in Chris’ narrative and becomes one of the primary reasons why Allen’s work cannot really be seen as a Shakespearean tragedy. Due to the lack of reflective qualities of the protagonist and the missing components of Shakespearean tragedy structure, Woody Allen’s 2005 film Match Point cannot be seen as a Shakespearean tragedy.