The tragedy of the return of history
‘Lost Ground’
in William Trevor
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William Trevor's short story, 'Lost Ground', from After Rain, conforms to Aristotle's vision of tragedy because it depicts a truly horrendous situation inside a family in Northern Ireland over a two-year period, between 1989 and 1991. 'Lost Ground' revolves around a Protestant family named the Leesons. In 'Lost Ground' Trevor utilises historically significant dates that touch upon the pain, trauma and division in the history of Northern Ireland. The truth, though, is that peace is not entertained by the 'community' that is described in 'Lost Ground', and any sense of 'brotherhood' gives way to fratricide. In a modern prose version of an Aristotelian tragic tale, Trevor shows that for those who cannot escape repeating the past, the idea of forgiveness and peace is neither possible nor desirable.

William Trevor



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