This article examines the tragi-comic mode and some strong contemporary examples of the form, probing in detail the tragi-comic fabric through a look at farce, and searching for those ironic contours which shape our ideas of justice. The most powerful of these ironic contexts emerges as we see that our reforming ideas of justice are at one and the same time crucial, deep-rooted, fundamental, and almost ineluctable on the one hand, and fragmented, perspective-dependent, and hypercontextual on the other. The fundamental dimensions come out in tragic, comic, and farsic forms. The contextual elements are embedded in the content that fills out, and in ironic ways transforms, these ancient structures.
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