fate tragedy

also called  fate drama  German,  Schicksalstragödie 

      a type of play especially popular in early 19th-century Germany in which a malignant destiny drives the protagonist to commit a horrible crime, often unsuspectingly. Adolf Mullner's Der neunundzwanzigste Februar (1812; “February 29”) and Die Schuld (1813; “The Debt”) and Zacharias Werner's Der vierundzwanzigste Februar (1806; “February 24”) are among the best-known examples.

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