The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban 307 pages 1/22/13 pub 2013
When Duncan moves into his own room as a senior at Irving Academy on the Hudson River he receives from Tim Macbeth CDs in his own first person voice telling him what his own senior year was like, the year before. What he was thinking and feeling and how much in love he was with Vanessa the girlfriend of the most popular boy in school. A boy who is somewhat Iago- like in his evil-ness.
Tim is an albino and he is used to being an outcast, giving him a Richard the III-like disability? At Irving though, there’s a stone arch at the entrance that says “Enter here to be and find a friend.” (2) The Tragedy Paper is a 15 page paper assigned by the senior English teacher and the themes of magnitude, hubris, tragic heroes, fatal flaws, order to chaos and back to order all figure prominently in this novel. A couple of the adults remark on Duncan and Macbeth not being enemies, while they at school together they barely knew each other, except for one key incident, but I’d like to think once Duncan hears Macbeth’s story that is remedied after the book is over. I’m very glad I read this. I recommend it.