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What makes Doki Doki Literature Club a tragedy
I know what you're all thinking the moment you read the title. "DUHHHH IT'S A TRAGEDY SBG WHY DO YOU THINK I WAS CRYING MY BRAINS OUT." It's true, Doki Doki is heavily emotionally involving, unusually so for a computer game. But that's not all that makes it a tragedy. That doesn't even skim the surface, actually.
:redalert: Be warned: Many spoilers follow. :redalert: 
Because, in literature, a tragedy isn't just a sad story. It's not even a really sad story. A well-written tragedy will follow at least some semblance of dramatic structure, which includes:
plotsettingcharactersconflictrising action - "a series of relevant incidents that create suspense, interest and tension in a narrative," this "includes all decisions, characters' flaws and background circumstances that together create turns and twists
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Heaven and Hell
I climb and climb each day
Up this great expanse of stone
That seems so endless, going on forever
Receding further the higher I go
The sun, so hot, beats down on me
I grow so tired and worn and weary
Each load each day feels an extra ten pounds
And I feel I am led to nowhere,
As it all looks so the same
Many times I slip and fall
But grab on a piece above me,
Coarse and piercing and sharp
My skin scrapes against it and bleeds,
Blisters my hands, cuts to the bone
The red of my blood stains the stone,
For pain and strain built this wall
The bodies of thousands lay within,
Their blood and tears, in despair and fear,
All that remains of them
To live with this, there is no way
As thousands fall down the path to decay
Before you draw your final breath
The choice is yours, life or death
Light from above shines on me,
As bright and hot as fire
Some do not believe in it,
What we need and desire
It blinds my eyes and burns my skin,
The pain and fear so deep within
But I keep climbing and climbin
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The Green Rose
The onion girl, she brimmed with life
Her hair danced in the breeze
Her eyes glinted as amber bright,
The maid of the young leaves
But she was plain and she was dull,
The garden all agreed
A leaf like any other there
No fair flower was she
The onion prince, he loved this girl,
Despite all that she seemed
He knew he was the one for her,
For he was just the same
There was a bush where roses grew
As green as ivy's vine
In rising sun and morning's dew,
Like emeralds they'd shine
Throughout the seasons, all year round,
They bloomed a verdant green
So here he gathered a bouquet
Just for his princess sweet
Said she'd meet him at day's dawning
But then she never showed
The onion prince was left wanting
The girl of the green rose
For she yearned for another one
She danced with in her dreams
So much brighter than her he shone
She longed to be his queen
He'd shamed and hurt her deep before
Her tears watered the grass
But she kept going back to him
Her special on
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The Tale of the Rose
Sing for me the Tale of the Rose
Tell of how the Prince was deposed
Fell from glory, such a story
Tragic and lachrymose
Long ago, from Heaven's great light
Lived a prince who shone so bright
To the girls, the village's pearls
He devoted his life
No princess he had of his own
But his little sister alone
Since the girl came into the world
No one had he loved so
But then the Rose Prince lost his place
Such great tragedy he faced
Heaven's glow to Devil below
No greater fall from grace
Gravely ill and close to his death
For his rest his sister pled
But out there were demands for his care
The girls still needed his help
His sister bravely faced them to say
There she had him locked away
The village's lords pierced her with swords
The child they called a witch
Oh, then the Rose Prince lost his place
Such great tragedy he faced
Heaven's glow to Devil below
No greater fall from grace
When the Prince
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The Onion Girl, an Utena one-shot
Wakaba very much treasured her place as Utena's closest friend.
As far as she knew, she had been the first real friend Utena had upon transferring into Ohtori. Most other girls, for a while, would watch Utena from afar and squeal in excitement when she passed and waved at them, with her schoolbag slung over her shoulder, much like one of the boys on the Student Council. But Wakaba had been the first one to become close to Utena. It wasn't, after all, every day that you encountered a girl like her, with light pink hair, in a boy's uniform, and with such a confident and relaxed bearing. Wakaba knew then that she must be special. She couldn't say how, but...somehow she just knew it.
She herself wasn't sure, at first, if it would work, befriending Utena. She felt much more comfortable around the pink-haired tomboy, though, than she did around other popular students. They could be intimidating, but Utena was much warmer, more open and kind.
But she was still starkly were thos
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Acts III and IV

...Yup, I'd still be screaming and crying uncontrollably if I were the protagonist. I mean, if I went through all of that myself and was stuck there with Monika Worried This is definitely the part where the protagonist of the game officially stops existing and it's just the player.
I mean, of course, I'd have to calm down eventually because if you're stuck with a yandere, and you're still visibly traumatized and miserable for a while even after they've lavished all kinds of affection on you, they'll get it in their head to kill you to put you out of your misery. Especially since there's no other way they'll let you be away from them. :worries: 

During Monika's talk, she has this one monologue about God, and you could say in the game, Monika is "playing God" once she seizes control of the game...and considering the lighting in the clubroom in Act III, and...whatever that sky is outside the windows...I wonder if the mood is supposed to be like you're in Hell with her. Kind of like how, in Undertale, the Judgment Hall you're in with Sans towards the end of the game kind of looks like a church.

"And, uhh, all the stuff that was in the folder is now gone. That is some freaky-deaky sh**." Yup .:Little bunny worried:. According to the DDLC Wikia, 
"It is also noted that at this point, you cannot save or load the game anymore, and all of the previous saves that you had are erased. If you do try to save, a message pops out that says, 'There's no need to save the game anymore, don't worry, I'm not going anywhere', presumably from Monika. After explaining this to the player, and how she deleted the others, she exclaims her love and the player has no choice but to accept her confession."
You're well and truly stuck with her :tremble: 

I was like Onion boy 8 the first time Monika said the player's name, but it turns out she finds out your computer username. I'm kind of surprised Jay knew right away. It was said on Reddit that she also knows if you're recording, although she can't detect certain webcams, especially obsolete ones like Fraps or Hypercam. Sheesh...Laughing Hypercam was a thing when I was a preteen! Man, I can't believe anyone would still be using that... I used to watch Club Penguin videos with the "Unregistered Hypercam 2" watermark in the top corner XD Laugh Revamp 
She doesn't say your name if you're streaming, though. Monika might an unbelievably sick, twisted, sadistic, manipulative control freak who'll murder three girls in cold blood, but she'll still protect your privacy Aww 
"Well, anyway... Now that that's out of the way, I guess I owe you an explanation." 
I thought she was going to say "apology" and I was like "Monika, I don't think any apology can make up for what you did..."
"About that whole thing with Yuri... Well...I kind of started to mess with her, and I guess it just drove her to kill herself. Ahaha! I'm sorry you had to see that, though!"
"What kind of cruel game is this, Jay? Are all the other girls just programmed to end up confessing to you, while I watch from the sidelines? It's torture. Every minute of it. And it's not just jealousy, Jay. It's more than that. And I don't blame you if you don't fully understand. Because no matter how kind, and thoughtful, and considerate you are... You'll never be able to understand one thing. It's the pain of knowing how alone I really am in this world."
Fun fact: The name "Monika" means "advisor" or "counselor" in Latin (since this is Monika's initial role in the game; to show you how it's done), but it also means "alone" in Greek.
"In this game. Knowing my friends don't even have free will... And, worst of all, knowing what's out there, in your world, forever out of my reach. I'm trapped, Jay. But now you're here. You're real. And you're wonderful. You're all I need. That's why I need you to be here with me forever. I'm sorry if it's hard to understand. I couldn't understand for a while, either. Why the world around me started to become more and more gray... More and more flat. Even the most expressive poems felt empty to me. It wasn't until you arrived that I truly understood. You probably saved my life, Jay. I don't think I could have continued to live in this world if I hadn't met you. And as for the others... How could I miss them? A group of autonomous personalities, designed only to fall in love with you? I tried everything I could to prevent them from doing so... But it must be some kind of weird inevitability etched into this game. I felt really bad that you had to witness some nasty things."
Oh, did you now Unimpressed 
"But I realized that you have the same perspective as I do... That it's all just some game. And I knew you would get over it. So, that being said, Jay... I have a confession to make. I'm in love with you. You are truly the light in my world. When there's nothing else in this game for me, you're here to make me smile. Will you make me smile like this every day from now on?"
She's been smirking this whole time...
"Jay, will you go out with me?"
"I'm so happy. You really are my everything, Jay. The funny part is, I mean that literally. Ahaha! There's nothing left here. Just the two of us. We can be together forever. Seriously, I don't even think time is passing anymore. It really is a dream come true... I worked so hard for this ending, Jay. The game wouldn't give me one, so I had to make one myself. The script is broken at this point, so I don't think anything will get in the way anymore. And you wouldn't believe how easy it was to delete Natsuki and Yuri. I mean, there's a folder called 'characters' right in the game directory... It kind of freaked me out, how easy it was. Well, you're playing on Steam, so it was actually a bit more difficult..."

Interesting how the Monika sprite doesn't bounce when you click the words for the poem...

What if Monika had made it so that you can't delete her character file...O_O 

"In the meantime, we can just look into each other's eyes~"
...It's said that if you stare into someone's eyes long enough, no matter who it is, you'll fall in love with them. I think that's what Monika's trying to have the player do...
"Did you know I'm on Twitter? My username is lilmonix3. I guess someone was kind enough to make an account for me. I picked the username, though! I love sharing my thoughts and chatting with the world... The real world. So make sure you follow me, okay? It would really mean a lot to me. With how much you mean to me and all... It would really make me feel loved."
... ... ... ... ... ... Monika, you have 91,000 followers (probably more by now), is that enough love for you? Can we safely delete your character?
"What's happening...? Jay, what's happening to me? It hurts-- It much. Help me, Jay. Please hurry and help me. HELP ME!!! Did you do this to me, Jay? DID YOU? DID YOU DELETE ME? ...How could you? How could you do this to me? You were all I had left... I sacrificed everything for us to be together. Everything. I loved you so much, Jay... I trusted you. Do you just want to torture me? Watch me suffer? Were you only pretending to be kind, just to hurt me even more?"
"Pretending to be kind"? Hun, you didn't really give us a choice...
"I never thought anyone could be as horrible as you are. You win, okay? You win. You killed everyone."
NO, YOU DID. Who deleted Sayori, Yuri, and Natsuki again?!
"I hope you're happy. There's nothing left now. You can stop playing. Go find some other people to torture. Jay... You completely, truly make me sick. Goodbye. ... ...I still love you. I can't help it. What's wrong with me...? How horrible am I for you to hate me this much?"
That reminds me a little of the Genocide Run in Undertale when Toriel takes in Genocide!Frisk, walks them through the Ruins, makes them butterscotch pie, has them stay over, protects them, etc, and then they KILL HER and she's like "Do you...really hate me that much?"
"All my friends... I did so many awful things. So many selfish and disgusting things. I... I shouldn't have done any of this. I'm just messing up a world that I don't even belong in. A world that you wanted to be a part of... I ruined it. I ruined everything. Maybe that's why you deleted me... Because I destroyed everything that you wanted. How could I do that to someone I love...? That's not love... That's... ... I've...made up my mind. Jay... I know I said that I deleted everyone else. But...that was kind of an exaggeration. I couldn't find it in myself to do it. Even though I knew they weren't real... They were still my friends. And I loved them all. And I loved the Literature Club. ... I really...did love the Literature Club. That's why I'm going to do this. I know it's the only way for everyone to be happy. And if I really love you... ... Then..."
And this, my friends, is what really makes Doki Doki a tragedy...which I'll explain in more detail in another writing Wink/Razz 

:writer: Before I wrap this up, I wanted to see every inch of this game, so -- having seen Sayori's, Yuri's, and Natsuki's routes -- I went over to the DDLC Wiki to take a look at whatever poems I missed.
  • Yuri's last poem reminds me of the creepypasta fic thing in her character file Cutie Scared 
  • I LOVE Natsuki's "I'll Be Your Beach," like I've said :beach: And "Because You" is just absolutely beautiful :iconbigheartplz:
  • What. What's with Natsuki's first poem in Act 2 (the gibberish one that, when converted from Base64 code, is titled "Open Your Third Eye")...:worries: 
  • Monika's poems come off as much more frenetic and existential to me than the others'. It seems in "Hole in Wall (2)" that this gets her really panicky, but the player lets her be calm again. I like how this vibe builds up through the poems across Acts 1 and 2 Sign Emoji-05 (Ok or money) 

As one last fun fact...

...I knew I recognized Monika's design from somewhere...particularly from a picture of some anime girl I saw a LONG time ago. After searching long and hard, I believe her design to have been based off that of Misuzu Kamio from Air. I mean, just look. Her, or Sanae from Clannad. These two both sound very different from Monika in terms of personality, though... But Monika also has the same hairstyle as Yandere-chan from Yandere Simulator.

And you know, I think this sweet little visual novel has terrified me more than any horror game I've ever seen. Probably more than all of them put together.

:rose: This has been StrongButGentle :meditation:


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