Greetings all, Looking for some input regarding the climax of a story that I am working on. In essence, what happens is this: The protagonist, having discovered the truth about his father's murder at the hands of the antagonists lackey sets out to confront him and avenge his father's death, and exact retribution for the near demise of his business. The protagonist then confronts and defeats the lackey in a duel. Said Lackey, believing the protagonist to be a simple farmer with no taste for violence, succumbs to his fate when he realizes that he faces a master swordsman. A look of shock and defeat plays in his eyes as he realizes that his overconfidence has gotten the better of him when he is run through on the protagonist's sword. As the lackey is dying, he reveals that he was only doing the dirty work for the antagonist. Learning this information, the protagonist makes for antagonist's castle to confront him. Meanwhile, the antagonist, knowing that the army has been dispatched to root out all outlaws, has alerted the army that the protagonist's family are outlaw supporters. The protagonist is killed by a detachment of army soldiers defending his family who are able to escape with their lives. Ultimately I view this as a tragedy, as the protagonist doesn't"Triumph" over the antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, meaning that the protagonist doesn't rid the world of the antagonist. However, the protagonist does in essence, sacrifice himself so that his family might be spared. I suppose that's a form of "triumph" is it not? So, what I would like to ask you all are the following questions. 1. Are we in agreement that this constitutes as a tragedy? 2. As long as the story is set up in a manner that doesn't leave the reader feeling like the protagonist is being arbitrarily killed in the end, will this leave the reader feeling cheated? 3. Would there be satisfaction in the concept of the protagonist "triumphing" indirectly through his own sacrifice, and subsequent saving of his family? Thanks in advance.