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Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford - "Tis Pity She's A Whore" by John Ford In this play it would be impossible to accurately assess this idea commenting on Annabella and Giovanni as a single entity. They are extremely different characters with their only common ground being the love they have for each other, and even this is expressed in distinctly different ways with subsequently different consequences. These consequences build up to the conclusion referred to in the question, and so it would also prove hard to answer it directly without having previously discussed what has come before and created such conclusion....   [tags: John Ford Tis Pity Whore Essays] 2352 words
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Pity in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible – Pity It's shocking how people die for no reason. It was happening in Salem in 1692 for the witch trials. Rebecca Nurse was a woman with good reputation, and because of spectral evidence she was sentenced with death. The only way to escape from death was to accept that she was a witch. This is still happening now. Osama Bin Laden was the reason for 7000 people's death in New York. We have to look at the society of Salem and pity them because of the repressions that made order and freedom imbalanced, as we are going to be pitied some day....   [tags: Crucible Essays] 1289 words
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Whether or Not Macbeth is Deserving of Pity in Shakespeare's Play Macbeth - In the last scene of “Macbeth”, Malcolm describes Macbeth as “this dead butcher” which could be argued is the best way to sum up Macbeth’s character. The word “butcher” implies slaughter and brutality. Macbeth is certainly guilty of butchery, the cruel, senseless killing of people. Malcolm uses the word “butcher” to provoke appalling memories of Macbeth’s deeds from the audience. But could Macbeth’s behavior ever be justified. Could Macbeth ever be pitied or even excused for the actions he took....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Term Paper] 4256 words
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Wilfred Owen and his Pity of War - Through His Poetry Wilfred Owen Wished to Convey, to the General Public, the Pity of War. In a Detailed Examination of these Poems, With Reference to Others, Show the Different ways in which He achieved this. Wilfred Owen fought in the war as an officer in the Battle of the Somme. He entered the war in January of 1917. However he was hospitalised for war neurosis and was sent for rehabilitation at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh that May. At Craiglockhart he met Siegfried Sassoon, a poet and novelist whose grim antiwar works were in harmony with Wilfred Owen's concerns....   [tags: Wilfred Owen Poems Poetry War Literature Essays] 3001 words
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Wilfred Owen's Poetry and Pity of War - Wilfred Owen's Poetry and Pity of War Through his poetry Wilfred Owen wished to convey, to the general public, the PITY of war. In a detailed examination of three poems, with references to others, show the different ways in which he achieved this Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry, 18th March 1893. He was working in France when the war began, tutoring a prominent French family. When the war started he began serving in the Manchester Regiment at Milford Camp as a Lieutenant. He fought on the Western Front for six months in 1917, and was then diagnosed with War Neurosis (shell shock)....   [tags: Wilfred Owen War Poems Essays] 3681 words
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The Pity of War in Dulce et Decom Est and The Last Night - Dulce et Decorum Est and The Last Night both convey the bittersweet pity of war in two very different, yet simultaneously similar ways. The way that these pieces of literature operate is starkly contrasting, and to some extent, reflects upon the nature and intent with which they were written. For example, in Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen was writing to protest against the atrocious conditions to which “children ardent for some desperate glory” were being sent to, and for this, he used extremely graphic and striking imagery to evoke emotions of disgust and repulsion into the reader, which would hopefully bring them to understand and appreciate Owen’s viewpoint....   [tags: Jessie Pope, compare, contrast, Wilfred Owen] 1220 words
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Pity the Bear in Judith Minty's story, Killing the Bear - Pity the Bear in Judith Minty's story, Killing the Bear  Judith Minty's story, "Killing the Bear," is a rather chilling tale about a woman who shoots a bear to death. The story is not merely a simple account of the incident however. It is full of stories and facts about bears, which affect how the reader reacts to the story. In the beginning, the reader expects the bear to be portrayed as a cold-blooded monster who must be killed for the safety of the primary character however this expectation is foiled throughout the story and the reader sees the bear in a very different light....   [tags: Minty Killing the Bear Essays] 846 words
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How Owen Vividly Expresses The Pity Of War In Disabled - How Owen Vividly Expresses The Pity Of War In Disabled The first line of the poem starts by saying: He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, Owen uses the idea of a man who is disabled as a way of making people sympathize with him because he was not as able as most people. The way in which he was situated in the dark makes the sentence ambiguous, showing it could literally stand for the condition of the light or that the man is alone and helpless. The writer then further made the point of the man being disabled; "Legless, sewn short at elbow." This portrays an image of a defenceless man....   [tags: Papers] 749 words
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Comparing Mood and Atmosphere of The Pity of Love, Broken Dreams, and The Fisherman - Mood and Atmosphere of The Pity of Love, Broken Dreams, and The Fisherman The Pity of Love is a short, relatively simple poem, yet it still manages to create a feeling of anxiousness, of desperate worry. Yeats achieves this in only eight lines of average length by extremely careful and precise use of language and structure. The poem begins with the line "A pity beyond all telling•, immediately setting the general tone and basic point of the piece, elevating his despair to its highest levels and plunging the poem into the depths of depression and failure; before it has barely begun, Yeats is already admitting defeat, after a fashion, claiming that this pity is so terrible he is unable to properly describe it....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1107 words
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The Horror of Pity and War in Regeneration by Pat Barker and Collective Poems of Wilfred Owen - The Horror of Pity and War in Regeneration by Pat Barker and Collective Poems of Wilfred Owen Through reading ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker and Wilfred Owen’s collection of poems, we see both writers present the horror and pity of World War I in an effective way. ‘Regeneration’ shows us a personal account of shell-shocked officer’s experience in the war. This links with Wilfred Owen’s poems as they too show how war affects the soldiers. Even though ‘Regeneration’ (a prose piece) and Wilfred Owen’s poems (poetry) are similar, they both present different styles as they are written at different times, a male and female perspective and in different literacy forms....   [tags: Papers] 2135 words
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Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford - Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in "Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford Annabella, the female protagonist in John Ford’s play, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, ultimately dies after trying to meet the conflicting demands that her brother and father place on her. While her brother, Giovanni, commands her to be his clandestine lover, her father, Florio, expects her to marry a socially appropriate man and bear a child. These demands closely resemble the real-life demands that Queen Elizabeth I’s subjects placed on her because they simultaneously wanted her to fulfill their erotic desires, marry a politically appropriate man, and produce an heir to the throne....   [tags: Annabella Elizabeth Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Transformation: Then and Now - “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (New Living Translation, Gen. 1.27). William Blake, in his poem “The Divine Image”, uses multiple literary techniques, such as personification and repetition, to portray his idea that man and God share many of the same divine qualities. He later wrote the poem “A Divine Image”, which contrasts with the first by discussing the negative aspects of human beings. These negative characteristics are emphasized through the use of metaphors and, again, personification....   [tags: Literature] 2192 words
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau and The Essence of Human Nature - Rousseau starts his discourse with the quote, “What is natural has to be investigated not in beings that are depraved, but in those that are good according to nature” (Aristotle. Politics. II). It is this idea that Rousseau uses to define his second discourse. Rousseau begins his story of human nature by “setting aside all the facts” (132). Rousseau believes the facts of the natural state of humanity are not necessary to determine the natural essence of human nature, and adding facts based on man’s condition in society does not show man’s natural condition....   [tags: Jean-Jacques Rousseau]
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Rousseau - Rousseau starts his discourse with the quote, “What is natural has to be investigated not in beings that are depraved, but in those that are good according to nature” (Aristotle. Politics. II). It is this idea that Rousseau uses to define his second discourse. Rousseau begins his story of human nature by “setting aside all the facts” (132). The facts of the natural state of humanity are not necessary to determine the natural essence of human nature, and adding facts based on man’s condition in society does not show man’s natural condition....   [tags: Psychology] 1753 words
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Macbeth: Tragedy - According to the classical view, tragedy should arouse feelings of pity and fear in the audience. Does macbeth do this. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is definitely a tragedy in the sense that it arouses feelings of pity and fear in the audience. Macbeth is a weak minded man who, if sees an opportunity for power follows his ambitions and takes it, even if this is not the rightful thing to do. He is easily persuaded and suffers great guilt. Macbeth the character on his own creates the feeling of pity and fear in the audience....   [tags: essays research papers] 906 words
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Elements of Aristotelian Tragedy Depicted in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - An Aristotelian tragedy includes many different characteristics. It is a cause-and-effect chain and it contains the elements of catharsis, which is pity and fear, and hamartia, which is the tragic flaw embedded in the main characters. The famous play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, is about two lovers of two different families who hate each other and the misdemeanors they have to surpass. Many debate on whether it is an Aristotelian tragedy or simply tragic. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet should be regarded as an Aristotelian tragedy because catharsis is exhibited in the play, Juliet’s blindness of love is shown, and Romeo’s impetuousness is the tragic flaw that leads to his demise....   [tags: romeo and juliet]
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Old Verities and Truths of the Heart in Writing - Old Verities and Truths of the Heart in Writing In his Novel Prize Address, Faulkner states that an author must leave "no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart...love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice." He accuses his younger contemporaries of ignoring these noble spiritual pillars while pondering the atomic doom of mankind with questions like, "When will I be blown up?" Such physical fears, far from conflicts of the heart, are what plague his bomb-obsessed contemporaries....   [tags: Writing Authors Faulkner Essays] 1303 words
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Mary Shelley's Presentation of the Creature - For a modern reader, the creature evokes pity in the end rather than fear. How do you respond to Mary Shelley’s presentation of the creature. Mary Shelley’s presentation that ‘the creature evokes pity in the end rather than fear’ is a view that is shared by many readers, including myself. Although naturally, many people would not agree with her presentation as everyone has a different perspective on the novel’s events, and everyone will have their own personal view on what feelings and emotions the creature evokes....   [tags: English Literature] 1174 words
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Oedipus and Othello - We as humans repress certain emotion to help us forget about a tragic event. In psychology catharsis is a form of technique that is used to relieve any type of anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness. In tragic plays catharsis is the emotion that makes the audience feel pity, fear, and a sense of relief instead of hopelessness in the end of the play. In the tragedies Oedipus the king by Sophocles and Othello the moor of Venice by Shakespeare we feel these same emotions towards Oedipus and Othello....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 583 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - ... Oedipus’ anger causes him to kill the father he never knew and all the men in the entourage. Oedipus’ cannot control his temper and this personality flaw leads him to his fate. Another example of Oedipus’ presumptuous temperament is when he immediately assumes that Creon is trying to take his power from him. Creon sends Tiresias to Oedipus to help him solve the crime of the plague, and when Tiresias reveals that Oedipus must die in order to save the people of Thebes, Oedipus assumes Creon is trying to take his throne....   [tags: Oedipus the King]
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Robert Rossen’s 1961 Film, The Hustler: Can it be Viewed as an Aristotelian Tragedy? - Robert Rossen’s 1961 film, The Hustler, is one that is said to aspire to be classified as a tragedy. But can the film be compared to something such as tragedy in the views of Aristotle. Does the film fit the requirements prerequisite of an Aristotelian Tragedy. Or are the comparisons the result of ignorant, unenlightened critics. Aristotle thought up a list of compulsory requirements for something to be called ‘tragedy’. He concluded “Tragedy affects through pity and fear the catharsis of such emotions.” meaning that during a tragedy, one should feel the emotions of pity and fear--fear that the circumstances which they are observing could one day affect themselves--but that after the spectacle had ended, one would leave feeling ‘lifted up’, as if they had purged themselves of those emotions....   [tags: aristotle, movies, philosophy] 980 words
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Macbeth - Tragedy - According to the classical view, tragedy should arouse feelings of pity and fear in the audience. Does Macbeth do this. Tragedy has most definitely influenced the viewer’s thoughts on Macbeth within this play. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the audience sees a gradual breakdown in the character of Macbeth himself, due to the tragic events that unfold during the play. This has a direct effect on the audience’s views and thoughts of Macbeth, thus creating pity and fear within the audience. Macbeth, being a man and a human being himself, is in-clined to some forms of temptation, to which man himself has quite often succumbed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1308 words
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Macbeth, Aristotilean Tragedy? - According to Aristotle, there are certain rules which make a tragedy what it is. After discussing the rules of an Aristotelian tragedy, we will try to learn whether Shakespeare's Macbeth is classified as such. We will find that although Macbeth is considered a tragedy among many people, it does not meet the requirements of an Aristotelian tragedy. Aristotle's definition of a tragedy consists of several points. "A tragedy, then is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in language with pleasurable accessories, each kind brought in separately in the parts of the work; in a dramatic, not in a narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, where-with to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions." (Introduction to Aristotle p 631) Aristotle also claims that a tragedy must have six parts, in order of importance: plot, character, thought, diction, melody, and spectacle....   [tags: World Literature] 1043 words
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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor What do you think about TJ Avery in this novel do you hate him for his bad deeds or pity him. TJ is quite a confusing character. On one I had I pity him because of all the misfortune in his life, through his own fault though. Although on the other hand I think he is a complacent character, who thinks the world solely revolves around him. He seems to feel that the world owes him a living, a living he is not prepared to work for. I pity TJ because he has never really had any discipline and although discipline can be harsh....   [tags: Roll Thunder Hear Cry Mildred Taylor Essays] 409 words
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Sympathy for Oedipus in the Oedipus Tyrannus - Sympathy for Oedipus in the Oedipus Tyrannus       The aim of tragedy is to evoke fear and pity, according to Aristotle, who cited the Oedipus Tyrannus as the definitive tragic play. Thus pity must be produced from the play at some point. However, this does not necessarily mean that Oedipus must be pitied. We feel great sympathy ('pathos') for Jocasta's suicide and the fate of Oedipus' daughters. Oedipus could evoke fear in us, not pity. He is a King of an accursed city willing to use desperate methods, even torture to extract truth from the Shepherd....   [tags: Oedipus Tyrannus Essays]
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A Case Study of One Student’s Approach to Reading The Divine Image - A Case Study of One Student’s Approach to Reading The Divine Image Hypothesis When Marielle, an English 2 student, was given a series of critical thinking tasks, her first response to the poem, “The Divine Image,” by William Blake changed as she followed the direction of each task and built on her previous understanding of the poem. I describe her responses to the eight learning paper tasks and her dissection of the poem for hidden meanings. The Tasks and Various Interpretations For each learning paper, Marielle was given eight different ways to interpret “The Divine Image,” by William Blake....   [tags: William Blake Divine Image Poem Papers] 1834 words
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The Tragedy of Othello - ... Othello trusts everything which is told to him which ultimately leads to his fall. He is also jealous and insecure. He takes the Iago’s words instead of trusting his wife, Desdemona. He is jealous of Desdemona’s possible affair. The jealous and insecurity he feels leads to his downfall which completes Aristotle’s requirements of what makes a tragic hero. In order to fully appreciate Othello as a tragic hero, the reader or the audience must take a closer look at each of Othello’s steps which led to his demise as a tragic hero....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Sophocles' Antigone - The Real Tragedy - Tragedy of Antigone The play “Antigone” by Sophocles displays many qualities that make it a great tragedy.  A tragedy is defined as a dramatic or literary work in which the principal character engages in a morally significant struggle ending in ruin or profound disappointment. In creating his tragedy “Antigone”, Sophocles uses many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity in his readers. This in turn creates an excellent tragedy.       In order for a play to be considered a tragedy it must achieve the purgation of fear and pity.  In the play “Antigone”, Sophocles does a great job of bringing out these two emotions in a reader....   [tags: Antigone essays] 605 words
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traglear King Lear as an Arthur Miller Tragedy - King Lear as an Arthur Miller Tragedy        If we seek to justify Shakespeare's King Lear as a tragedy by applying Arthur Miller's theory of tragedy and the tragic hero, then we might find Lear is not a great tragedy, and the character Lear is hardly passable for a tragic hero. However, if we take Aristotle's theory of tragedy to examine this play, it would fit much more neatly and easily. This is not because Aristotle prescribes using nobility for the subject of a tragedy, but, more importantly, because he emphasizes the purpose of tragedy -- to arouse pity and fear in the audience, and thus purge them of such emotions....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero - Tragedies have been written, told, and acted out for a number of years. Aristotle defined in his book, Poetics that a tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis, or purging of emotions. A tragic play that perfectly completes this cycle of emotions is Oedipus the King by Sophocles. This play follows a king of the town of Thebes through his journey of the emotions of pity, fear, and finally a catharsis. It is a tale of a man who unknowingly kills his father and fathers the children of his mother as well....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 688 words
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Literary Analysis: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” – A Tragedy? - What is man’s focus in life. What is man’s purpose in life. Is it materialism and/or the prospect of how others may view him. Should man put their trust in God’s Word the Bible or leave it up to himself. In “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, but is it correct to define this theatric drama as a tragedy. According to Klaas Tindemans, “Aristotle’s concept of tragedy has been perceived as both a descriptive and a normative concept: a description of a practice as it should be continued” therefore, Aristotle’s definition of tragedy could be considered complex....   [tags: Literary Review]
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - Aristotle defined a tragedy as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude with incidents arousing pity and fear.” His model of a true tragedy was the basis for modern tragedies. Considered one of the greatest writers of all time, William Shakespeare wrote many tragedies that are still performed today. His most famous is the twisted love story of Romeo and Juliet. While their tale is the quintessential love story, Romeo and Juliet’s love eventually causes their own destruction....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ] 1291 words
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Romeo and Juliet: A True Aristotelian Tragedy - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is often referred to as a classic love story. It is a story of love at first sight and fighting between families. The classic is a true tragedy because of the way it is created. Romeo and Juliet is an Aristotelian tragedy because it clearly follows the model shown by Aristotle. All aspects of the plot and characters perfectly follow way Aristotle defined. The plot follows the events that need to occur and the main characters have a flaw. Pity and fear is felt for the characters throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1077 words
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Tragedy Changes from One Hero to the Next - What is a tragic hero. What makes them tragic. What makes them heroic. Aristotle once said that a “tragic hero moves us to pity because, since he is not an evil man, his misfortune is more than he deserves; but he moves us also to fear, because we recognize similar possibilities of error in our own lesser and fallible selves,” but that changes from story to story. What Aristotle did not realize was that tragic heroes live among the people. They walk the streets, they have jobs, they have families, and, most importantly, they have a huge heart....   [tags: Literature]
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Tragedy-Bound - According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is a character, usually in a play, who evokes pity and terror within other characters and the audience; tends to have a higher “moral worth” than normal characters; suffers from hamartia, or tragic flaw; exhibits hubris, or excessive pride; and comes to a realization of their mistakes over the course of the play. In the Greek plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone, both by the famous ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, the characters Oedipus, Antigone, and Creon each face their own tragic experiences: Oedipus suffers the irony of the fulfillment of “the Child of Fortune” prophecy, despite his efforts to avoid it (Sophocles, 434-436); Antigone faces death as a result of her persistence in giving Polydices a proper burial (Sophocles, 317); Creon becomes engulfed in loneliness and regret as consequences for his decisions (Sophocles, 349-352)....   [tags: Greek Literature ]
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Scientific Materalism v. Crime and Punishment - Author of Crime and Punishment, Feodor Dostoevsky, uses the text to subtly exhibit factors which aid in disproving the idea of scientific materialism. He aims to prove that there must be another explanation for our complexities, unlike the opposing one in which everything is believed to be made or conducted by matter. Regardless of extensive scientific experimentation, there are still many aspects of the human mind and body that remain unclear. Crime and Punishment relays some extreme qualities possessed by humans which are argued by many to be valid proof of our creation by a higher power....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hamlet is More Tragic than Antigone - Aristotle views tragedy as an “imitation of an action that is serious,complete and of a certain length and scope in language pleasurably embellished with each kind of artistic ornament” (Gassner 23).The audience should be introduced to a story which, even when merely told, it produces a thrill of horror and pity and a kind of pleasure and is most effective between kindred . Aristotle lays out Aristotle lays out specific ingredients to a tragedy including a plot, characters, thought (intellect), diction and song....   [tags: compare contrast comparison] 1076 words
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The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls - ... Throughout the book, every range of emotion can be felt by the reader, due in large part to the expert use of Walls’ rhetorical strategies. These rhetorical strategies paint such vivid images that the reader can feel the sacrifice, the pity, and the love of Walls’ story as if they were standing alongside Jeannette herself. Throughout the entire memoir, multiple actions of sacrifice can be found, and these instances are frequently supported with the use of rhetorical devices. On page 213, Rex is trying to earn some extra money for the family while Rose Mary is gone....   [tags: Role as Author, Adolescent] 768 words
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The Stranger (The Outsider), Nausea, and Death on the Installment Plan - The Stranger (The Outsider), Nausea, and Death on the Installment Plan        The Stranger, by Albert Camus, Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre, and Death on the Installment Plan, by Louis-Ferdinand Celine, all contrast themselves with internal texts that fail to represent the world competently. The Stranger includes the prosecutor's narrative of the murders as an incompetent text by refusing to support the motives he assigns. It contrasts itself with the prosecutor's narrative in view of the excessive language of the prosecutor versus the simple reporting of Meursault....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Changes Made to the Draft of Strange Meeting - Changes Made to the Draft of Strange Meeting           Reality in warfare and the painful truths that accompany war are skillfully presented in Wilfred Owen's war poem "Strange Meeting."  Owen's poem is more powerful thanks to revisions the poet made as he struggled to understand the devastating effects of war, both emotionally and socially.  "Strange Meeting" underwent changes during its composition that signify changes in Owen's understanding of warfare and human interactions.  As he states in a draft of a preface to a book of poems, "My subject is War and the pity of War.  The Poetry is in the pity" (Ellmann and O'Clair 542).  Throughout the development of this poem, one can see Owen's concept of this pity change from a personal tragedy to a more universal waste.  Owen made several important changes to his poem "Strange Meeting" that enabled this universal pity to be more clearly presented.  He made the scene of the poem less dream-like and more like an actual encounter, he eliminated references to the identity of the enemy, and through this, the universality of his poem, the pity of war, is more plainly and powerfully conveyed....   [tags: Owen Strange Meeting Essays]
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Antigone is a Tragic Hero - Antigone is a Tragic Hero A subject of debate in Sophocles’ play Antigone is which character complies with the characteristics of a tragic hero. The qualities that constitute a tragic hero are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, isolation, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them. Creon possesses some of these qualities but, does not completely fulfill them all....   [tags: essays papers] 829 words
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A Comparison of Tukerys Observed by Seamus Heaney and View of a Pig by Ted Hughes - A Comparison of Tukerys Observed by Seamus Heaney and View of a Pig by Ted Hughes In the two poems - 'Turkeys Observed' and 'View of a Pig', the titles are very similar. 'View' and 'Observed' - to examine, and to watch. This gives the reader the impression that the poets were very attentive to the detail of the animals - and so made the poem more interesting. The main comparison between the two poems is that they are both about animals. One is about a 'Pig' and the other about a 'Turkey'....   [tags: Papers] 936 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Epic Tragedy - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Epic Tragedy     Aristotle's Poetics defines the making of a dramatic or epic tragedy and presents the general principles of the construction of this genre. Surprisingly, over the centuries authors have remained remarkably close to Aristotle's guidelines. Arthur Miller's twentieth century tragedy Death of a Salesman is an example of this adherence to Aristotle's prescription for tragedy. It is significant to test Aristotle's definition and requirements of tragedy by comparison and contrast, against a contemporary tragedy and to make observations with regard to what influence society and culture may have on the genre....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]
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Medea as Woman, Hero and God in Euripides' Play - Medea as Woman, Hero and God In Euripides' play the title role and focus of the play is the foreign witch Medea. Treated differently through the play by different people and at different times, she adapts and changes her character, finally triumphing over her hated husband Jason. She can feasibly be seen as a mortal woman, Aristotle's tragic hero figure and even as an exulted goddess. Medea's identity as a weak woman is emphasised at the very start of the play. It is made very clear that she has come to misfortune through no fault of her own and is powerless in her problem ("her world has turned to enmity")....   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays]
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Evoking Sympathy for Macbeth - Evoking Sympathy for Macbeth      Within Macbeth the tragedy and demise of Macbeth is an important factor in determining his character as a tragic hero.  However in order to elucidate on this point we need to define what is a tragedy.  Aristotle within ‘Poetics’ highlighted what characteristics he believed to define tragedy these being; ’…Imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself...in a dramatic, not narrative form; with incidents arising pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions’ And immediately we are brought to tragedy and what the concept of a hero is....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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