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Romeo and Juliet a Tragic Love - Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. This story starts off with two opposing families of royalty, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have a deep seeded hatred for one another that traces way back into their family’s history. Shakespeare takes his audience though a heart churning tale of two star crossed lovers. From the start Romeo and Juliet’s love seemed to be an uphill battle that they would never win even with help....   [tags: romeo, juliet, shakespeare, love story]
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A Tragic Love Quadrangle: An Analysis of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov - A Tragic Love Quadrangle: An Analysis of The Seagull Based on his real life events and experiences, The Seagull is one of Anton Chekhov's most distinguished dramatic works. The play explores love, loss and despair. Despite the play’s classification as fiction, the event that served as the catalyst to Anton Chekhov’s dramatization actually took place. As Keith Neilson stated: The Seagull was based on an event in Anton Chekhov’s life. One afternoon, while he was taking a walk with his friend, Ilya Levitan, the landscape painter, he saw Levitan shoot a seagull that was flying over the river....   [tags: incident, love, loss, dispair] 1308 words
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Tragic Love in Grace Ogot's Short Stories - The path of true love has never run smoothly. These short stories, “The Lovers,” by Bessie Head, and “The Rain Came,” by Grace Ogot, were made noteworthy because of their tragedies. Each story reveals the misfortunes and predicaments associated with love. The stories expose that the path of true love is not smooth, and must never be smooth, if we are to fully appreciate what true love is. A core concept portrayed in both stories is the notion of different kinds of love. Passion between couples is the form more commonly thought of when referring to true love....   [tags: Love, tragedy, Grace Ogot,] 858 words
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The Tragic Heroine of Love and Obsession - Who is the real tragic hero in The Madea, Madea, the princess of Colchis or Jason, the king of Iolcus. The tragic story is about a woman Madea, whom gives up her home, family and everything else in her life for Jason. Against her father’s wishes she helps Jason defeat his quest to a Golden Fleece. Madea eventually marries Jason and raises two sons. Unfortunately, Jason abandons Madea and marries the beautiful daughter of Corinth. Madea went from a lover and partner in crime to an obsessive prideful monster....   [tags: The Madea, princess of Colchis, Lolcus]
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Fate in Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is classified as a beautiful yet tragic love story told in the form of a play. Romeo, from the house of Montague, is a passionate and impulsive lover that falls head over heels for young Juliet, house of Capulet . Through a series of unfortunate events, their tale ends with both of them committing suicide over the star-crossed love for the other. It comes down to the question, who is responsible for the lovers’ death. The reader can put the blame on Romeo’s faulty actions or Juliet’s inactions; One can also go on to blame the more minor characters like the lovers confidants, the Nurse and the Friar....   [tags: tragic love, montague] 1009 words
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Pyramus and Thisbe & Romeo and Juliet - ... Both Pyramus and Thisbe and Romeo and Juliet are about two young people falling in love. In both stories, the parents of the children are enemies. This is stated in the Prologue of Romeo and Juliet, “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil bloodmakes civil hands unclean.” They have to hide their feelings for each other. Both sets of lovers want to meet to express their love for one another. Romeo and Juliet however have already had the chance to meet and marry, but it is when Friar Lawrence's plan for them to meet and run away together fails, that causes their tragic deaths....   [tags: tragic love, texts in literature and film] 613 words
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Tragic Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Tragic Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Tragedy was very popular in Shakespeare’s day. The majority had a climax at the end involving many dead bodies finishing on stage. Most other play writers at this time also wrote tragedies like John Webster who wrote “the witch devil”. Romeo and Juliet was the first major tragedy. It was before “the big four” which was Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear which were written between (1600-1606).All of Shakespeare tragic heroes are doomed almost from the start due to a fatal flaw in their personality....   [tags: Papers] 1052 words
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Tragic Love Story- Creative Writing - It had been love at first sight, the day I met Tom. That stormy night so many years ago, I can remember every last detail of it. The second I’d seen him, our eyes had locked. He was tall, had chocolate brown hair and eyes I could stare into all day. I knew instantly I was in love. A mutual friend had seen the intent gaze we shared and introduced us. And from then on, everything just got better and better. It was like living a dream. He took me out to dinner, met my parents – they loved him, he even agreed to come shopping with me....   [tags: Creative Writing Essay] 984 words
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Hareton vs. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights - Wuthering Heights is a book written by Emily Bronte, which consists of many static and dynamic characters. Its characters are oftentimes hard to decipher from one another, whether it be their names are similar, start with the same letter, or are the same name entirely. Wuthering Heights is about many issues of Bronte’s time, such as racism and class, through a love triangle between a free-spirited woman, a rich, well-mannered man, and a poor, discriminated man. Their love triangle outlives them and their offspring have their own love triangle....   [tags: Tragic Upbringings, Love Triangle]
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Humor in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... When Romeo asks Mercutio what his dream was about, Mercutio says, “That dreamers often lie” (1.4.53). In this instance, the play on the word “lie” is witty and clever. Mercutio is stating that dreams “lie” as dreamers “lie.” Although humorous and comedic, this is thematically important, as it stresses the fabrications as well as the deceptions in dreams. Through the use of this pun we acquire that Romeo and Juliet choose to pin their hopes on a dream, and we later learn, that these dreams and hopes end with tragic results....   [tags: literary devices, love, tragic results] 683 words
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Eros and Psyche - Eros and Psyche is a tragic Greek love tale. It revolves around Betrayal, Deceptions, and Exaggerations. Being retold many times, there are various accounts of the fable-but they all circle around the same heartfelt legend of their love. The saga is about the Greek goddess Venus, who becomes jealous of a mortal female-Psyche- and sent her son-Eros -to do her bidding and make sure that Psyche, would never find love. Everything was fine-until he fell in love with her-drama follows. Psyche was the third daughter of a king who had a kingdom....   [tags: Tragic Greek Love Tale, Literary Analysis]
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Blank Verses in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... Moreover, Shakespeare focuses the plot around verbal messages. For example, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio only hear of Capulet’s ball accidently by the Capulet’s servant. Again a message is used when the Nurse tells Juliet of Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment. Yet at first Juliet believes it is Romeo who was killed and not her cousin. The last message used in the play is when Balthasar gives Romeo false news of Juliet’s death and Friar John is not able to convey to him that she is in fact drugged, not dead....   [tags: love, die, emotion, tragic] 771 words
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Love In Poems Brings Great Emotions - ... Must I bee still, while it my strength devours, and captive leads me prisoner bound, unfree?” In this part of her poem she questions if she can overcome love, but knows that it has full control over her now. Even though she tries to get away from its inescapable grasp on one’s soul, she realizes that she is under it’s power and has lost her freedom. The story is a great example of how in life, love will do this to a person and shows the feelings that one will most likely feel. It’s as if love controls you with a powerful spell and you must do whatever it commands....   [tags: romantic, tragic, mysticfying] 875 words
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Romeo's Tragic Downfall - On the surface, Romeo & Juliet is a simple tragic love story: boy meets girl, they fall in love, time elapses, things go wrong, and an end is met. But if you ask why was the end met, well there's where you get into the details of the story and the individual aspects of the mostly nondescript characters, in particular Romeo himself. Look into his ridiculously romantic lines, and you'll notice either the flaw in his character, the mistake he made, or the way fate plays with its toys. From the text itself, you can glean all three ideas of how Romeo fell from atop his tower of happiness and love, but the prologue states crystal clear as crystal that: Two households, both alike in dignity/ (In f...   [tags: love, directors, tragedy]
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Romeo and Juliet: A Tragic Couple of Fate - A long, ancient feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic consequences for the star-crossed lovers; Romeo and Juliet. They passionately fall in love, but unfortunately cannot be publicly united. A secret marriage forces the two to mature rapidly, because Juliet is to be wed to another. Juliet takes a sleeping potion that causes her appear dead for nearly two days, so in this time, Romeo is to be told that she is still alive; however, he was not so he illegally purchased a poison so that he could be with Juliet in death....   [tags: william shakespeare, romeo, love story]
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Edith Wharton Shows Love Can be Stupid in Ethan Frome - ... Eventually, they’re forced to stay in Frome’s home (due to the winter storms) where the narrator sees two women; Zeena and Mattie. All look unhappy, and Mattie looks slightly dead. The novel now begins in Ethan’s past when Mattie ( Zeena’s cousin) is forced to live with the Fromes. Zeena, Fromes sickly wife grows weary of Mattie and complains in every opportunity possible. One day, Zeena has to leave to see her doctor. This gives Ethan and Mattie time alone; here Ethan is far happier than ever before....   [tags: irrationality, blinded, tragic]
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Comparing the Tragic Heroes in Medea by Euripides - The play Medea is written by Euripides, and it mainly centers on the action of tragic heroes and their lives as they unfold into a state of conflict. The main beginning of the play starts with conflict itself, where the main character Jason, has abandoned his wife Medea, as well as the two children. He basically wants to marry the daughter of Creon, who is the king of Corinth. Her name is Glauce. These are the parties who are the central characters of the play and the plan unfolds into their lives, as well as how the two characters of Jason and Medea turn out to be tragic heroes....   [tags: conflict, love, murder]
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Combined Experience of Suffering, Death and Love all at Once - Peoples’ personal life experiences usually affect the topic of their work. John Keats was a famous poet who grew up in an idyllic life until tragedy continuously stroked until his death at twenty-five years old. At eight years old, his father died in a tragic riding accident. Six years later, his mother died of tuberculosis (TB). In the midst of his troubles, his teacher strongly encouraged his reading and literacy ambitions. Living next to an insane asylum, Keats eventually started to develop physical and emotional problems....   [tags: Idyllic life, tragic poems, TB]
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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero - An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]
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Othello as a Tragic Hero - Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays....   [tags: Othello, Tragic Heroes, Shakespeare, ] 726 words
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The Danger of Love: Antigone by Sophocles - The Danger of Love Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly. In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene....   [tags: creon, ismene, dangerous love] 695 words
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Love Can Blossom in Unlikely Places - ... All the wardrobes and drawers were empty. He left nothing behind. Only a note saying – I can not do this anymore, Sorry. Matt was brought up in a broken family – his parents always bickering, resulting in his mother to leave them for another man. Over the years he built quite a close relationship with his father. He fabricated hatred towards his mother for her actions. Despite the support he got from his dad, he never got to the top of the ladder. He let each problem take over him. He thought he could no longer deal with this type of lifestyle....   [tags: love, perfect, imperfect, heart] 618 words
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Different Kinds of Love in The Jade Peony - There are many kinds of love, relationships and companionship in the world. However, during some sensitive periods of time, some love is marked as forbidden love or guilty love. Some people had to give up their love, some people had to decide to hide their love forever, some people had to get rid of the result of the love to protect themselves under that background. Wayson Choy, the author of The Jade Peony, tries to use the conflicts in the novel to tell people what real love is. Therefore, in the novel, the three relationships are three kinds which are not easily accepted by people at that time....   [tags: Wayson Choy, what is real love?]
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Consequences of Forbidden Love in Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet - ... Romeo and Juliet are stuck in this bad fortune and Romeo even goes as far as to say “I am fortune’s fool”. This is significant because it is saying that their free will to love each other and be together is nonexistent. They are doomed from the start no matter what actions they try and take their destiny is in not in their favor. Love however in this story is the entire meaning to everything. Love is why Romeo and Juliet die. Love is why everything gets so complicated and so upsetting. Love is everything and more in this play and leads up to the most tragic endings to a love story in the history of love stories and the most unexpected losses for two lovers and their families....   [tags: fate, loss, control, love] 1074 words
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The Love Story - The Love Story Some of the elements in the love story have changed over time. In the ancient world and during the Middle Ages, love stories did not have happy endings, and they focused on love outside of social and economic status. This was an innovation at that time, because most marriages were arranged and the partners were of the same social class. Beginning in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, love stories began to have happy endings, because marriage was coming to be rooted in feelings of truelove and couples came together by personal choice....   [tags: Love Stories Romance Essays] 1309 words
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Comparison of Two Love Stories: Pyramus and Thisbe and Romeo and Juliet - So many love stories have the same plot and events happening as in other stories. Pyramus and Thisbe and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet are a great example of how similar two love stories can be. There are many affinities between these stories that make them almost identical. The stories both are not only love, but tragedy as well. You can see this from the title of Romeo and Juliet, but not as much in Pyramus and Thisbe. So when you read these stories, you will not be expecting them to be so much alike....   [tags: tragedy, love, secertly, apart] 551 words
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The Crucible’s John Proctor As A Tragic Hero - The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, Reverend Paris, and Abigail are the main characters. The book is about witchcraft or what the town thinks is witchcraft. John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper. John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling Elizabeth, “It is well seasoned” (p. 48) in reference to the rabbit she cooked, in which he had to add salt to....   [tags: Miller Crucible Tragic Hero] 821 words
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Love Presented in Poems by Wilfred Owen - Love Presented in Poems by Wilfred Owen Explore how the theme of love is presented in Birdsong and a selection of poems by Wilfred Owen. Loving attitudes, though perhaps not as prominent as themes such as violence and pride, are intimately observed and explored in Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and in many of Wilfred Owen's War poems. Each aspect of love, as seen through the eyes of this First World War soldier and Faulks' characters, is as interesting as it is diverse, allowing an impervious insight into the psychological effects that the War had on these men....   [tags: Wilfred Owen Poems Poetry Love Essays]
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Tragic Flaws of Romeo and Juliet - Tragedy is a broad topic; there are many aspects of a tragedy. A tragedy includes events arousing the emotions of pity and fear. These emotions can define a tragedy and are evoked when watching the play or reading the drama. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, endure events that arouse pity and fear from the reader. An Aristotelian tragedy is a specific type of tragedy outlined by Aristotle. In this type of tragedy, a cause-and-effect chain takes place and the characters' fate is determined by their tragic flaw....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ] 1936 words
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Tragic Heroes in The Scarlet Letter - In The Scarlet Letter, there are many people that can be considered tragic heroes. Each tragic hero has a tragic flaw that causes their downfall. Hester Prynne is a tragic heroin because of her downfall that is brought on by her love and loyalty to Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne is a tragic hero because of her perseverance and determination in her journey with Pearl. Even though she is given the opportunity to leave Boston and remove the scarlet letter that she wears on her clothes, she chooses to stay and be with the father of her child....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis] 628 words
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The building blocks of a tragic hero - Imperfection, manipulation and ignorance are the perfect ingredients for creating a tragic hero. A great example of a person displaying these traits would be no other than Othello, from William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”. Throughout the play, Othello is manipulated and as a result he becomes extremely jealous and angry with the ones he loves. Othello is easily manipulated by the conversations between Iago and himself. Othello’s tragedy is caused because of personal flaws, and misguided trust in others, which is evident as his dialect, and behaviours change throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello] 959 words
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Tragic Heroes in Famous Literature - Imagine some of the greatest tragic heroes of all time: Hamlet, Macbeth, Odysseus -- Ones we all know and love. We laughed at their mistakes, cried at their downfalls, and enjoyed their triumphs. And now a new generation wishes to be among them: King Creon (from Sophocles’ Antigone), Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar. But, it will not be easy; it will take a lot for them to win over our hearts and be crowned “most tragic hero” of them all. First, they will have to play the part. What exactly constitutes a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, MacBeth, Odysseus] 775 words
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Romeo as a Tragic Hero - “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;” (Prologue, 6) Tragedy, events of great misfortune, has engulfed the world for centuries. Tragedy often giving rise to feelings of depression, anger, sorrow, and guilt. Romeo, in the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is a wealthy adolescent of the Montague family. He falls in love with young Juliet, of his rival family—the Capulets. Romeo’s infatuation with Juliet leads to a hasty desire for marriage. This creates a rash and careless mindset, making Romeo susceptible to errors in judgement....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1530 words
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Blanche Dubois: A Tragic Hero - Throughout Tennessee William’s play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Blanche Dubois exemplified several tragic flaws. She suffered from her haunting past; her inability to overcome; her desire to be someone else; and from the cruel, animalistic treatment she received from Stanley. Sadly, her sister Stella also played a role in her downfall. All of these factors ultimately led to Blanche’s tragic breakdown in the end. Blanche could not accept her past and overcome it. She was passionately in love with Alan; but after discovering that he was gay, she could not stomach the news....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 876 words
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Creon the Tragic Hero - ... He must choose between that edict and the life of his niece”(S.M. Adams The Classical Review. Vol. 45, No. 3; pp. 110-111). Creon has three main behaviors that cause him to be the tragic hero. First he favors civic laws over the love of his family. Second, his pride overcomes his rational decision making process because he does not want to be defeated by a women, even his niece. According to Teaching politics using Antigone "creaon has the inability to learn how to gain power. Creon comes to office throuigh the rather dubious claim of being the only male in the family who has not either killed his father and slept with his mother(or been killed by) his brother recently." Creon must ear...   [tags: Antigone by Sophocles]
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A Modern Romantic’s View on Love - Love – a simple four letter word shrouded in mystery and many different meanings. Philosophers, poets, and writers have all tried to discern the significance or concept of love for many centuries. Plato, for example, was one such philosopher who in his work the Symposium (which means “Drinking Party”) wrote about “Eros” – the term for sexual love in Greek. The Symposium was written approximately around 384 and 379 B.C.E., and follows five elite Athenian men as they pronounce their admiration of Eros while lounging on couches listening to flute girls play in the distance....   [tags: common love, symposium, sexual relations]
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A Play of Love Turned Bad: Shakespeare's Othello - Shakespeare’s famous play Othello is a play of love that has turned bad by the unfounded jealousy of the protagonist character Othello. Arguably the contribution of Othello’s susceptibility to manipulation, his weaknesses and the manipulation of other characters tactics such as Iago each contribute to the downfall of Othello. However, to the extent of which each is more significant varies and this is what will be analysed in this essay. Like many of Shakespeare’s tragic plays each has to have a tragic hero....   [tags: love, othello, shakespeare, ]
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Une Petite Mort: Death, Love and Liminality in the Fiction of Ali Smith - Death, Love and Liminality in the Fiction of Ali Smith The morbid marriage of love and death is not an original topic to postmodernist writing or to Scottish literature. Diverse forms of literature from Greek myth to Shakespearian tragedies have hosted stories of tragic love and romantic deaths, with varying nuances of darkness and romance. Nonetheless, this paper will attempt to establish a link between Ali Smith’s writing, postmodernist fiction and Scottish fantasy, while looking at the topic of love and death in conjunction with the concept of liminality....   [tags: Ali Smith Death Love Essays]
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Marcus Brutus: The Most Tragic Hero - Imagine some of the greatest tragic heroes of all time: Hamlet, Macbeth, Odysseus… Ones we all know and love. We laughed at their mistakes, cried at their downfalls, and enjoyed their triumphs. And now a new generation wishes to be among them: King Creon (from Sophocles’ Antigone), Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar. But, it won’t be easy; it will take a lot for them to win over our hearts and be crowned “most tragic hero” of them all. First, they will have to play the part. What exactly constitutes a tragic hero....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays] 775 words
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Othello's Tragic Flaws - Shakespeare has been known to create terrific tales of love and tragedy. Even James Van Der Beek, a well known actor from Dawson's Creek, once commented that, “like all great romantics, Shakespeare realized love was a lot more likely to end with a bunch of dead Danish people than with a kiss”("Americans on the Bard"). This emphasizes how easily people can relate Shakespeare to tragic love. Although he did write many poems and plays with happy endings, his tragedies stand out the most. In these tragedies, people are often led through use of misconception, trickery, or both....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Tragic Hero in Othelo by William Shakespeare - Conventions of Othello Shakespeare has been a part of the American Society for many years. Compared to other Authors, he has a different style of writing but within his own writings, they are all very much alike. He has written many plays including Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare was a man who wrote plays that followed the same literary conventions. These conventions included tragic hero, fallacy, irony, and also suspense. A tragic hero is a male figure who is high in society and one who always has a tragic flaw....   [tags: desdemona, romeo and juliet]
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Into the Wild: Chris McCandless is a Tragic Hero - Jon Krakauer, fascinated by a young man in April 1992 who hitchhiked to Alaska and lived alone in the wild for four months before his decomposed body was discovered, writes the story of Christopher McCandless, in his national bestseller: Into the Wild. McCandless was always a unique and intelligent boy who saw the world differently. Into the Wild explores all aspects of McCandless’s life in order to better understand the reason why a smart, social boy, from an upper class family would put himself in extraordinary peril by living off the land in the Alaskan Bush....   [tags: Character of Chris McCandless]
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True Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Written in the Stars Love, especially desperate, intense love, is a popular theme for many pieces of literature over the years. Because of love’s powerful and ubiquitous nature, many easily relate to it, which is perhaps a strong reason for its popularity as a theme in literature. But as many also know, love does not always work out perfectly. Two very famous stories, that of Pyramus and Thisbe, recounted by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, and also Romeo and Juliet, written by the great William Shakespeare....   [tags: thisbe, pyramus, star-crossed love]
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... Throughout the story the ancient feud causes many conflicts in Verona, one of the conflicts being the fight between Romeo, Tybalt, and Mercutio. The fight ended with the banishment of Romeo from Verona and the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. Since Romeo was banished it gives Friar Lawrence an idea to come up with an elaborate plan for Romeo and Juliet to be together, and leads to their destruction. Friar Lawrence was very benign to Romeo and Juliet, he even married them, but could he also have something to do with their deaths....   [tags: tragic romances, story analysis] 523 words
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A View From the Bridge - A tragic hero is a great character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for his/her downfall. The character ends up dying. Eddie is a longshoreman that unloads boats on the docks of Sicily. He supports his wife Beatrice and his niece, Catherine. However, Eddie has twisted feelings towards Catherine as he has raised her like his own daughter, and feels a strong connection towards Catherine. Eddie’s feeling and jealousy causes him to need to have Catherine in his life, and his irrational behaviour leads to his death....   [tags: tragic hero, flaw, jealousy] 634 words
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Désirée's Baby by Kate Chopin - A tale of tragic injustice, “Désirée's Baby” explores racism at its worst, through a falling out of love because of it. Kate Chopin, who was born in 1851, died in 1904 when she was about 53 years old (Chopin 150). She wrote “Désirée's Baby” in 1894(Chopin 150). It is a short, to-the-point depiction of racism and injustice in Louisiana during before the Civil war (Chopin 150). It is set on a plantation called L'Abri, which is the family home of the Aubignys (Chopin 150). The main characters are Désirée, Armand Aubigny, and Madame Valmonde....   [tags: literary analysis, tragic injustice]
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John Proctor, The Tragic Hero - In the play the Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because of his tragic fate and his sacrifice to his family. The play takes place in the town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692 during the times of the Salem witch trials. Many of the townspeople were being accused but one family inpeticular named the Proctors were at the epicenter of the accusations. The proctors were being accused by Abigail Williams, which eventually led to the death and hanging of John Proctor. John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because he had a tragic flaw, which was a lust for sex, which lead to an affair with Abigail, he had free choice of whether or not he was going to be hanged but adm...   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller] 982 words
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Brutus: A True Tragic Hero - The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the story about the men who conspired and followed through with the assassination of the great Julius Caesar. These men fear that Caesar will take the crown and become the next king of Rome. The roman people had a true averse feeling toward the idea of monarchy. So in order to prevent this they come up with a plan to end Caesars life, which is duly followed through on March 15, 44 B.C. Out of these conspirators there is one man that stands out to be a tragic hero, and that is a man by the name of Brutus....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays] 978 words
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The Tragic Story of Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo’s life was full of sad tragic events and political affairs. Hugo once said, “To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.” And living is exactly what Hugo accomplished. He wrote numerous stories and essays, lived a vivacious love life and had heated opinions about the government in France. In the end of it all though, Hugo was a great romantic author who still lives on today in his works of literature. Before Victor Hugo there was Joseph Lēopold-Sigsbert Hugo and Sophie Trēbuchet....   [tags: Biography]
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