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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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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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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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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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growaw Chopin's The Awakening as a Tragic Bildingsroman - The Awakening as a Tragic Bildingsroman I have always considered this a tragic bildingsroman A professor suggested that this was a love story. If it is its love of self or finding it. It is no more of a love story than Call of the Wild. I guess because it has a woman and love it constitutes a love story. I agree that Reiz symbolized romantic art and ideals and Mme. Ratignolle. However Edna was less romantic because her confinement was real. Betty Freudian has this same sort of problem in the Feminist Mystique....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays] 699 words
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The Tragedy of Love - A Man and a Woman The Tragedy of Love The tragic ending of love seems to occur when relationships experience problems and break apart simply because of some sort of outside complication. If a man and a woman were isolated from the harsh realities of the outside world, their relationship would probably last longer and be less engulfed in conflict. Although relationships do not always end when there is some sort of conflict, a strain is put on the love the two have for each other. It is most definitely a tragedy that a couple’s surroundings and everyday harsh realities play a large role in whether or not their relationship will last....   [tags: essays papers] 831 words
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Tragic Differences - Tragedy has always been a popular theme in stories and plays. For centuries, people have been captivated by morbidly emotional finales, rather than by happy endings. Stories with a sad outcome fascinate us much more than those, ending on a happy note. Many of the best works of literature are considered to be tragedies. Shakespeare would be a perfect example of a man who had written many delightful comedies; yet, he was more famous for his grave tragedies. People seem to be more attached to something that disturbs them and leaves them uneasy, rather than to something frivolous and amusing....   [tags: essays research papers] 1254 words
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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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Othello's Lack of Perception and his Tragic Stature - Othello's Lack of Perception and his Tragic Stature Othello's lack of perception does to some extent diminish his tragic stature in some parts. However it is reclaimed again, perhaps towards the end when we see how Othello has been deceived. As quoted by Aristotle "Othello is too trusting." It is his naivety that leads to his downfall. At the beginning of the play, Othello is described as a "bombastic", lascivious man as Iago comments on this. However this is contradicted when he makes his appearance in Act 1 Scene 2....   [tags: Papers] 729 words
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Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic? - Arthur: Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's torrid tale of The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character, is confronted with a number of circumstances, both in and out of his control, that lead to his ultimate demise. While it can be argued that Arthur is a tragic hero, he lacks the underlying goodness and strength essential for him to fulfill this role. Otherwise, it may be demonstrated that Arthur meets all the criteria as a tragic hero, though there are other discrepancies to be noted....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1289 words
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Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero - Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero         In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the main character is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero.  Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw that in the end, is the cause of his downfall.  The play is an example of a Shakespearean tragic play because it has all of the characteristics of the tragic play.  As defined by Aristotle, a tragic play has a beginning, middle, and end; unity of time and place; a tragic hero; and the concept of catharsis....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 528 words
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Critique of the Film Shakespeare in Love - Critique of the Film Shakespeare in Love Shakespeare in Love is a fictional movie written about the great writer and poet, William Shakespeare. The story is of a young William Shakespeare barely making ends meet and trying to write a play for the local theatre. However, Shakespeare is suffering from writer's block, and is seeking inspiration by having a muse. A muse is a power, in this case a female, used to inspire a poet. Of course, a love story proceeds. Although fictional, the real story line is the writing of "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare....   [tags: Papers] 419 words
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The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar - The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar Tragedy concerns itself with the downfall of a protagonist (or the tragic hero) that suffers crushing defeat or death. Brutus certainly fits in as the protagonist of Julius Caesar and the tragic hero. Since Brutus was one of the main characters of the play, it would be obvious that he would be the tragic hero of the play as well. The downfall of the protagonist occurs through a tragic flaw of the protagonist. Brutus' tragic flaw was making bad judgments. For example, he let Antony speak at Caesar's funeral, he let Antony live and also he marched to Phillipi....   [tags: essays research papers] 620 words
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The Love of the Nightgale by Timberlake Wertembakers - In the Greek century most drama plays were tragic, as was the play "The Love of the Nightgale," written by Timberlake Wertembakers. Without reading the play first, we were given the chance to watch the play on campus. After reading the book I found there to be many similar and different perspectives between the both of them. When the audience views the play, the production depends on how well the actors portray their character. On the opening night there wasn't as many audience members so the character roles weren't effective, as it should have been compared to the literature written....   [tags: essays research papers] 623 words
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Hamlet as a Tragic Figure - Hamlet as a Tragic Figure Hamlet and his story is the perfect example of what comprises a “tragedy.” There are many factors that must be considered when attempting the art of tragedy. First, the tragic hero must be of great status. Also, the hero must possess a certain characteristic, “tragic flaw,” that eventually leads to his or her downfall. The suffering and calamity of the hero’s story must be exceptional. And lastly, the tragic story leads up to, and includes, the death of the hero....   [tags: Papers] 866 words
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Hamlet as the Tragic Hero - Hamlet as the Tragic Hero Hamlet is the best known tragedy in literature today. Here, Shakespeare exposes Hamlet’s flaws as a heroic character. The tragedy in this play is the result of the main character’s unrealistic ideals and his inability to overcome his weakness of indecisiveness. This fatal attribute led to the death of several people which included his mother and the King of Denmark. Although he is described as being a brave and intelligent person, his tendency to procrastinate prevented him from acting on his father’s murder, his mother’s marriage, and his uncle’s ascension to the throne....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 828 words
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Is Jay Gatsby Tragic? - The Tragic Jay Gatsby Many characters in novels may be considered to be tragic. These characters are considered tragic because of one character trait they possess that leads to their eventual demise. Jay Gatsby is a tragic character in a unique way. That is, he has many negative traits, but only one of these traits leads to his eventual downfall. Of all the character traits that Jay Gatsby possessed, his excessiveness in everything he did was what led him to his ultimate downfall. Jay Gatsby was excessive in every spectrum of his life....   [tags: essays research papers] 666 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero - Macbeth as Tragic Hero     Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. Aristotle established the first criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Although the definition of a tragic hero has evolved over the years, Macbeth was clearly a tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. Macbeth began as a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was gradually ruined by his own superstition, cowardice and blind ambition....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Hero - Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero The most recent meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by Microsoft Works dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness." Many characters in the play were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but without argue, Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes are due to his own actions, and the rest of the cast were merely victims of this. Macbeth's action's lead to his very nemises. From the beginning of the play this tragedy of his was manifested through forces beyond human; the supernatural if you will....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 934 words
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Macbeth As A Tragic Character - In all genres of literature, there are numerous character types one might encounter. Some bring humor or comic relief to a more serious plot, while others bring both pity and fear to the minds of the audience. A tragic character is one who shows characteristics above normality, while simultaneously giving evidence to the audience concerning his or her tragic flaw that causes the character’s life to end in an abnormal state of events. “A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.” (George Orwell, Columbia Dictionary of Quotations) In a tragedy the main character rises to greatness, then conti...   [tags: essays research papers] 1171 words
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Impetous Actions And Their Tragic Consequences - Impetuous actions can dramatically alter the life of anybody in many ways. The lack of thinking things through and acting solely on one particular emotion can lead to unanticipated results. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows how impetuous actions combined with the need for lust can lead to a tragic end. It wasn't fate but rather Romeo and Juliet's hasty actions that brought their untimely deaths. Love at first sight ultimately led to the premature deaths of the two lovers....   [tags: essays research papers] 954 words
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The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth - The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy about a war hero named Macbeth, who follows his ambition with evil and who is repaid with evil. Although the witches' predictions are responsible for influencing Macbeth's thoughts, no one tells Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth is responsible for putting power into the hands of Lady Macbeth and letting her influence him. Another example of Macbeth's early thoughts of treachery occurs when Duncan formally names his son Malcolm as his successor....   [tags: Papers] 676 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero For Macbeth to be considered a “Tragic Hero”, he must have some potential nobility, some good qualities that make his downfall terrifying. He must be examined as a human being with human weaknesses. Is he one who, as Lady Macbeth says, Act I, Sc. v, "is too full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way" or is he the "butcher" that Malcolm considers him to be in the final scene of the play. Or is he a victim of his ambition or of moral weaknesses or of his limited concept of manliness, or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1762 words
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Romeo and Juliet - A Great Love Story? - Romeo and Juliet has been known as the best love story to hit the face of the earth. It is the most known and most talked about Shakespeare play and has become the ultimate classic love story. But is it even all that great. No, I do not think Romeo and Juliet is all that great of a love story. I think that the public who were exposed to the play at the time, which was around the 1600's, had not seen too many other tragic love stories, so they of course loved it. Everybody loves new and original things....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 585 words
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Creon - The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon - The Tragic Hero in Antigone There is still a great debate on who is, in fact, the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone. Many hold that it must be Antigone, herself; after all, the play does bear her name. But in actuality, Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic hero. In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero, one will first have to answer the question, “What is a tragic hero?” Aristotle, when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama, states that such a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely evil....   [tags: Antigone essays] 427 words
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True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In Master Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, 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....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1041 words
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A Comparison of Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love - One of the greatest questions addressed in both Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love is the question "does love conquer all?" Should one follow his heart or should one conform to society's view as to what is proper. In the movie, love does in fact conquer all, but, in the play, it does not. In the play Romeo and Juliet decide to follow their hearts and they do not conform to society's wishes. Romeo and Juliet end up dead and the feud between the Montagues and Capulets is over. In the case of Shakespeare in Love, Will loses Viola but his love for her lives on as seen in his later writings....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 904 words
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The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare - The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare Tragedy is defined in Websters Dictionary as: 1) A medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man 2) A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the hero and a superior force (like destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites leaves the readers full of pity or terror. King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s great tragic pieces; it is not only seen as a tragedy in itself, but also a play that includes two tragic heroes and four villains....   [tags: Papers] 692 words
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Deception and Unconditional Love in King Lear - Ten years ago, as a little girl, fairy tale was the most favourit kind of my reading. The happy ending in every fairy tale made me enjoyable very much. Sometimes, I got some meaningful lessons for myself from the story I had read. To some extent, like a fairy tale, King Lear by William Shakespeare also brings back to me the memories of those days, that is overwhelmed by the story about King and princesses. However, it is obviously not a fairy tale because of its tragic ending and its profound philosophies of life....   [tags: European Literature] 798 words
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The True Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: The True Tragic Hero Antigone, is the drama written by Sohpocles. There is still a great debate on who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone, Creon or Antigone. Many people believes that it must be Antigone, herself. This is because Antigone is an outstanding example of someone who did what she thought was right, while she was among fools, many hardships, and people who were discouragingly uncourageous. When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother, be left to rot unburied because he had died as a traitor, she tried to buried him even she knew that she would be punished....   [tags: Antigone essays] 477 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero - William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero      If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic than his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.      Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Hero Essays] 1443 words
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traglear The Tragic Truth of King Lear - The Tragic Truth of King Lear        King Lear is another story of a soul in torment, a "purgatorial" story. Again the tragic writer has internalized a commonplace action, the facts of which were legendary and presumably known to Shakespeare's audience. Like the Poet of Job, who dramatized the tragic alternatives to the folk story, and like Marlowe, who saw the elements of tragic dilemma in the story of Faustus, Shakespeare transformed the tale of the mythical, pre-Christian King Lear ("who ruled over the Britons in the year of the world 3105, at what time Joas ruled in Judah") into a dramatic action whose shape and quality define Christian tragedy in its full development....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Oedipus the King: The Tragic Flaws Of Oedipus - The ancient Greeks were fond believers of Fate. Fate, defined according to Webster’s, is “the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as the do.” The Greeks take on Fate was slightly modified. They believed that the gods determined Fate: “…fate, to which in a mysterious way the gods themselves were subject, was an impersonal force decreeing ultimate things only, and unconcerned with day by day affairs.” It was thought that these gods worked in subtle ways; this accounts for character flaws (called harmatia in Greek)....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 1052 words
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Love Wasnt - Love Wasn’t Love is sacrifice of one’s self for the people you care about most in your life. Love is a choice to do what is best for another person. There are times when choosing to love someone comes at a great cost. You have to sacrifice something; time, money, energy, and sometimes the supreme cost will be giving up your own life so that someone else can live. When it really costs you something to carry on in a relationship or to help someone, that is the real test to find out if you truly love that person....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Shakepeare in Love - The players include screenplays Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard, director John Madden, actors, Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, Gweneth Paltrow as Princess Viola De Lesseps, Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth, Ben Afleck as Ned Allen and produced by Miramax. The movie was entitled Shakespeare in Love. Young Will Shakespeare is about to start his new play, "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter." However, Shakespeare has writer's block and according to his 16th century "shrink," only love can break this mighty block and give him back his "muse." While holding auditions for the play, he meets Thomas Kent, an incredible actor, who is really a princess in disguise....   [tags: Film] 403 words
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Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye - The Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye In many novels written by J.D. Salinger, there is a recurring theme of love that arises and that indicates the character of the individual in the novel. Salinger uses love in the context of being a device that is used to protect and to care for people who need protecting and caring. In Salinger's novel, Catcher in the Rye, love is used by a character, Holden Caulfield, who struggles desperately to find a certain somebody or anyone to allocate his love to, but realizes finally, that this love is not necessarily expressed through saving " the children in the rye" from the time of trial, but actually caring for them and being th...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Love in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing - Many of Shakespeare's plays show a strong theme of love. Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing deal primarily with the issue of true and false love. Romeo and Juliet, tragic play, is about two lovers who struggle, sacrifice, and defy their families and society for the sake of love that changes them completely. Although the end of Romeo and Juliet's story is death both of the lovers, their love turns to be immortal. Much Ado About Nothing, comedy play, is about two lovers who their relationship starts as child like and develops to be true love that motives the lovers to sacrifice in order to keep their love....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 829 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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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 Tragic Flaw of Hamlet - The Tragic Flaw of Hamlet One of the greatest works in literature, Shakespeare's Hamlet has been the topic of controversial discussion ever since it was written. The controversies range from "Is Hamlet truly mad, to Is Hamlet really in love with Ophelia." The most intriguing topic of discussion though, is Hamlet's fatal flaw. As in all Shakespearean works, there is always a tragic hero. This hero is always the person that the audience comes to love, however every tragic hero has to have some kind of a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall....   [tags: Papers] 803 words
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What is Love? - It seems as if Goethe is trying to decipher what love truly is, whether it is a harmonious natural peace that overwhelms or a dangerous emotion touched with greed and lust. He uses different forms of love to try to solve the question of what love is. The most prominent are caring love, passionate love, and divine love. Goethe uses flowery prose and images to discuss the different forms of love and lust. As well divining the nature of love, the poems bring to light certain social issues, such as religion, lust, the poems speak of the gender roles and the power each holds....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ] 1177 words
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Elements that Make a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Works - Elements that Make a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Works In all of Shakespeare's tragedies, the hero must suffer and in some if not most cases, die. What makes a tragic hero. One has to be a man of high estate: a king, a prince or an officer of some high rank. It was common practice for Shakespeare to tell of his tragic hero through the voices of others around his hero. This way we can understand his conflicts, his struggles, and flaws. Usually the hero's own actions and obsessions bring him to his tragic end....   [tags: Papers] 1105 words
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Tragic Factors for John Procter in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" - Aristotle who was the Greek Philosopher once stated on tragic hero. He stated that “The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." John Procter, one of the main characters in the play, is the one example of the tragic hero. Unlike what Aristotle stated, he was not a high classman. Instead, he was a diligent farmer who loved his wife and his children....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 587 words
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Who is Responsible for the Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet - Who is Responsible for the Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet 'Romeo and Juliet', a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in the 16th Century all about two strong hearted teenagers in the city of Verona in Italy who fall in love with each other as 'star crossed lovers'. The two young teenagers of feuding families were destined to fall in love, however many problems occur to the extent of suicide, that affect their relationship, one of the main factors is the feud between their two families....   [tags: Papers] 1124 words
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Antigone as a Tragic Hero - Antigone as a tragic hero The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone is unanswered. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a tough one. Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies for doing what she believes is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen to her. Unlike Antigone, Ismene says “And break the law, our death will be more shameful even then theirs” (pg.5 line 60)....   [tags: essays research papers] 515 words
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Not Enough Time for Love - The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare is a tragic story of two “star-crossed lovers” (prologue) fighting against time and their families for their love. This story is a prime example of what young couples should not do which is, fall in love to fast. Romeo and Juliet knew each other for less than a week when they fell in love and got married. Shakespeare used many instances of time and haste during this story. “The opening scene of the play establishes the pace at which tragic fate will unfold.” (Driver, 488)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1121 words
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Okonkwo as a Tragic Dero - Okonkwo as a Tragic Dero Is Okonkwo a tragic hero. To answer that question one must start by defining the term 'tragic hero' first introduced by Aristotle. Aristotle defined a tragic hero simply as being a character fulfilling three different requirements. The character must be larger than life, and must have a high social standing. The character must also have ordinary human qualities, and must have a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall. In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, all these characteristics are found in Okonkwo of Umuofia....   [tags: Papers] 814 words
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Othello as Tragic Hero - Othello as Tragic Hero I would agree that it is helpful to an understanding of Othello's character to think of him as a tragic hero. On the surface, the opinion may be different because he kills his wife and commits suicide to end his anguish. However, if we look deeper the suffering that Othello has to go through, and the way that this powerful and heroic character is tricked and knocked off his high perch by Iago (a lower status member of the army) he can be seen as a tragic hero....   [tags: Papers] 1109 words
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Julius Caesar and the Tragic Hero - Sakespear's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar holds two possible candidates for a tragic hero, however Brutus fits the persona best. The true definition of a tragic hero, as found by Aristotle, is a character who falls from a high standing to a low standing. They suffer enourmous loss, but are eventually enlightened of their own flaw or flaws. Initially the play begins with Caesar returning to Rome from defeating Pompey. Meanwhile, the first seeds of conspiracy are begining to take root. Although Brutus ignores Cassius's chiding to join the conspirators his tragic flaw of being easily molded and persuaded lead him to fall prey and join....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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