Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero

analytical Essay
1681 words
1681 words

Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero What makes a hero a tragic hero? According to the Greek play write Aristotle, a hero must possess certain character traits in order to be tragic. Aristotle’s rules are still used today when labeling a hero tragic or not tragic. Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States is a tragic hero, because he possess four of the six traits a tragic hero must possess. This will be proven through the use of credible sources and explanation of these four traits. President Kennedy easily qualifies for the first rule of being a tragic hero because, he was a man of noble stature and greatness. Kennedy accomplished noble stature and greatness before he became president when he wrote a Pulitzer Prize novel, saved his men in the Navy when he was a PT Boat Skipper, and eventually when he became the president. In The Presidents of the United States, Freidel and Sidey inform the reader that: He (JFK) wrote Profiles in Courage, which won the Pulitzer Prize in History. (Freidel and Sidey). Winning a Pulitzer was not the only thing he did that made him great before presidency. Kennedy was also a WWII war hero. As a PT boat skipper he saved his men in an attack from the Japanese. One of the men who knew Kennedy, saved after his PT-109 was hit by a Japanese destroyer in the Blackett Strait, was Patrick McMahon. After McMahon passed away in 1990 his step-son was asked about the event and what McMahon said about Kennedy: Because he suffered extensive burns in the action, McMahon was unable to swim. The machinist mate first class was kept afloat for about four hours by Kennedy, who swam three miles to a small island with McMahon’s life jacket between his teeth. My stepfather often told m... ... middle of paper ... ...a." The White House Historical Association. N.p., 2006. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Ghaemi, Nassir. "What Jackie Kennedy Didnt Say and Didnt Know." Psychology Today: Mood Swings. Sussex Publishers, Llc, 14 Sept. 2011. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. Granberry, Micheal. "Man Saved From Drowning by John F. Kennedy Dies." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 1990. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "JFK: An "idealist without Illusion"" The Denver Post [Denver] 17 Nov. 2013: 1D. Tarrant County College. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "John F Kennedy Becomes the 35th President of the United States." Life of John F. Kennedy. Boston: John F. Kennedy Presidental Library and Museum, n.d. 5. Print. King, Larry, and Cal Fussman. My Remarkable Journey. 1st ed. New York: Weinstein, 2009. Print. Wolf, Naomi. "JFK's Woman Problem." Africa News Service 9 Dec. 2013: n. pag. Tarrant County College. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that jack fitzgerald kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the united states, is a tragic hero because he possess four of six traits.
  • Explains that president kennedy qualifies for the first rule of being a tragic hero because of his noble stature and greatness.
  • Explains that kennedy was a wwii war hero and pt boat skipper who saved his men in an attack from the japanese. patrick mcmahon was one of the men who knew kennedy.
  • Narrates how mcmahon was unable to swim due to extensive burns in the action. kennedy kept the machinist mate afloat for about four hours.
  • Explains that kennedy saved mcmahon's life and the lives of almost a dozen of his crew men.
  • Describes how skipper kennedy led his remaining ten comrades on a week-long survival struggle. the survivors found precious little food or water on tiny islands.
  • Opines that president kennedy's actions as a pt skipper during wwii made him an individual of noble stature long before he became the president of the united states.
  • Explains that john f. kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president on january 20, 1961. in his inaugural speech, he spoke of the need for all americans to be active citizens.
  • Opines that john f. kennedy is a character of noble stature and has achieved greatness, not because he was born into wealthy families, but because of his pulitzer prize novel, skipper and war hero.
  • Opines that a tragic hero must possess flaws in character, and though kennedy is great, he is certainly not perfect. kennedy suffered from multiple health issues that led to dependency on drug use.
  • Explains that kennedy had colitis, osteoporosis in his lower back, addison's disease, prostatitis, urethritis and sinusitis. he was on anti-spasmodic, hydrocortisone, testosterone, and sleeping medication.
  • Explains that kennedy took multiple drugs at a time when medical science was unaware of how drugs interacted with each other. dr. nassi ghaemi, professor of psychiatry at tufts university school of medicine, believes that the amount of steroids the president was taking affected his ability to make decisions.
  • Explains that there is a correlation between jfk, the failure, and the overuse and abuse of steroids. travell and max jacobsen were injecting kennedy with probable amphetamines and more anabolic steroids throughout 1961.
  • Analyzes how jfk's medical ailments, drug use, and mood swings were not his only character flaws. his affairs if known to the public could have been detrimental to his "camelot."
  • Analyzes how kennedy's private life stood in marked contrast to his public image as a family man.
  • Concludes that kennedy's affairs fueled critics of the kennedy name. naomi wolf wrote it best in the africa news service.
  • Analyzes how kennedy's reputation has been damaged by tales and testimonials about the scores of women who cycled through the white house bedrooms (or hotel rooms) when the president traveled.
  • Explains that kennedy's downfall was triggered by some error of judgment. jfk loved to be seen, he often put that before his own safety.
  • Analyzes how the senator offered to wave any insurance hassle if mr. king and his passengers promised to vote for him "in two years." his love of topless cars led to his death, but also his popularity as president.
  • Analyzes how jfk talked about politics and public service as a means of solving societal problems. his love of topless cars may have led to his death that fateful day in dallas.
  • Opines that the final question in deciding whether or not john kennedy was a tragic hero is, did jfk really deserve to be killed?
  • Explains that the ancient greek concept of a hero is not the white hat wearer who saves the day and represents nothing but good.
  • Opines that jack fitzgerald kennedy, the slain thirty-five president, is a true geek tragic hero, who suffered from tragic flaws and was not perfect.
  • Cites the article "50 years later: alumni, faculty reflect on jfk assassination." illinois wesleyan news.
  • Explains that dallek, robert, and sidey, frank and nassir, were presidents of the united states of america.
  • Explains that john f. kennedy becomes the 35th president of the united states.
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