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Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night By F. Shakespeare

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At 12:31 P.M. Central Standard Time, on Friday, November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, something was stolen from the American people and in fact the world. The one thing that was carved from the collective souls and hearts of this great country was its innocence. The bullet from the rifle of an assassin and who fired it and from where is just smoke and mirrors, background scenery for the real unresolved questions. What did the death of JFK mean for the Country? People around the country and around the world were shocked and deeply saddened, for they knew at that moment that the beauty and glory of “Camelot” was over. Theodore Sorensen is quoted as saying, “Countless individuals have noted that the President’s death affected them even more deeply than the death of their own parents. The reason they believe, is that the latter situation most often represented a loss of the past – while the assassination of President Kennedy represented an incalculable loss of the future.” It was William Shakespeare that wrote in a play entitled The Twelfth Night, “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born great, he achieved greatness, and he also had greatness thrust upon him throughout his privileged but eventful life. JFK was young, handsome, charismatic, and rich. He was educated at the finest institutions of higher learning to include Harvard. In his younger days he was quiet athletic. He played football, golf, softball, and was on the Harvard Varsity Swim team. He was an accomplished writer, to include a Pulitzer Prize for his book entitled Profiles in Courage. He was a hero in the Navy during World War II and he served as a Congres... ... middle of paper ... ...nk to his immortality and his legacy that will survive for anther fifty years and most likely for the rest of our recorded history. We lost and have continued to lose since his death. He is gone but his legacy lives as it stands. What we lost could never be calculated, it is immeasurable and it has tainted the threads that weave through the very fabric of our lives. To summarize the theory woven throughout this paper is best summed up by JFK himself. “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery under the “Eternal Flame.” That flame burning for eternity is a representation of a light extinguished, and it has been rekindled to burn bright in the collective conscious of this country and the world. That is his legacy. One unfulfilled.
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