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Inequality: Modern Oppression in the United States

- One of the first things students are told when studying creative writing is to “write what you know.” The phrase has been repeated countless times by countless teachers and professors, yet what does writing what you know truly entail. Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California in 1947. Her father, a shoemaker, died while she was only a baby leaving her to be raised by her mother and grandmother. Her family wasn’t well off financially and she observed her mother, who was a housemaid, work extremely hard to barely keep the household afloat....   [tags: Civil Rights]

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Important Heros and Heroines in Greek Culture

- Group 10 Important Heros and Heroines in Greek Culture Heroes reflect the greatest strengths of the human condition, as well as highlighting the flaws of human nature itself. It is no surprise then that throughout the Greek world are found depictions of heros on various pieces of pottery. These pieces better help to understand what the people of the ancient Greek world were like and which heroic values they felt were worthy of art. When analyzing the art and the stories of such heroes, common themes tend to emerge of what the ancient Greeks thought were heroic values....   [tags: krater, pottery, Pelops, Oenomaus, Achilles]

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Oedipus: The Reign of a Tragic Hero

- The time period of Greek theater’s popularity was a very influential time in our world’s history. Without knowing what Greek theater was all about, how can someone expect to truly understand a tragic play and the history it comes with. The history behind the character of Oedipus, in the play Oedipus the King, is very complicated. His intricate past dealing with prophecies, family members, and murder is the main focus of the story. There are many characteristics that complete Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero; these being the presence of hamartia and peripeteia, a sense of self-awareness, the audience’s pity for the character, and the hero is of noble birth....   [tags: greek theater, noble birth, greek mythology]

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Analysis Of The Play ' Medea '

- INTRODUCTION Medea was first performed in 431 BCE at the City Dionysia festival. Here every year three playwrights competed against each other, each writing a tetralogy of four tragedies and a satyr play (alongside Medea were Philoctetes, Dictys and the satyr play Theristai). In 431 BCE the competition was between Euphorion (the son of famed playwright Aeschylus, Sophocles (Euripides ' main rival) and Euripides. Euphorion won, and Euripides placed last. The form of the play differs from many other Greek tragedies by its simplicity: All scenes involve only two actors, Medea and someone else....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Euripides, Dionysia]

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The Developmental Stages Of The Greek Civilization

- The developmental stages of the Greek Civilization from early Minoan to Golden Age Athenian Culture of the 5th century B.C. is that the Minoan culture began producing sculpture and pottery in approximately 2600 B.C., inaugurating what was known as the prepalatial period. Then about 2000 B.C., the Minoans began constructing the palaces that became their trademark. The palace-building protopalatial period, which lasted until about 1450 B.C., included flourishing economic, political, and social organization and active trade in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the first appearance of writing in the Greek world....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Greece, Linear B, Knossos]

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The Temple Of Aphrodite And The Acropolis

- In the Roman republic and Roman principate periods from 509 BCE to 284 CE, the Roman Empire banned the practice of Christianity, the religion based on the beliefs of Jesus of Nazareth, as Romans worshiped multiple Roman gods, both alive and dead. In 313 CE after he ended his father’s persecution of Christianity, Constantine, the first Roman emperor to permit and encourage the practice of Christianity, signed a proclamation called the Edict of Milan to legalize its practice in Rome. Christianity became the sole religion of the Roman Empire and other religions were, in fact, banned....   [tags: Roman Empire, Ancient Rome, Christianity]

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The Great Three Tragic Dramatists Of Greece

- The third and most contemporary of the great three tragic dramatists of Greece, Euripides often expressed controversial ideas in his work. Unlike the other two members making up the triumvirate, Aeschylus and Sophocles, Euripides’ work questioned traditional and widely held social values, and thus, his work was seen as less appealing and less popular to the masses . For example, his first known tragedy, Medea, “attacks contemporary injustices not only to women but also to foreigners” (Hadas, 92)....   [tags: Medea, Greek mythology, Jason, Tragedy]

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Descriptive Essay : The Subsurface

- The Subsurface There it was. I had never witnessed something so beautiful and natural. The turtles were lined up, one after another, awaiting their turn in the pristine waters of Kauai’s Poipu Coast. I tried not to let my air bubbles disturb this scene I was now a part of. After checking my oxygen levels and depth gage, I found I still had time to see this spectacle. Each turtle was patiently waiting to enter its communal home in the cavern’s, which was forged from volcanic tubing. This was a seminal moment that crystallized my love for what occurs below the surface....   [tags: Nature, Life, Sea otter, Natural environment]

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Forms of Love in Plato's Symposium

- Love, in classical Greek literature, is commonly considered as a prominent theme. Love, in present days, always appears in the categories of books, movies or music, etc. Interpreted differently by different people, Love turns into a multi-faceted being. In Plato’s work Symposium, Phaedrus, Pausania, Eryximachus, Aristophane and Agathon, each of them presents a speech to either praise or definite Love. Phaedrus first points out that Love is the primordial god; Pausanias brings the theme of “virtue” into the discussion and categorizes Love into “good” one or “bad” one; Eryximachus introduces the thought of “moderation’ and thinks that Love governs such fields as medicine and music; Aristophane...   [tags: Plato, Symposium, nature of love, relationships]

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Life is But a Poor Player

- “...who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” Shakespeare penned these words for the tragic king Macbeth, as he contemplated mortality and its seeming insignificance. But in the world of anatomy, once the actor quits his role, he continues to speak. Anatomists, students, the morbidly curious: all have flocked to dissections for centuries searching for answers. Unknowingly, audiences flock to theatres for the same reasons. Theatre, in the same way as dissection, searches for answers within the human self....   [tags: Theater ]

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The Parthenon- A Culture in Itself

- One of the most impressive accomplishments of Ancient Greece is the remarkable structure of the Parthenon on the Acropolis. The Parthenon is one of the most inspiring works of architecture known to mankind. The project of the extraordinary Acropolis was taken on by one of the most influential leaders of history, Pericles. Pericles influenced not only the building of one of the grandest works but the example of democracy displayed by the Greeks. The architecture was unique for its time, it featured excellent structure,the breathtaking Metopes featuring the epic battles of the gods, the Frieze a detailed sculpture displaying a procession of Greeks, and was built to house the magnificent statu...   [tags: Architecture]

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The Movie Version of The Odyssey

- We cannot deny the inheritance of Homer, to Shakespeare’s dramas. The Greek culture provided much of the bases for Shakespeare’s writings. Homer though blind, gained intense knowledge and philosophical skills from Plato and Aristotle. Plato and Aristotle was eager to establishing a methodical way of communicate through alphabetic writing. The introduction of and adaptations of the Phoenician alphabet the Greeks added vowels. Homer’s ability to recite oral accounts of biblical books, stories of wars, of gods....   [tags: Homer, Greek Culture]

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Establishing a Singular Standard of Justice

- Ambiguity is a natural part of life. Rarely is there ever a singular, definitive answer for anything. Justice is no exception. There is not one standard of justice: there are many. The standard can depend on history, on culture, on theology, or a variety of other factors. As different groups come together, though, having different standards of justice becomes a problem. The Oresteia, a three-part play by Aeschylus, and Death in Gaza, a film by James Miller, both showcase a struggle between two different standards of justice and the difficulty in reconciling such dissimilar ideals....   [tags: Necessity of Compromise]

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The Purpose of Myths and Legends

- Myths and legends have definitely made their way through history everyone knows. They represent the world around us and our ideas and stories. There are all different types of mythology around the world and a lot of things today are based on it. Almost every region in the world has some mythology to it. We pass myths and legends down through history and through all types of people for an explanation of something. Myths exactly the same as legends though. Majority of legends are based on true events that took place in the past, while myths are usually stories created to teach people about something or explain why something happens....   [tags: Mythology, Witchcraft]

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Treatment of Women in Ancient Literature

- Women are constantly portrayed as tempting men by using their sexual charms. And so women who remained chaste were held in a higher esteem than those who highlighted their sexuality. Walcot writes, “The Greeks believed women to be incapable of not exercising their sexual charms and that the results were catastrophic, irrespective of whether or not women set out to cause trouble deliberately or acted in a blissful ignorance of what they were doing” (39). In Homeric tales we see the character Odysseus being held by Calypso and Circe due to their sexual appeal despite him journeying home to be reunited with his wife Penelope after twenty years....   [tags: sexual appeal, odysseus, calipo, pandora]

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Analysis of Relationships in Ancient Literature

- “You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity” Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher, once said. If there is one thing the history has thought us is that relationships are the most valuable things in our lives. We keep building and strengthening our relationships from the minute we are born. It is the fact that every individual has restricted capacities to live by him or herself. This makes everyone to character him or herself into social....   [tags: antigone, trojan war, the liad]

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The Archaic and Classical Greek Periods

- ... These memories are often distinctly political in nature. The Archaic Period The Greek Archaic Period, (c. 800- 479 BCE) is preceded by the Greek Dark Age, (c.1200- 800 BCE), followed by the Classical Period (c. 510- 323 BCE), (Lloyd, 2012). One of the most important aspects to note with regards to the Archaic Period is the politics and law. These were some of the vast changes experienced during this period and mainly occurred due to the increase of the Greek population, (the sharp rise in population at the start of the Archaic period brought with it the settlement of new towns and the expansion of the older population centers) and trade, which led to colonization and an age of new intell...   [tags: heros and heoric cult]

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Virigil's Influence on Dante's Divine Comedy

- There are many heroes in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. Most are mortal, some immortal and some are demigods. The classic hero that may come to mind when someone has read this story might be Achilles or Odysseus. However, the greatest hero within the play is Hector. Hector is loyal to his family, the bravest Trojan warrior, and a martyr to his people. Loyalty to one’s family is not always easy, especially when ones brother brings home a wife that creates a war for two countries for several years....   [tags: Homer's The Iliad, The Eneid, Hector]

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The Influences of Playwright Eugene O’Neill

- Many playwrights drew from outside influences to compose their works. They would look the era they were living in, their personal lives, childhood experiences, and even ancient texts to acquire inspiration for their works and famous playwright, Eugene O’Neill, is no exception. Writing through two world wars, a great depression, and boom of the motion-picture industry, O’Neill certainly had much inspiration to choose from. Although not becoming nationally recognized until after his father’s death in 1920, O’Neill still managed to produce fifty completed works....   [tags: Drama, Era, Influences]

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The Aba Approved Paralegal Studies Program

-   The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program enabled me to gain both academic and professional skills, from drafting documents in civil litigation matters to using trial presentation software. In the Family Law and Civil Litigation classes, I drafted several documents towards filing for divorce, temporary restraining orders, interrogatories, complaints, and responses using several case scenarios. The Paralegal Studies program focused on how technology is shaping the legal arena, from e-filing to legal research databases....   [tags: Law, Criminal justice, Lawyer, Learning]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Tragedy

- Re-evaluating Tragedy Fifth century Athens created the institutionalisation of tragedy as an art form throughout the polis. Originating as Dionysian celebrations through masks, dithyrambs and dance, tragedy developed into an architectural form for playwrights, namely Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, to encapsulate the struggle of the human condition in its attempts to reconcile good and evil existence. Aristotle deconstructed tragedy and its form into the “imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude”....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Greek mythology, Euripides]

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Ancient Greece : Outline And Outline

- CHW3M CCA Greece/Rome Paragraph Outline TEMPLATE Topic Sentence: Ancient Greece maintained a highly developed belief system that was necessary for the growth of a flourishing civilization by the cohesive worshipping of the Olympian gods, the epic mythology illustrated by the Greek scholars, and the intricate practices of offerings and sacrifices in the sanctuaries. Sub-topics should appear in the outline/paragraph in the same order as in the topic sentence. Sub-topic 1: The Olympian Gods 1. Point The Olympians are twelve brilliant, strong-willed, quarrelsome gods living atop Mt Olympus in northern Greece who are both like and unlike human beings....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Dionysus, Ancient Rome]

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The Medea By Sophocles And Euripides

- The Medea written by Euripides and Agamemnon written by Aeschylus are classical Greek plays written in 5th century B.C. These plays include a strong backdrop of a patriarchal society that existed in ancient Greece. In ancient times, there was gender inequality amongst males and females; males were the breadwinner of the family and held most of the power. These two plays challenge the societal norms of that time-period. On particular, Medea in Euripides and Clytemestra in Agamemnon both challenge the patriarchy society that exists by confronting authority, displaying power, and confronting male authority....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Medea, Sociology]

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The Teachings of the Sophists

- Plato defines rhetoric as “the art of ruling the minds of men” (Bloom). The sophists were instructors in the disciplines of rhetoric and overall excellence. Their teachings thrived in the fifth century B.C. Through the work of Protagoras, Gorgias, Antiophon, and other sophists, the people of Athens gained higher education and stopped accepting everything they were taught as absolute fact. This questioning of traditional philosophical schools eventually led to the emergence of other ways of thought such as skepticism....   [tags: philosophy, rhetoric, knowledge]

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The City State Of Athens

- In the year 700 BC, the city-state of Athens, Greece became institutionalized. During this time Athens, gained much military power, which allowed the city-state to become significant culturally and politically. During the institutionalization of this Athens, the city-state took part in festival called Dionysia. The Dionysia festival honored the god Dionysus. Before some of the performances, goats were killed and offered up as sacrifices to Dionysus. During the Dionysia festival the central events consisted of theatrical performances and comedies as well as theatrical performances from 487 BC....   [tags: Tragedy, Drama, Theatre of ancient Greece]

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The Myth Of The Titan

- Introduction Prometheus the Titan is a prominent character in Greek mythology. His legend pertains to the creation of human kind and the mythological world in which the Olympian gods ruled. Prometheus participated in the Titanomachy, a war between the Olympians and the Titans, which took place during the golden age. To provide a time frame, the golden age took place after the creation of the world and the castration of Uranus. Therefore, the Titan Prometheus was a part of the sixth generation to exist, with Chaos being the first generation (Parada “Mythical Chronology”)....   [tags: Greek mythology, Prometheus, Twelve Olympians]

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Ancient And Medieval History Online

- "Chorus in Greek Theater." Encyclopedia of Ancient Literature, Second Edition. Facts On File, 2014. Ancient and Medieval History Online. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. A typical chorus is a group of singers usually performing with an orchestra, and is refer to by most people in modern day time as a choir. In Ancient Greek a chorus is usually consist of a group of men who would sang and danced. According to Facts On File “s Greek theater had its origins in religious liturgy, the chorus also sprang from associated ritual occasions and participated in both tragic and comic performances.” Greek theater can be compared the most to opera because of the characteristic that it holds....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Tragedy, Comedy]

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Marx 's Theory Of Socialism

- Marx communicates here every single central component of socialism. To start with, man produces in a joined, not aggressive way; he delivers soundly and in an unalienated way, which implies that he brings creation under his control, rather than being ruled by it as by some visually impaired force. This unmistakably avoids an idea of socialism in which man is controlled by an administration, regardless of the fact that this organization leads the entire state economy, as opposed to just a major partnership....   [tags: Capitalism, Marxism, Communism, Vladimir Lenin]

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The Problem Of Social Evolution

- Socrates, who lived from 470 to 399 B.C., is separated from us by nearly two and one half millennia. This means that he had not in common with our progressive age the automobile, the airplane, the television, the computer, the telephone (whether cellular or regular), video games, virtual reality, etc. Can we, then, “relate” to him. Is he in any way relevant to our lives and our problems. Can we possibly learn from him and benefit from his teaching. On the face of it, the answer is in the negative....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Democracy, Socratic method]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus, By Sophocles

- Oedipus, by Sophocles, was written around 441 B.C. Sophocles’ story is considered a Greek tragedy. Aeschylus is the person who coined the term, but “it was Sophocles who brought it to perfection” (Struck). Oedipus is one of the most famous classical dramas, and it is because of Aristotle the story reached that status. Aristotle stated his opinions in his book Poetics, which made it popular (Thorburne 384). In the story, Oedipus displays hubris when he defies the gods and runs away from his true fate which leads to his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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The Natural, By Kevin Baker

- Bernard Malamud emerged as a crucial and contemporary innovator of sports literature. Sports literature as defined by Kevin Baker’s introduction, are stories “drawing upon the natural drama of any sporting contest, and imparting life lessons freely along the way” (viii). Malamud’s debut novel The Natural, is a grim and “antiheroic tale” of a baseball player Roy Hobbs “whose ambitions and desires are constantly thwarted” (vii). Through his novel The Natural, Malamud emerges as a prestigious figure of sports literature through his combination of mythology and baseball, in order to create memorable works in this literary tradition....   [tags: Baseball, Bernard Malamud, The Natural, Novel]

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Similarities Between Greeks And Romans

- The Greeks and Romans both had famous leaders, achievements and reasons for decline. The Greeks and Romans are very different though they have similarities. Greece is covered with mountain ranges which led to the formation of isolated city-states. In Greek, married women stayed at home most of the time. They looked after the children and prepared food. Rome was settled by Latins - spot had mild climate and good farmland location. In Rome, women opinions were valued, but they didn’t have the right to vote....   [tags: Roman Empire, Ancient Rome, Roman Republic]

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The Golden Age Of Greece

- During the golden age of Greece as a whole, there was one leader of a city-state that produced his own golden age. Pericles was one of Athens most recalled rulers for his success. He sparked an age for the artistic and the thinkers of Athens. He was an open-minded leader which supported all of the arts and promoted the outside thinking of philosophy. He developed a system of democracy for his city-state to instill in which the majority gained a say in the government. Although not everyone believed Pericles was great....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Sparta, Classical Athens]

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Women Of Women And Women

- In Greek literature, women are commonly assigned traditional gender roles. They are forced, confined, and demoted under the relentless and debilitating categorization of submissive, melodramatic, and obedient. When their position in society is juxtaposed with the role of men, the overwhelming discrepancy in the ability to pursue happiness and rights between men and women are especially apparent. While women are often overlooked and considered weak by societal terms, men are regarded upon in the highest esteem and provided with power and authority correlated with their gender, which automatically qualifies them with the role of the dominant figure in society....   [tags: Gender role, Sociology, Gender, Marriage]

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Values in Pindar

- Values in Pindar Pindar was composing his poetry at the start of the fifth century B.C. at a similar time to Aeschylus, and as much as three centuries after the completion of Homer's works. The values he displays, however, do not seem to have developed since the time of Homer; Pindar's ethics are those of a shame-culture, and in this way thoroughly Homeric. They are aristocratic, favouring the strong, powerful ruler over the weak and dominated. Wealth and prosperity are praised, not frowned upon....   [tags: Papers]

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Sophocles vs Euripides

- Sophocles vs Euripides Sophocles’ and Euripides’ versions of Electra carry, among many similarities, a central theme of revenge. The characters, Electra and Orestes, must reunite to avenge their father’s murder. Misfortunately, in both versions the just solution leads the siblings to destroying their own mother. Both versions of Electra can be compared to Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers. However, they are both more dramatic, and more similar to each other than if each Electra was individually compared to the play by Aeschylus....   [tags: Papers]

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The History of Literature

- Literature is defined as writing or books that are influential and well-remembered. To me it is more than writing, its learning and discovering and entertainment. Literature has been an important part of culture since the Greeks and is constantly changing. If you try hard enough, I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll love to read. Greek literature is probably considered the earliest form of knowledgeable and truly devoted literature. It makes so much sense because Greece has long been hailed as the birthplace of learning and culture....   [tags: writing, books, culture, reading, Greeks]

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The History of Acting

- Have you ever seen a movie or play and thought to yourself “Man, that is so cool. I wonder what the past behind all these actors and plays are”. The history of acting and theater has evolved greatly since its creation, and has a long and in-depth past. The history of acting and theater is comprised of many components, including Greek/Roman Theater, Middle Ages Theater, European/Renaissance Theater, Elizabethan Theater, and Modern Theater. The history of acting started out in Ancient Greece and Rome, where its deepest roots come from....   [tags: Modern Theater, Middle ages]

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Athenian Democracy and Pericles

- The march towards developing a democratic society is often obstructed with societal unrest due to the influence of the status quo on the instruments of power. Before the rule of Solon, Athens underwent this same rule, as there was much discontent among the social classes in Athens. The society suffered financial disparity that often was the trigger for the war among the rich and poor in the society. This was a major factor that forced Solon into power to institute policies that would see a reformed Athens....   [tags: Pericles Essays]

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Suffering from Sleep Disorder

- ... • Often get told by other that you look tired. • React slowly. • Have trouble controlling your emotions. • Feel like you have to take a nap almost every day. • Require caffeinated beverages to keep you going. What is some symptom of sleep disorder. Some symptoms are: • Insomnia: is trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. This can be caused by a plethora of psychological and physical factors includes the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, waking up earlier than usual and daytime fatigue and delayed sleep-phase syndrome, hypnotic/stimulant-dependent sleep disorder, depression, and heavy smoking....   [tags: insomnia, narcolepsy, energy]

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The Virgin Suicides and the Writing Self

- The Virgin Suicides and the Writing Self   Usually our voice for telling a story is our own writing self.  A person that understands the situation at hand and speaks in a manner relevant to the situation.  We don't normally create a separate narrator to make our writing more interesting.  We simply write our thoughts and opinions to convey our ideas.  But Jeffery Eugenides writing the Virgin Suicides brought out a separate part of himself to narrate for him.  An entirely fabricated group to speak the story of the girls.  This helped both the writer and the reader in their reality separation.  We read it and feel totally immersed in the fiction of the novel.  Throughout it we ca...   [tags: Virgin Suicides Essays]

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The Role of Chorus in Euripides' Medea

- The Role of Chorus in Medea In section 18 of the Poetics Aristotle criticizes Euripides for not allowing "the chorus to be one of the actors and to be a part of the whole and to share in the dramatic action, . . . as in Sophocles." Aristotle may be thinking of the embolima of Euripides' later plays (satirized also by Aristophanes), but he is certainly wrong about the Medea. Its choral odes are not only all intimately related to the action but are also essential for the meaning of the play, particularly because here, as elsewhere (e.g....   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays]

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Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a tragic drama that portrays a great deal of irony. Oedipus, the protagonist, suffers serious misfortune that is significant in that the “misfortune is logically connected with the hero’s actions” (AbleMedia LLC). When the reader learns about the background of Greek culture and the life of Sophocles, this tragic drama is able to become more alive and valuable. It is important to familiarize oneself with the author because it allows for a greater connection to the dialogue presented....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6, 1806, in Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. She was the eldest of eleven children born of Edward and Mary Moulton-Barrett (DISCovering Authors). Her father was a “possessive and autocratic man loved by his children even though he rigidly controlled their lives” (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Although he forbid his daughters to marry, he always managed to encourage their scholarly pursuits (DISCovering Authors). Her mother, Mary Graham-Clarke, was a prosperous woman who earned their wealth from a sugar plantation in Jamaica (EXPLORING Poetry)....   [tags: Biography ]

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Ancient Greek Theater

- Have you ever just wanted to kill your parents. Perhaps they are not letting you order a seventh slice of cheese pizza at Chuck E. Cheese’s, or not letting you hang out with that dreamy hunk Bryan on Saturday. For Oedipus, killing his parents was not something petty he threatened when he got too worked up, but rather his fate. This suspenseful and masterful plot, conceived by the legendary playwright Sophocles, was one of the many groundbreaking works to come out of fifth century BC Greece. Works of ancient Greek theater, particularly Oedipus the King, embodied the spirit of innovation that fifth century BC Athens was known for....   [tags: Sophocles, Golden Age, Oedipus]

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Prometheus Bound

- Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound conveys the ambiguity of fate through its protagonist, Prometheus, and the abuse of his foresight. Despite being confined and tortured at the top of a mountain, Prometheus adamantly reassures himself that he will be set free. As Prometheus is in pain, he says it will be “smoothed quite away,” this prophesizes Zeus having to forcibly reconcile with Prometheus. This also proves Prometheus unrelenting in his efforts to face challenge. Zeus mistakes Prometheus’ intelligence for hubris, and this is why he plans to keep him shackled for eternity....   [tags: Mythology]

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Two Different Connecting Stories Told in "Middlesex"

- Through one perspective two different connecting stories are told in the novel Middlesex. One view can describe two stories that affect each other by describing one person’s reason of life. Eugenides employs a first person narration by Cal, the main character, on two stories affecting his life. Cal begins his narration about himself being Middlesex crossing over to a narration of his grandparent’s life fleeing from Greece. The narration of his grandparent’s life seems to some extent subjective....   [tags: Literature Review, argumentative, persuasive]

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Oedipus the King

- Man controls his fate by the choices that he makes. In being able to chose what his own actions are, fate is a result of his decisions. In Oedipus the King, the Greek writer, Sophocles, uses characterization and dramatic irony to project a theme throughout the play providing the idea that man is responsible for his own fate. Sophocles lived 90 years, revealing a plethora of amazing, prize-winning tragic Greek plays. Sophocles was born near Athens in 496 BC, in the town of Colonus. He received the first prize for tragic drama over Aeschylus at the play competition held in 468....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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- In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon there are many different opinions about what kind of king and commander Agamemnon was. Some argued that he was good, while others dispute that his motives were wrong. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, gained a strong hatred for him, after he sacrificed his own daughter so he could go to war. Many believe that this was not necessary and could have been overcome. The chorus seems to agree with this to an extent, and feels that Agamemnon could have prayed and requested that he not sacrifice his daughter....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Aeschylus was born in 525 B.C. and died in 466 B.C. He was the first of the three Athenian dramatists, the other two being Sophocles and Euripides. The first of Aeschylus’ plays were laid open in 499. He was established as the founder of tragedy, according to Aristotle. He diminished the importance of the chorus and introduced a second actor. Between the years of 484 and 458, he won awards at the festival in the City Dionysia. He wrote more than ninety plays, but only seven survive. The oldest of these is The Suppliant Maidens....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Agamemnon Agamemnon is the first play of Aeschylus’ trilogy, the Oresteia. Aeschylus was the first of Athens’ three great tragedians; the others: Sophocles; Euripides. The Oresteia was also the first Greek tragedy trilogy written. As Greeks of this epoch focused on humanist ideas, so did Aeschylus. He devoted his genius to serious contemplations of humanistic questions, such as the nature of justice. Other humanistic values are honor, truth, compassion, loyalty, devotion to family and gods. He credits much of his success to Homer’s epics....   [tags: Papers]

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Jonson's "To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us"

- Jonson's "To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us" Zeus, Apollo, Hermes, Shakespeare. Not often is the Bard included in a list of mythological gods. In fact, he is rarely thought of in connection with Greek and Roman mythology at all. Today, Shakespeare is hailed as one of the great playwrights of the English language, and is perhaps the most prominent, most studied of the English playwrights. But this was not the case in 1623, when Ben Jonson wrote his poem, “To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr....   [tags: Jonson Poem Shakespeare Eulogy Essays]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice - Prophecies in Oedipus, Antigone, and Agamemnon

- The Damning Prophecies in Oedipus, Antigone, and Agamemnon Oracles, seers, and prophets are used in Greek tragedy to provide foreshadowing for the audience and characters. The seers' wisdom is conveyed through the pronouncement of oracles or prophecies. They confer forecasts to principal characters that affect the characters' future. Although not always believed, and often endeavored to be foiled, seers, oracles, and prophets in Greek tragedies foretell events that greatly affect the lives of prominent characters....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Views of Plato and Abraham Lincoln on the Civil War

- Comparing the Views of Plato and Abraham Lincoln on the Civil War Lincoln believed that a system of government divided among itself was doomed for collapse; "a house divided cannot stand." This philosophy earliest roots are evident in Plato's masterpiece, The Republic. Socrates states that perfection, which he refers to as justice, in a governed body is harmony among all classes of people-"The rebellious part is by nature the whole of vice."1 In order for the United States to survive as a nation, the government had to remain Federal....   [tags: Comparison Compare Conatrast Essays]

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How does Shelley prepare us for the horror of Frankenstein’s creature?

- How does Shelley prepare us for the horror of Frankenstein’s creature. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818. Shelley (the wife of poet Percy Shelley) first got inspiration for her book in Geneva. There she stayed with her husband, Lord Byron and a few others. They were all challenged to write a ghost story during a hellish storm. Though she did write a story it was a forgettable on. The real inspiration came on June 22nd, the night before Shelley’s departure. The group discussed a subject from de Stael’s ‘De L’Allemagne’ where they considered whether the principle of life could be discovered and whether scientists could be discovered and whether scientists could galvanize a corpse of manu...   [tags: English Literature]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Villain, Tragic Hero, or Simply Ambitious ?

- Macbeth:  Villain, Tragic Hero, or Simply Ambitious .       The play MacBeth conforms to the definition of a tragedy: “A play in verse or in prose dealing with tragic events, usually ending in the downfall of the protagonist”1.  However, many sections of MacBeth do not describe a tragic hero, but merely a villain or a lord who is overly ambitious and pays the consequences for his actions.  MacBeth is a tragedy that challenges the very foundations of that genre, set by Aristotle and Plato in the third century B.C....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth does not Follow Aristotle's Standards for a Tragedy

- Macbeth does not Follow Aristotle's Standards for a Tragedy There have been many great tragic authors throughout history: Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles from ancient Greece; Corneille and Hugo from France; Grillparzer and Schiller from Germany; and Marlowe, Webster, and Shakespeare from England. From this long list of men, Shakespeare is the most commonly known. Many Shakespearean critics agree that Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are great tragedies. Many critics also claim that Macbeth is a tragedy, but if one follows Aristotle's standards for a tragedy, Macbeth would not be a tragedy To really determine if Macbeth is a tragedy according to Aristotle, one must first look at his guide...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Revenge and Vengeance in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Typical Revenge Tragedy

- Hamlet as a Typical Revenge Tragedy       Shakespeare’s Hamlet very closely follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in Elizabethan theater. All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William Shakespeare. The two most famous English revenge tragedies written in the Elizabethan era were Hamlet, written by Shakespeare and The Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]

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Comparing the Themes of Vincenzio Bellini’s Norma and Euripedes' Medea

- Comparing the Themes of Vincenzio Bellini’s Norma and Euripedes' Medea Vincenzio Bellini’s opera Norma is considered by many to be a reworking of Euripedes' classic Greek tragedy Medea. Both plots have many identical elements of Greek tragedy such as a chorus, unity of location, and a human decision and action culminating in tragedy. Richard Wagner greatly admired Greek tragedies, believing them to be “The highest point ever reached in human creative achievement…” (Wagner 1). In his essay Theories of Art, Wagner gives five reasons for this “artistic perfection:” 1....   [tags: Vincenzio Bellini Norma Euripedes Medea]

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A Pagan's Perspective in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

- A Pagan's Perspective in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale depicts a family torn apart as a result of the jealous actions of Leontes, the King of Sicilia. The actions and personality of Leontes can also be observed in Greek Tragedies by Homer and Sophocles. The relationship between the members of the royal family portray direct and subtle parallels to the Classical works before it. Louis Martz comments on the parallels between The Winter's Tale and Greek tragedies in his article: Shakespeare's Humanist Enterprise: The Winter's Tale....   [tags: Papers]

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Medea - Male And Female Perceptions Of The World

- Medea - Male And Female Perceptions Of The World Ask yourself this, Is this world biased against a particular gender. Do we mainly focus on women's issues or men's?' What would your answer be. I bet most of you would say no, we aren't biased at all. And, in many cases, that would be correct. But look at some of the other parts of the world where women aren?t allowed a say, they aren?t allowed to put their point of view forward even in our own society. They aren?t allowed to know information until the male passes it on to them....   [tags: Male Female Medea Essays Feminist Equal]

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Penelope, Clytaemestra, Athena, and Helen of Homer’s Odyssey

- The Ideal Women of Homer’s Odyssey      Ancient Greek society treated women as secondary citizens. Restrictions were placed on the social and domestic actions of many aristocratic women in ancient Athens.  The women depicted in Homer's Odyssey, on the other hand, are the ideal.  Penelope, Clytaemestra, Athena, and Helen are all women with exceptional liberty and power.              Before comparing the women of the Odyssey to those of Athens, it is beneficial to take a look into the lives of the latter.  A respected woman was to have characteristics including obedience, virtue, refinement, productivity, honor, beauty, talent and intelligence (social consciousness).  Sarah B....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Austin's Ditch: The Political Necessity and Impossibility of

- Austin's Ditch: The Political Necessity and Impossibility of "Non-Serious" Speech ABSTRACT: This essay seeks to show that there are political implications in Jacques Derrida’s critique of J.L. Austin’s notion of performative speech. If, as Derrida claims and Austin denies, performative utterances are necessarily "contaminated" by that which Austin refuses to consider (the speech of the poet and the actor in which literal force is never intended), then what are the implications for the speech acts of the state....   [tags: Austin Politics Essays]

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Analysis of Greek Tragedy Using the Aristotilean Model

- Greek tragedies, written in ancient times, are still a standard for tragedies written today. Contrary to diminishing in value over time, these tragedies have become cherished pieces of work in the sophisticated literate culture of today. However, one can not delve into these precious works of beautiful literary verse without first having background knowledge of the context they were written, and of the structure they follow. There are several terms, as well as an analysis of tragedies by Aristotle, a philosopher who experienced them firsthand....   [tags: World Literature]

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Attempting to Define Drama in Relation to Theatre

- Attempting to Define Drama in Relation to Theatre The question asked is 'what is drama?' Can we truly define it. Is there a 'textbook' definition of something that can be so personal. What is drama in relation to theatre. Why is drama so important. What are its uses, its aims. Some have said that drama develops self-esteem and encourages creativity and imagination. This is true, and will be demonstrated through examples from personal experiences....   [tags: Papers]

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The Relevance of Sophocles to Today’s World

- The Relevance of Sophocles to Today’s World A play is meant to entertain. A play that amuses the audience is considered a comedy, and a play that saddens is classified as a tragedy. Sophocles wrote tragedies about ordinary people and their interaction with fate. All of Sophocles’ major characters posses a heroic flaw. A heroic flaw is a trait that brings both good and bad events upon the character (Magill 3). Sophocles’ use of heroic flaws, the irony between a prophecy and a characters attempt to avoid it, his definition of what makes someone great, and his view of laws are the reasons why his plays are still read almost two thousand years after they were written....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Oedipus the King: Unrealistic or Realistic

- Oedipus Rex – Unrealistic or Realistic                Let’s explore the traces of realsim and its opposite in Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex.   The first obvious question is: How can this drama possibly be considered realistic since it relies so heavily on predetermination and fate in the life of the protagonist, Oedipus. As Jocasta recounts to Oedipus:   An oracle Once came to Laius (I will not say 'Twas from the Delphic god himself, but from His ministers) declaring he was doomed To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Author as Creator in Frankenstein

- The Author as Creator in Frankenstein         Mary Shelley's Frankenstein can be read as an allegory for the creative act of authorship. Victor Frankenstein, the 'modern Prometheus' seeks to attain the knowledge of the Gods, to enter the sphere of the creator rather than the created. Like the Author, too, he apes the ultimate creative act; he transgresses in trying to move into the feminine arena of childbirth.   Myths of divine creation are themselves part of the historical process that seeks to de-throne the feminine; this is the history of Art, itself at first denied to women as an outlet of self-expression....   [tags: Frankenstein essays]

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A Close Reading of Euripides' Medea

- A Close Reading of Medea Medea's first public statement, a sort of "protest speech," is one of the best parts of the play and demonstrates a complex, at times even contradictory, representation of gender. Medea's calm and reasoning tone, especially after her following out bursts of despair and hatred, provides the first display of her ability to gather herself together in the middle of crisis and pursue her hidden agenda with a great determination. This split in her personality is to a certain degree gender bias....   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays]

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Satanic-Promethean Ideals

- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Satanic-Promethean Ideals       Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a novel in conscious dialogue with canonical classics and contemporary works. It contains references to Coleridge, Wordsworth, and P. B. Shelley, but also to Cervantes and Milton. It is the latter's Paradise Lost which informs the themes and structure of the novel more than any other source. Like many of her contemporaries, Mary Shelley draws parallels between Milton's Satan and the Titan Prometheus of Greek myth....   [tags: Frankenstein essays]

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Greek Theater in 5th Century BCE

- Greek Theatre in 5th Century BCE The Ancient Greeks, probably one of the most fascinating civilizations to study contributed several discoveries and technological advancements. One can not discuss the Greeks without discussing Greek Theatre though. Greek Theater paved the way for literature and art in later history in many ways. If it wasn’t for Greek Theatre famous play writers like Shakespeare would have never done what they are so very well known for. When studying Greek Theatre it is virtually impossible not to hear about it in the 5th Century BCE, and that is because the 5th Century BCE was rather exciting when it came to Greek Theatre....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Trojan Women by Michael Cacoyannis

- Desperate Trojan Housewives: Some Reflections on The Trojan Women, A Film by Michael Cacoyannis. I am exploring some aspects of the film of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, directed by Michael Caccayannis, based on the poetic translation by Edith Hamilton and starring Katherine Hepburn as the tragic hero Hecuba, queen of Troy. I would like to explore an essentially Jungian theory of what loss means, and whether there can be so much suffering, that it overwhelms the personality. In Jung’s view, which is essentially the view held by most spiritual disciplines, it is only through suffering that we become fully human....   [tags: Film Cinema Movies Euripides Caccayannis]

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The Category of the Individual

- The Category of the Individual In The Order of Things, Michel Foucault argues that there is a "pure experience of order and its modes of being" (Foucault xxi), that order exists and that it is necessary. Foucault is concerned with language because it is a mode by which we maintain order in the world, and according to his argument, what we should fear are heterotopias, which "undermine language," "make it impossible to name this and that," "shatter or tangle common names," and "destroy 'syntax' in advance" (Foucault xviii)....   [tags: Sociology Sociological Papers]

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- Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c.497 B.C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. When he reached adulthood he was already established as a great tragic playwright, and the citizens of Athens loved him. He was nicknamed Attic-bee by the Athenians because he could take pure honey from words. Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c. 497 B.C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. Sophocles had a good childhood. Sophocles, at age sixteen, led a boy's chorus for the victory celebration over defeat of the Persians at Salamis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

- Shortage of Books ”I’ve always said poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feelings, poetry and sickness; all that mush!” exclaimed Mrs. Bowles to Montag in Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 (103). Mrs. Bowles thinks written words can make an individual really gloomy and disconsolate. Because the goal of this society is to always be satisfied, and to stay satisfied people watch TV, made up stories, which never makes them think or wonder, that is why Mrs. Bowles is convinced that poems are nasty....   [tags: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451]

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Staging of a Tragic Drama

- “Staging of A Tragic Drama” Much of our knowledge of Greek theater comes from archaeological studies and historical writings of the time. By the 600s B.C., the Greeks were giving choral performances of dancing and singing at festivals. Tradegies were performed as part of an important yearly religious celebration. Greeks then later staged performances in the Theater of Dionysus. Ancient Greek theaters were outdoors, that seated thousands of spectators for annual contests in acting, choral singing, and writing comedy and tradegy....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Oresteia and The Republic

- Comparing Oresteia and The Republic The tragic poet Aeschylus, and the philosopher Plato have arguably written two of the most influencing works ever in western history. The Oresteia, and The Republic each respectively depicts its individual accounts of how justice came to exist in human society. In the ancient In the famous dialogs of Socrates, The Republic attempts to analyze society rationally and change the state so that individuals could attain the Socratic goal of moral excellence. For Socrates, the just state could not be founded on tradition because tradition was not based on rational thinking, nor on the doctrine of power and strength being right....   [tags: Papers]

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The People vs. Orestes

- The People v. Orestes In the last portion of 'The Orestia';, titled 'The Euminides';, Aeschlyus describes the trial of Orestes, who is brought in front of a jury on the charge of matricide. The jury hands in a tied verdict and the goddess Athena casts the deciding vote in favor of Orestes. This of course begs the question: Was Athena's decision fair. I believe that this decision was in the best interest of fairness because Orestes was motivated by Apollo, enraged by the murder of his father, and aggrieved by the vicious cycle of antisocial behavior that was running rampant in his family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Thomas Hardy's Tragic Stories

- Thomas Hardy's Tragic Stories For centuries, various writers have endeavored to encapsulate the constituents of tragedy, and create works of literature that adhere to their understanding of an ostensibly universal system of tragic structure, tragic plot, and tragic theme. Nevertheless, the etymology of the word, "tragedy," proves to be as elusive and arcane as the tragic construct is seemingly concrete and unequivocal; indeed, the word, "tragedy," can be traced to the Greek word, "tragoidia," which literally means, "goat-song." We do not know whether actors in the Choral Odes read their lines clad in goatskins, or if goats were bestowed as prizes; we do know, however, that Aristotle recon...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Fate of Prometheus

- The Fate of Prometheus “Ah me, alas, pain, pain ever, forever. / No change, no pause, no hope. – Yet I endure” (I, 23-24) – such are the words of Prometheus, when in desperation and overwhelmed by emotion, his thoughts dissolve in sheer agony and turn to himself, away from the Mighty God whose “ill tyranny” has nailed him to the “eagle-baffling mountain” (I, 19-20). In his essay, Prometheus: The Romantic Revolutionary, Northrop Frye observes that “pain is the condition which keeps Prometheus conscious” (96), because in reflection, he is confronted with himself, and his sense of self and being....   [tags: Prometheus]

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