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A History of Tragedies

- Where did tragedy originate, and who decided that killing the main characters of a play was best way to communicate his plot. Tragedy was invented by the Greeks long ago. In the fourth year of the sixty-third Olympiad, or 525 B.C., the first great tragic playwright was born (“Aeschylus”). The playwright's name was Aeschylus, son of Euphorion ("Aeschylus"), and he wrote about ninety plays, though the number is uncertain, seven of which have withstood the tests of time (Kopff). His works have been incredible to the point that he earned the title "Father of Tragedy" (Kopff)....   [tags: Aeschylus, death of the main character]

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The Tragedies of War

- Regardless of how advanced society may become the savage and primordial ways of war always generates the same tragedies. There have been many ways that people have tried to bring this issue to the attention of the public. They used things such as the media, stories and films to show the brutality of war. Wolfgang Petersen used his power as a director to illustrate his disapproval for war. Although upfront the film may seem like it is purely for entertainment, if one were to take a closer look it really exhibits the cruelty of war and not just of the Trojan war but of all wars....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Tragedies in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh

- The world set the spotlight on Bangladesh and strongly questioned the integrity of the garment industry after one of the country’s most shocking tragedies on April 24. The Rana Plaza Collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh killed 1,129 locals and left over 2000 injured. The garment industry is one of the largest successful industries around the world. As this industry copes with the demands of the West, it receives several implications and many negative comments from the public. Although, who are to blame for all the tragedies that has taken place in this industry....   [tags: Rana Plaza Collapse in Dhaka]

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Satire in the Tragedies of Euripides

- The world of Euripides' tragedies was one that espoused ancient ideas of religion. The belief in ancient legends that formed subject material for the tragic drama had passed. The crowd that attended the theater at this time did so as a sort of religious celebration. It was under these circumstances that Euripides had to bury what might have been his true beliefs, and instead replace them with ideas that would relate to his audience. This did not mean that Euripides had to forgo his beliefs entirely....   [tags: Ancient Beliefs, Human Nature]

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The Tragedies of Hamlet and King Lear

- Both 'King Lear' and 'Hamlet' can be described as a tragedy because Shakespeare used Aristotle’s definition of tragedy to construct these plays. In a tragedy the main character suffers as a result of their fatal flaw. King Lear fits Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle stated a tragedy must be a play where the hero suffers as a result of their fatal flaw, has overbearing pride or presumption, has a dramatic episode of emotions, realises there mistakes but it is too late. King Lear proposes to retire from the cares of his kingdom which is of significant importance....   [tags: Tragedy, Shakespeare]

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Thematic Antithesis in Greek Tragedies

- Thematic Antithesis in Greek Tragedies The binary oppositions in Euripides plays, Medea and Bacchae, emphasize the structural techniques seen throughout both of the plays works are “[described as] a pair of theoretical opposites or thematic contrasts” (Marvin 1). The themes are highly symmetrical throughout and typical of the structure of Greek tragedies. Euripides use of thematic antithesis gives greater irony within Greek plays. The gender roles of female and male challenge the traditional stereotypical roles as observed in Greek society, and when those roles are crossed or blurred, the rational becomes irrational and the order of civilized Greek society itself falls into disorder....   [tags: Medea, Bacchae, Gnder Roles, Greek Society]

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Medea: A Tale of Tragedies

- Medea; a tale of tragedies Medea is the tale of a forbidden love that ends in dismay. Euripides, who was a playwright born in 485 BC in ancient Greece wrote this aforementioned play, which was one of the greatest tragedies of all time. Medea tells the story of a barbarian princess who travels to Greece with her true love, Jason. When they arrive in Athens Medea sickeningly tricks Jason’s political rival Pelias own children into brutally killing him. The people in Athens are unaccustomed to her vicious ways, and are astonished at her behavior in civilization....   [tags: careless crime, euripides, instinct]

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Tragedies Influence Poe's Works

- Introduced by tragedies early in his life, Edgar Allan Poe became one of the most successful writers, poets, and storytellers to ever live. Edgar Allan Poe had the intelligence to do anything he wanted to do, however, the pain of losing his loved ones always seemed to drive him towards a pen and paper. His emotions never failed to show through his writings, which helped the story line touch the readers. Poe became very close to several different women but each would die shortly after he came to love them....   [tags: puttingl life experiences in his literary work]

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Macbeth and Hamlet Tragedies

- ... A sharp contrast between the two is that: Macbeth is not an honorable person, due to the fact that he slaughters many for pointless and superstitious motives, while Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death. In my opinion, that would be an honorable reason for Hamlet to murder his uncle. Another thing both plays have in common is that, throughout the unraveling of the story, they both start with something mystical, supernatural to influence them; moreover, they both end in blood and death. In Hamlet, the ghost of his father appears to him and Hamlet promises to avenge his death: “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift....   [tags: Shakespeare plays analysis]

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Shakespeare's Tragedies

- “To be, or not to be: that is the question:/ Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune/ Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,/ And by opposing end them?” (Hamlet, III, i, 58-62). William Shakespeare penned these powerful words relating suicide and suffering. These themes are dark and somber, but the speech remains one of the most recognizable soliloquies in theatrical work. To be able to compose such compelling monologue, the great playwright experienced crises....   [tags: Character Analysis, Suicide, Jealousy]

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The Tragedies Of Shakespeare

- The Tragedies Of Shakespeare "Your noble son is mad — ‘Mad' call I it, for to define true madness, What is't but to be nothing else but mad?" (Wells and Taylor, 665) In Act two, scene two of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Polonius uses these words to inform Hamlet's parents of their son's insanity. He then continues on, telling Gertrude and Claudius that the cause of this madness is lovesickness over his own daughter Ophelia (665). From the privileged perspective of the audience, we know that Polonius is mistaken and that Hamlet is far from insane, but rather, "playing mad" for a purpose of his own....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Popularity of Tragedies

- Tragedy is one of many very popular types of literature for many years. There were numerous discussions, about whether tragedy is good or bad. Philosophers feel that using the emotional instead of intellect approach is bad. The popular culture also has negative feelings toward tragedy, because optimistic thoughts are more acceptable. However, tragedy may also be healthy. Emotions are natural for every human being; in some situations emotions can help enable the individual to perceive things in another way....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Sophocles' Great Tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone

- Sophocles, one the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, composed two Greek tragedies that have survived to today. Oedipus the King and Antigone are Sophocles’ most well-known dramas. These two plays emphasize the catastrophic events that take place following a series of incidents and decisions. Throughout the two plays the audience is continuously uncovering details that will eventually lead to the downfall of the main characters. By comparing the two plays, one can identify similar aspects of the plays that would eventually lead to the characters downfalls....   [tags: intentions, defiance, fate]

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The Role of Women in Shakespeare's Tragedies

- The Role of Women in Shakespeare's Tragedies In Shakespeare’s tragedies and his plays in general, we can come across several types of female characters. Their influence with other characters and their purpose or role, often underestimated like women themselves, will be this essay’s main subject. Women in Shakespearean plays have always had important roles, sometimes even the leading role. Whether they create the main conflicts and base of the plays, or bring up interesting moral and cultural questions, they have always been put in challenging situations....   [tags: Tragedy Plays Shakespeare Women Essays]

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Greek Tragedies in a Modern World

- Greek Tragedies in a Modern World *Works Cited Not Included From the times of Aristotle to modern day Boal people have tried to come up with a definition of tragedy that encompasses all of the works they feel to be tragedies. However, there are always a few exceptions to their rules that make their thesis insubstantial. Those who define tragedies all have different elements that they say are necessary in classifying something as a tragedy. Unfortunately for us, no one definition has ever been settled upon that everyone agrees with....   [tags: Papers]

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MLA Literary Essay: Who is Responsible for the Tragedies in Hamlet

- In life everyone has responsibilities, and these can either lead to great or not so great things happening. When people make selfish or wrong decisions it can lead to tragic events occurring. In the Shakespearian play of Hamlet tragedies are a constant occurrence. All of the tragedies take place as a consequence of Claudius’ choices. Claudius is more responsible than Hamlet for the tragedies in the play. He is more responsible for a few main reasons. The murder of King Hamlet, his frantic actions, and the manipulation of Laertes are all contributions to the tragic events in Hamlet....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, play]

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Revenge Tragedies: The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd

- Elizabethan Revenge The Book of Exodus in the Holy Bible states that everyone should “give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot”(NLT 21:23) in order for the world to be a fair place, and also so that everyone is punished properly for their wrongdoings. In the Elizabethan era, revenge is an extremely prevalent endeavor. It is almost as though they closely follow what the bible says about punishment and revenge in the Elizabethan theatre because specific incidents in revenge plays are nothing less than “eye for an eye”....   [tags: elizabethan revenge, bible, greeks]

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Alexander Hamilton: Triumph and Tragedies

- Alexander Hamilton:Triumphs and Tragedies To die a tragic death by the hand of another man- to carve ones way through destiny and shape one's future from the humblest of beginnings- to forge a legacy by a medium only those heralded as our countries "Forefathers" have per chanced to meddle with- these are the makings and the foundations for which great men and the dreams of our country rely upon. Everyone has heard the name Alexander Hamilton, but few are familiar with his views and actions regarding the survival of the young American republic....   [tags: Alexander Hamilton American Revolution Essays]

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Differences in the Tragedies of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

- ... This quote shows that his main goal is to try and resolve the conflict through words and not violent actions, which is how he acts for the entirety of the play. He seeks to end the conflict in Verona. His trustful nature allows the Prince to believe him without question. In response to Benvolio’s peaceful nature, Tybalt is short-tempered and has an aggressive personality. Tybalt dismisses Benvolio's statement of peace, saying, "What, drawn and talk of peace?  I hate the word/ As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee" (Romeo and Juliet I.i.71-72)....   [tags: hero, foil, flaw]

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The Ukrainian Genocide: The Worst Tragedies in Ukranian History

- Out of all the genocides that occurred during the 1900’s, only one possessed the most fatal outcome. Compared to the six million deaths in the Holocaust, this genocide had between two million to ten million people. The Ukrainian genocide proved to be the one of the worst tragedies in Ukrainian history. The Soviet Union was responsible for this genocide; specifically Joseph Stalin, who was very opposed to Ukrainian nationalism. He came into power after the fall of the Russian Empire and after Vladimir Lenin gained power but died a year later....   [tags: fatal outcome, holocaust, deaths]

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Lowering the Drinking Age Would Reduce Tragedies and Secrets

- ... Since it is illegal to drink under the age of 21 people who do, do it in secret and leave it unmonitored by other adults. This is especially popular among college students. According to the American Journal of Public Health, published by Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), College students are more likely to participate in heavy drinking then those who are not in college. “2 in 5 [college] students nationally engaging in binge drinking on at least 1 occasion in the past 2 weeks.” Regardless of their age people will still drink....   [tags: persuasive speech outline, ]

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Should Rape Victims Be Held Responsible For Their Tragedies?

- Venessa Kiyoko Bento Professor Shawn Thomson AP/MODR 1730 Tuesday, August 05, 2014 To what degree should rape victims be held responsible for their tragedies. The topic of rape has become one of society’s most controversial moral issues due to the endless debate of who should take more responsibility – men or women (offender or victim). Although it seems that men and women are both capable of committing this ugly action, majority of the victims have been women, which turns this social issue into more of a gender inequality debate as opposed to simply a moral conflict....   [tags: Rape, Abuse, Sexual assault, Sexual intercourse]

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Ancient Greek Tragedies: Passion vs. Prudence

- Greek tragedies often teach readers several valuable lessons, one of which is the catastrophe caused by acting on emotions. Both Oedipus and Antigone experience this as a result of their rash behavior. Even Creon ends up miserable in Antigone due to the change in his behavior. By acting on their emotions, these characters all experience tragic downfalls, while others, such as Ismene and Creon during Oedipus Rex, remain safe due to their prudence and indications of wisdom. Due to the actions she took based on her emotions, Antigone suffered a far worse fate than Ismene....   [tags: catastrophe, emotions, prophecy]

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Sophocles' Tragedies

- Sophocles' Tragedies Although Sophocles' epic story of the life of King Oedipus is widely considered a great dramatic tragedy, the last of the three plays, Antigone, deviates from the first two stories. In Sophocles' other two plays, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus, we see the misfortunes and then redemption of Oedipus. He is a king who unwillingly and unknowingly breaks the law of the land and the law of civilized humanity by killing his father and marrying his mother, then punishing himself for his actions....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeaerian Tragedies: The Link to Aristotle's Ideas

- Shakespeaerian Tragedies: The Link to Aristotle's Ideas The central concern of tragedy has always been to explore the nature of evil in the world; both its existence and the nature of particular types of evil and their effect. If we are to find the meaning of Shakespeare's tragedies, we must examine how men looked at the problem of evil in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries....   [tags: Papers]

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Hamlet and Macbeth Analyzed as Aristotelian Tragedies

- Aristotle’s Poetics is considered the guide to a well written tragedy; his methods have been used for centuries. Aristotle defines a tragedy as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude… in the form of an action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions” (House, 82). The philosopher believes the plot to be the most vital aspect of a tragedy, thus all other parts such as character, diction, and thought stem from the plot....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Miracles and Tragedies with Stem Cell Treatment

- Miracles and Tragedies with Stem Cell Treatment Abstract: This research paper will discuss about some life impacting cases from various sicknesses using stem cell treatments. It will cover a case in which have given people another chance to live a normal life. In one of the cases, the stem cell treatment has been able to cure a fatal genetic disease called RDEB for two young brothers. The second will show that after autologous stem cell transplantation a woman had died two days after. A stem cell is a cell that can go on to become, basically, a different cell....   [tags: Medicine Stem Cells]

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Similarities Connecting Two Tragedies: The Fundamentals of Human Nature and the Evolvement of Culture

- June 8, 2010 The multiple similarities between the two tragedy’s “Oedipus the King” and “Death of a Salesman” surpass the differences and reveal the significance of dramatic tragedy throughout the ages. The creative, innovation of Greek tragedy continues to provide generations with a platform in which they can modify and ultimately provide relevancy to their culture. Upon analysis of these two dramatic tragedies, one can observe the distinct similarities regarding the basics of human nature. This evidence confirms the credibility of the age old saying “the more things change the more they stay the same”....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Moving Past Triumphs and Tragedies in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

- ... “Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff” (Hemingway 94). The death of the marlin has great impact on Santiago because the old man has grown to care for the fish. Although the fish passing away is a tragedy, Santiago triumphs in spite of his loss of the marlin....   [tags: courage, devotion, strength]

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Tragedies of the Holocaust

- In Nazi occupied Europe, concentration camps were springing up everywhere. One in particular that started small would soon rise from the bottom to become one of the biggest camps during World War II. It would be liable for the death of thousands. Forever it will be a model of what hatred and judgment can become if permitted to rule over all. Our past becomes a lesson for humanity to learn from. The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, although tragic, can be looked at as a stepping stone of our maturing society....   [tags: Jewish genocide, concentration camps]

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Death of a Salesman and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies

- Death of a Salesman and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies     This essay deals with Arthur Miller, and his uniqueness as a tragic playwright. The research question that this paper attempted to answer was, why were Miller's plays different from many other tragedies. Two of Arthur Miller's tragedies were used in this essay, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. The thesis of this essay is, Arthur Miller deviates from the standard perception of tragedy in his plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons because unlike other tragedies, they are optimistic in that the main character causes the tragedy for what they perceive to be the greater good....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman

- Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman The tragedies Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman have strikingly different plots and characters; however, each play shares common elements in its resolution. The events in the plays’ closings derive from a tragic flaw possessed by the protagonist in each play. The downfall of each protagonist is caused by his inability to effectively cope with his tragic flaw. The various similarities in the closing of each play include elements of the plot, the reflection of other characters on the misfortune of the tragic hero, and expression of important themes through the dialogue of the characters....   [tags: compare contrast compare/contrast]

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Essay on Order and Superstition in the Tragedies of William Shakespeare

- Order and Superstition in the Tragedies of Shakespeare     The concept of order was an extremely important one to William Shakespeare, and to Elizabethans in general. We in the existentialist atomic age have little trouble conceiving of an individual man or woman as the only beacon of light in a world gone irrevocably and irredeemably mad, but this would be inconceivable to Shakespeare and his audience. Shakespeare staunchly followed the common Elizabethan conception of the universe as deliberately and benevolently patterned and planned; when, for some reason, something happened to temporarily force things out of kilter, individual people might suffer, but the universe would soon right it...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Creon in In Sophocles' Tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone

- In Sophocles’ tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone Creon’s character experiences great change throughout his life. Creon goes from being a respectable, honorable man with good judgment, to a disrespectable, dishonorable, king. The first impression of the younger Creon is he very religious. He is also obedient to his friend & king Oedipus. Also when Creon is younger he takes advice from people. Creon in Antigone will not listen to anyone’s advice or leadership. He becomes so conceited he makes a law against the gods....   [tags: essays research papers]

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In Wilfred Owne's Poem, Dulce et Decorum Est, He Attempts to Enlighten the Public to the Tragedies of War

- ... “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags” (line 2) further emphasizes how physically exhausted the soldiers are – to the point to where it is challenging to walk. The phrase “Men marched asleep.” (line 5) is almost comparing the men to zombies by showing how demoralized they were and that the men had accepted that they would probably die in this war. The author uses the word “blood-shod” (line 6) to describe the soldier’s boots; this indicates that the men have been on their feet for days and were literally wearing their own blood as shoes....   [tags: soldiers, sarcasm, death]

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Black And White: The Reason Why Gun Control Debate Fails

- Gun control has been being a controversial topic for many years that people try to discuss about it. This issue has become more serious because of many recent tragedies have been happened in the US, and the main reason of those tragedies is lack of control. For example, tragedies in Newtown or Colorado, which everybody has known, took away many lives of innocent children and adults. That is why American citizens think that guns are dangerous and should be banned. However, there are some problem of banning guns brings more negatives than maintaining the status quo....   [tags: criminal culture, tragedies, protection]

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Vengeance and Dramatic Conflict in Electra and Orestes

- Introduction:- Since Sophocles and Euripides’s tragedies Electra and Orestes got so much success, name and received great critical acclaim they have been extensively approached and discussed in terms of characterization, themes, symbols, plot, incestuous love, demolition, betrayal and especially lamentation. For instance, Vengeance is the soul of the both plays and it is largely discussed as major themes of the play. But its connection with the tragedy of characters is far away better to be discussed....   [tags: Sophocles and Euripides Greek tragedies]

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: President Obama´s Speech

- According to Blitzer’s Rhetorical Situation the main components in a speech are looking for a fitting response, an audience that’s listening, constraints and a rhetorical response. (Bitzer, 1968) The speech that I used to illustrate what Bitzer’s rhetorical situation was the speech President Obama gave about the shooting that took place in Connecticut, at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. The school shooting took place on December 14th, 2012. A twenty-year-old man by the name of Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty-six people then killed himself; Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults....   [tags: prevent tragedies, parent, future]

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Human Will and the Power of the Gods: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- ... Following this logic, Oedipus can be harmed by Tiresias because he does not the truth of what he is done, and therefore he cannot see the sunlight. The interaction developed here serves to reinforce the conflict between the power of man and free will against the power and determination of the gods. As Oedipus works to discredit Tiresias, he plays on the blind seer’s inability to solve the riddle presented by the Sphinx. Oedipus claims, “Her riddle wasn’t the sort just anyone who happened could solve: prophetic skill was needed....   [tags: ancient greece, gratest tragedies]

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The Exceptional Individual in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare had many tragedies that he was well known for. What set Romeo and Juliet apart, there was not a clear individual who stood out, both characters gullible and in a since childlike. Juliet was in the crossroads of her life, she was changing from a girl to a young woman. Romeo is considered to be easily distracted, he is also known for his emotional outpouring. His immoral personal history with the murders and thoughtless actions causes us to realize in truth Romeo wasn't as innocent as his true love Juliet....   [tags: love, sexuality, the tragedies]

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The Start of Evil: Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- The Start of Evil Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1600 century. It is one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies, and continues to be studied to this day. It is a dark and gloomy play, as the main character, Macbeth, gets a taste for evil and kills the king of Scotland, King Duncan, in order to become king himself. After this moment there is a rapid increase of evil in him, as he starts to kill more and more people who upset him or are a threat to the throne. One of the play’s most important scenes is when Macbeth murders King Duncan, this scene is essential to the remainder of the play and how it unfolds....   [tags: duncan, crime, tragedies]

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The Struggles of Life in Literature: Shakespeare, Guest, Chbosky

- Losing one’s life is clearly a terrible thing, but there is something worse than that; losing faith, happiness, and optimism while still living. When tragedies come into people’s lives it tests their strength and ability to cope with pain. When this occurs, life can change in many ways for the better or for the worse. In some cases it leads to self-destruction, which accompanied by misery that can lead to consequent death. Many popular writers like William Shakespeare, Judith Guest, and Stephen Chbosky created characters who lost their happiness due to disasters that take place....   [tags: tragedies, loosing faith, happiness]

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Analysis of the Similarities between François Duvalier and Macbeth

- “Macbeth”, one of William Shakespeare’s most emotional and powerful tragedies, revolves around Macbeth’s betrayal, power, and murder. Although admired as a fierce warrior at first, Macbeth, dictator of 11th century Scotland, reigns maliciously, resulting in an uprising of the commoners under the command of Malcolm, the rightful King of Scotland. Macbeth betrays the trust King Duncan awards him and while the he is vulnerable, Macbeth murders the king in his sleep. Upon murdering Duncan, Macbeth’s sanity slips and the mad king proceeds to murder innocent people, including his best friend, Banquo, under the pretext of securing his rule....   [tags: Haitian dictator, Shakespearan tragedies]

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William Shakespeare´s Creative Plays and Poems

- William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. At seven years old he started school and attended Stratford grammar school. http://literarygenius.info/william-shakespeare-born.htm Age fourteen; Shakespeare left school and formal education. http://www.william-shakespeare.ino/william-shakespeare-biography-childhood-and-education.htm Four years later Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in his hometown. In a short six months their first child Susanna was born. She was baptized on May 26th in Stratford parish church....   [tags: comedies, tragedies, histories]

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Terrorist Attach and The USA Patriot Act

- In 2001, the United States fell victim to a multitude of tragedies. The most unforgettable, of course, being the terrorist attack on September 11th. Following the threat, Congress knew something had to be done to strengthen security controls. On October 23, 2001, Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican Representative, introduced provisions to a previously sponsored House bill. By the next day, the act passed in the House with a vote ratio of three hundred and fifty-seven to sixty-six. The following day, the Senate took a vote on the bill, passing it by ninety-eight to one....   [tags: september 11th, tragedies]

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The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

- The life of Edgar Allan Poe, was stuffed with tragedies that all affected his art. From the very start of his writing career, he adored writing poems for the ladies in his life. When he reached adulthood and came to the realization of how harsh life could be, his writing grew to be darker and more disturbing, possibly as a result of his intense experimenting with opium and alcohol. His stories continue to be some of the most frightening stories ever composed, because of this, some have considered this to be the reason behind these themes....   [tags: biography, writing poems, tragedies]

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Comparing Othello and Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King and Othello are both plays in which are known for their dramatic tragedies. Oedipus the King is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed in 429 BC. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, which was written in approximately 1603. These two plays do a profound job at making sure the audience understands the background of the main characters, however, there are minor characters who are just as important. Emilia, Othello’s wife, and Jocasta, Oedipus’s mother and wife, both aid in the understanding of the major characters throughout these plays....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, tragedies]

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Gun Laws and Conspiracy Theorists

- Over the past five years Americans have seen many horrific tragedies related to gun violence. Each of these terrible events has been accompanied with scrutinizing media coverage, and subsequently, a push on government level for increased gun control. On the surface these movements to take away guns from Americans may seem justified because of these events. In reality the federal government is encroaching upon our Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. Conspiracy theorists have been around for thousands of years....   [tags: Legal Issues, Tragedies, Violence]

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The Effects of Natural Disasters

- ... One of the most recognized natural disasters is “The Yellow River Flood”. The Yellow River Flood is known as the most vigorous, and by far the worst flood in human history. It has also been ranked to be the second deadliest natural disaster to ever occur. This unfortunate event occurred in September of 1887, when the Yellow River over-ran the dikes in China's Henan Province. The flood destroyed 11 large Chinese towns along with hundreds of villages, leaving millions homeless. The flood covered an extensive widespread of 50,000 square miles, unfortunately killing approximately 900,000 to 2,000,000 people....   [tags: danger, tragedies, damage]

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The Dollhouse by Henrik Ibsen

- Ethical and moral issues abound with the lines of Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Dollhouse, revealing the tragedies and rebirths of two key players and the spiritual destruction of a third. Within the turn of events covering a mere two or three days observers are shown the harsh reality of society in 1879 Europe and the inequality of treatment of both women (wives, in particular) and children considered possessions and not viewed as people. Deceitful wife (a phoenix in the end), narcissistic husband (considered his wife and children as property), lustful (howbeit dying friend), gold-digger friend (who married for money), and a fearful blackmailer (having a past that haunted him) each in his or he...   [tags: ethical and moral issues, tragedies]

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The Eumenides versus the Bacchae

- The conflict between the rational and the irrational is present in every person or situation. In Greek tragedies, this conflict is constantly present within the characters’ actions and decisions. Usually, there is always one character that will act rationally compared to the others and would try to fix the conflict. Both The Eumenides and The Bacchae depict the conflict between the rational and the irrational, yet the act and solution are presented differently. Whereas The Eumenides portrays it through killing the family by committing matricide and homicide, The Bacchae portrays it through killing the family by committing unconscious homicide driven by the desire of the forbidden....   [tags: conflict in Greek tragedies]

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Robert Frost Home Burial - The Three Tragedies of Home Burial

- The Three Tragedies of Home Burial         Robert Frost’s "Home Burial" is a narrative poem that speaks of life’s tragedies. The theme of "Home Burial” centers around the death of a child. During the time period in which the poem is set, society dictated that men did not show their feelings. Therefore, men dealt with conflicts by working hard and being domineering. "Home Burial" demonstrates how one tragedy can cause another to occur. The unnamed couple in this poem has lost a baby to death....   [tags: Home Burial Essays]

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Tragedies While Climbing Mount Everest Are Caused by Human Error

- Tragedies While Climbing Mount Everest Are Caused by Human Error Especially in terrible weather, every second counts while nearing the top of Mount Everest on an expedition. A step in the wrong place or a rope hooked to the wrong crag may send a climber falling thousands of feet into a deep crevasse. Turning an oxygen level the wrong way may leave the air non-breathable to a climber after a few short minutes. These errors happen every season on Everest, no matter what the conditions are. Whether errors in judgement or just simple mistakes, accidents on Mount Everest are caused by human error....   [tags: Mountain climbing Argumentative Essays]

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How far do you agree with the view that the tragedies in ‘Ethan Frome’ and ‘A View from the Bridge’ are brought about by individual characters rather

- Within A View from the Bridge and Ethan Frome the main protagonists are tragic figures. The origin of a tragedy comes from Greece, where the basis of the idea was a drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or extreme circumstance; this usually resulted in either disaster or death. As is true to most Greek tragedies the ending of the shown before the downfall itself. Most victims of tragedy were written to be of a high stature such as royalty, yet both Ethan Frome and Eddie Carbone were ordinary men who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Catherine Ann Porter

- In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, Catherine Ann Porter shares the story of an eighty year old woman who has lived a long life filled with personal triumphs and tragedies. Having been left at the altar by the love of her life at a young age, Ellen “Granny” Weatherall, whose name appropriately represents her character, learned to put up walls of protection around herself and her family early in life lest she fall to the same hurt once again. These protective measures and the mindset that seems to come along with said measures contribute to Granny’s bold and abrasive personality which is displayed quite often throughout the story....   [tags: personal triumjphs, tragedies, foolish virgin]

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The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Tragedies

- The chorus’s perspective of justice works differently in Euripides’ Medea and Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers. In both The Libation Bearers and Medea, the driving force of vengeance links the chorus to each of the play’s protagonists. For both plays, the choruses begin with a strong support of their heroes with a belief that the course of action that those characters are pursuing for the sake of avenging the wrongs done to them or their families is just and right. The chorus of Medea, however, moves away from that original conviction in the moral justification of revenge....   [tags: Libation Bearers, Medea and Aeschylus]

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The CIA´s Torture Methods after 9/11

- ... The overall security in the US went up exponentially in the months and years that followed. Local police were being trained differently to prepare for the worst of situations. The CIA too, changed their approach to how they dealt with terrorists; mainly, how they interrogated them once they were apprehended. “The fact that the United States has not suffered a large-scale attack since 9/11 speaks to the country’s counterterrorism successes”. Much of the success in prevention of large-scaled attacks can be accredited to the CIA....   [tags: water, boarding, tragedies, safety, police]

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Hamlet and Macbeth Compared as Aristotelian Tragedies

- Aristotle’s Poetics is often considered the blueprint to a successful tragedy; his outline has been used for hundreds of years. Aristotle defines a tragedy as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude… in the form of an action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions” (House 82). Aristotle believed that the most important part of a strong tragedy was the plot, and from that, the other elements such as character, diction, etc....   [tags: Drama]

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Dramatic Tragedies: Oedipus Rex and Hamlet

- William Shakespeare and Sophocles were both intellectual playwrights for their time. Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most advanced writers of his time. They both created plays similar in nature such as; “Oedipus Rex” and “Hamlet”. Both plays were consistent of dramatic tragedy. Sophocles wrote about the typical Greek tragedy that consisted of an ill-fated doom for Oedipus. Shakespeare wrote about Kingdom of Denmark where all things fell apart and death was imminent. Each story consisted of a queen that was important to the outcome of each play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, tragedy]

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Influence of Aristotle’s Poetics on William Wordsworth’s Poetry and William Shakespeare’s Plays

- The Influence of Aristotle on William Wordsworth’s Poetry and William Shakespeare’s Plays Aristotle’s Poetics is not one of his major works, although it has exercised a great deal of influence upon subsequent literary studies and criticism. In this work Aristotle outlines and discusses many basic elements that an author should adhere to in order to write a great tragedies and/or poetry. Two important topics that Aristotle addresses and believes to be crucial to the art work is the mimesis, or imitation of life, and that the audience has an emotional response from the work, or a catharsis....   [tags: Aristotle Tragedy Tragedies]

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Revenge in Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy

-     In this study of revenge and revengers in two Elizabethan revenge tragedies the two plays I shall look at are Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton. I shall look first at the playwrights' handling of the characters of the revengers, and then at the treatment of the revengers by other characters in the plays. Although having similarities in their underlying themes, and in their adherence to conventions, these two plays present contrasting pictures of the figure of the revenger; Hamlet offering a far more complex treatment of its main character, and The Revenger's Tragedy appearing, in comparison, limited by the author's social message, and lacking...   [tags: Elizabethan Revenge Tragedies]

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Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

- 1. Faust is a play written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe . He published part I of the tradgedy in 1808, and Part II was published in 1832. The play was originally written in the German language. In summary, an old scholar, Faust is dissatisfied and yearns to comprehend not just all knowledge, but all experience. In such a quest, Faust makes a bargain with a spirit named Mephistopheles. The pact provides for the loss of Faust's soul in the event that Mephistopheles should provide him with any sensuous experience to his liking....   [tags: tragedies]

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Hamlet And Macbeth As Tragedies

- In every one of William Shakespeare plays is a tragic hero, and every tragic hero has a tragic flaw. Two examples of this would occur in Hamlet and Macbeth. Both title characters possess the equalities of a tragic hero. What is tragedy. Aristotle defines tragedy: "A tragedy must not be the spectacles of a perfect good man brought to adversity. For this merely stock us" (1). Not in every play where a hero dies is considered a tragedy. Also, "Nor, of course, must it be that of a bad man passing from adversity to prosperity: for that is not tragedy at all, but the perversion of tragedy, and revolts moral sense"....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Gun Ownership and the Second Amendment

- Gun ownership and the Second Amendment have come under fire in recent years in the wake of major tragedies such as the Newtown, Aurora and Tucson shootings, amongst other major shootings. Although gun control is not a recent idea, it has grown attention and is argued by more liberal leaning individuals, who tend to believe more in gun control, that guns should be strictly regulated or completely outlawed, while more conservative leaning individuals, who are more in favor of gun rights, believe that regulations on firearms should be lessened or abolished completely....   [tags: Major Tragedies, Major Shootings, Gun Control]

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Tragedy In Genesis

- Tragedy In Genesis People tend to view tragedy in cataclysmic and catastrophic terms. Every night on the news we hear murders, assassinations and bombings referred to as Atragedies.@ Tragedy need not be an event which affects the community at large. Rather, any event which teaches an important lesson to a specific person or a group of people can be viewed as a type of tragedy. While the Greek tragedies focused upon the catastrophic nature of tragedy, The Biblical Book of Genesis provides the reader with another tragic paradigm....   [tags: Genesis Tragedies Tragedy Essays]

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Comparing Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Killings by Andre Dubus

- Comparing Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Killings by Andre Dubus Losing a loved one to tragedy, especially two most brutal and malicious tragedies as these, will torture the minds of any and all men. Terrifying thoughts, even carefully planned acts of revenge will plow themselves into your brain. It is how we react to these situations that can and will forever define that man, his life, and his actions. In these two stories, Hamlet's father and Matt Fowler's son are murdered with jealous motives of romance, ambition, betrayal and rage....   [tags: Hamlet Killings Love Tragedies Essays]

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Reasons of the Failure of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

- Thesis: In order to prevent the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, all the static and dynamic strains should have been taken into account which would have involved proper consideration of effects of environmental conditions, building materials and design. I. Environmental conditions A. Effects and behavior of winds 1. Moderate winds, large oscillations 2. Wind effects on bridges 3. Transfer of wind 4. Vortices 5. Vortex streets 6. Vortex shredding 7. Frequency II. Building materials A. Properties of materials 1....   [tags: engineering tragedies]

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The Story of the RMS Titanic

- The Titanic, its actual name is the RMS Titanic, it was a British Passenger ship that sank on the 15th of April 1912. The main cause of its sinking was an iceberg that it collided with during its first voyage. It was ferrying passengers from Southampton in the United Kingdom to New York City in the US. Its sinking led to the death of many people. The actual sum is likely to be at about 1500. It is considered the most deadly maritime disaster. The vessel was made by Harland and Wolff shipyard located in Belfast....   [tags: tragedies at sea]

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A Dark Descent into Evilness: Macbeth

- A literary device is a method used by authors to convey their message through their writing. An example of a literary device is imagery. In literature, imagery enhances the visualization experience for the reader, as well as paints a picture in the reader’s mind full of places, colors, expressions, and textures. Imagery is used in numerous pieces to give visual aid to the reader, and serves the purpose to appeal to sensory experiences-real or unreal. By provoking certain emotions or feelings, the reader can relate to the characters and plot easier, resulting in a better understanding of the piece....   [tags: Shakespearan tragedies]

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Radiation Effects from Tsunami in Japan of 11 March 2011

- Radiation Effects from Tsunami in Japan of 11 March 2011 The March 11, 2011 widespread, destructive earthquake and tsunami affected several Japanese fishery areas and agricultural sector. Moreover, the detected radioactive leakage on food produced near destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant has brought fears on the safety of Japanese food export and the general food production system. Several nations have put strict regulations on the Japanese food products as the government of Japan takes measures in restricting and monitoring the distribution of the nuclear contaminated food....   [tags: natural disasters, ecological tragedies]

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Death Factor: An Essay on John Krakauer and His Team

- ... You see, the altitude is such (8000m and up) that the human body cannot acclimate, or adapt to the higher altitude, and external oxygen is required for most climbers (Harris, paragraph 3). This extra oxygen is stored in cylinders and is hooked in to a regulator. As its name suggests, it regulates the flow of oxygen to the wearer from the oxygen tanks. Conserving the supply of oxygen is important because most climbers carry only one tank at a time and the other tanks are at a camp. Surely, with equipment this important, it takes a lot of responsibility to operate it....   [tags: climbing Mr. Everest, tragedies]

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Dr. Faustus

- Dr. Faustus Dramatic Quality of the Central Scenes in ‘Dr Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe 'Dr Faustus' is considered by many to be a tragic play, in fact, Marlowe himself called it, ‘The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus’. However, there are several scenes in the middle of the play (scenes 6 to 11) which can be considered to be comical scenes, which do not fit into the stereotype of tragedies of the time. They can be considered to be interesting scenes in their own right, but their overall purpose and their closely linked end dramatic quality, is examinable....   [tags: Christopher Marlowe Tragedies Plays Essays]

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The Titanic: Could it Have Been Saved?

- In the Atlantic ocean over a thousand years ago, many vikings would cross the ocean in large boats. A lot of them risked being blown off course by bad storms or dying of some disease they had caught on the boat. The boats would sometimes hit something in the water causing the boat to sink. The Titanic however was the exact opposite of other boats. It had no fear of going into the ocean and risking thousands of people’s lives. Do not go anywhere because the story of how the Titanic changed the way of life on the ocean will be continued....   [tags: transatlantic ship sinking tragedies]

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Taking a Closer Look at Shakespeare's Work

- Shakespeare’s work helped develop a deeper understanding of the English language and usage of writing techniques throughout his writings while entertaining his audiences. The Elizabethan Era was the start towards a successful education system, which mainly consisted of strong religious views. Children who were fortunate enough would have the opportunity to start their formal education at a petty school. Petty schools were primary schools in Shakespeare’s England in which pupils would start at five years of age and complete their knowledge on how to read and write....   [tags: plays, tragedies and sonnets]

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Sophocles' Use of Social Commentary in Antigone

- Art has the power to reach people across space and time. Although artists primarily use creative media to disseminate their ideas and emotions to a contemporary audience, great art has the ability to reach whoever appreciates it no matter their origin. In Antigone, Sophocles does this by creating a fictionalized Thebes in which he reflects upon the politics, religion, and societal norms of his own world. He creates a ruler, Creon, whose tyrannical actions serve to promote the merits of democracy and criticize the contemporary government....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedies]

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Tragic Heroines: Medea and Clytemnestra

- Aristotle (384-322 B.C. believed that tragedy, as an imitation or mimesis of life as it could be, held more importance than history, which simply records the past. He considered that performance of a tragedy provided the perfect cathartic experience for an audience, leaving them spiritually purified and inspired. He felt spectators seeing and experiencing great hardship befall the play’s hero or heroine would achieve this emotional state and benefit from it. The tragic hero, according to Aristotle, must be essentially good and be of high or noble birth....   [tags: Aristotle, Greek tragedies, literature]

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The Cherokee Trail of Tears

- ... These representatives of the Cherokee Nation were known as the Treaty Party and totaled about 100 people. The council of the Cherokee Nation had previously passed a law that stated that anyone who gave up their ancestral land would be put to death. So by signing this treaty, most of the Treaty Party would be put to death upon arrival to their new land (“A Brief History”). For the treaty to pass, it had to be ratified by the United States Senate. Henry Clay and Daniel Webster spoke against the treaty, but despite their best efforts, it passed....   [tags: Native American history and tragedies]

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The Life of Robert Frost

- ... The outdoors inspired to him to write, many of his poems like “The Pasture” or “Mowing” came to him while outside. He enjoyed the outdoors because it soothed him, as did writing. The two went together for him like apples and bananas. Frost achieved an internal dynamic in his poems by combining everyday speech and line and verse (The Norton Anthology). His poems were well taken and the meaning was deep and meaningful, which is what makes a good poem. While writing Frost faced many struggles. He farmed because he needed a way of life to provide for his family....   [tags: american poet, tragedies]

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Oedipus the King and Things Fall Apart - Tragedies as Defined by Aristotle

- Oedipus and Things Fall Aparttragedies as defined by Aristotle Almost 2500 years ago Aristotle defined a tragic plot as one containing six essential elements. The first is a hero (sympatheia) who is noble by birth or has risen to a place of power. The hero should also be of good character. Aristotle stated in The Poetics, “This is the sort of man who is not pre-eminently virtuous and just, and yet it is through no badness or villainy of his own that he falls into the fortune, but rather through some flaw in him, he being one of those who are in high station and good fortune.” The second is the flaw (Hamartia) in the hero’s character....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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The Bacchae by Euripides

- One of the most well-known pieces of Greek tragedy is Euripides’s The Bacchae, a tale which chronicles the life and ultimate revenge that the Greek god Dionysus would take out upon his mortal family. Through this tale Dionysus can be viewed in multiple lights. He varied his appearance from that of a great leader, to that of a master of the great art of manipulation. With that said, no image was grander than how he showed that the great Greek gods are not known for being forgiving creatures. Dionysus proved this by being utterly brutal and relentless....   [tags: acient Greek tragedies]

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