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The Tragic Tale of Ophelia and Hamlet - The Tragic Tale of Ophelia and Hamlet            The common problem of lack of communication has plagued couples since the beginning of time. The relationship Hamlet and Ophelia share in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is no more immune to these human tendencies. Throughout the drama, many misunderstandings cloud their relationship. Unspoken problems and pressures within Ophelia’s and Hamlet’s private lives lead to overlooked, unnoticed love. For Hamlet, his bond with Ophelia pales in comparison to the weight of the les talionis obligation thrust upon his soul....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Tragic Tale of Paul's Case - The Tragic Tale of Paul's Case Love could have saved Paul in Willa Cather's "Paul's Case," but love does not find Paul. It is withheld within the hearts of all the people that could have shown affection toward Paul. Although Paul's life ends in suicide, Paul's English teacher, Charley Edwards, or Paul's father could have prevented his premature death.   First, Paul's English teacher could have prevented Paul's suicide. After her confrontation with Paul at the chalkboard, she becomes Paul's greatest school adversary....   [tags: Paul] 670 words
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Tale of Multak- A Tragic Odyssey - ... What makes the Party so powerful that I would willingly be executed. From that point on I realized that I was going to escape and try and find other superpowers in the world. After this exciting thought, I sped up to a steady powerwalk, and by the time I reached the lobby of my apartment, a downpour has begun to drench the whole city in an ominous gloom. I rode the elevator up to my room and looked for a bag to make travelling easier. Ordinary citizens were not allowed to own suitcases as it was an item for travel, and everyday citizens were advised strongly against traveling....   [tags: goldstein highway, party] 1077 words
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Eros and Psyche - Eros and Psyche is a tragic Greek love tale. It revolves around Betrayal, Deceptions, and Exaggerations. Being retold many times, there are various accounts of the fable-but they all circle around the same heartfelt legend of their love. The saga is about the Greek goddess Venus, who becomes jealous of a mortal female-Psyche- and sent her son-Eros -to do her bidding and make sure that Psyche, would never find love. Everything was fine-until he fell in love with her-drama follows. Psyche was the third daughter of a king who had a kingdom....   [tags: Tragic Greek Love Tale, Literary Analysis]
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Hermione in A Winter´s Tale by Shakespeare - ... Hermione and Leontes’ only son falls ill and soon dies, which is what is told to cause the death of Hermione. Her friend Paulina, the level-headed, hopeful and magical character in the play, explains that Hermione has died of a broken heart. Her daughter is sent away to be banished in the woods. After these series of events it is explained that sixteen years has passed between scenes. The daughter, Perdita has been brought up by a Shepherd and has become beautiful young lady. She meets King Polixenes’ son, prince Florizel, where they instantly fall in love....   [tags: romance, tragic, died, resurrected, alive] 537 words
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Othello as a Tragic Hero - Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays....   [tags: Othello, Tragic Heroes, Shakespeare, ] 726 words
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Humor in Chaucer's The Miller's Tale - Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" should be tragic, because a lot of horrible things happen to the characters. The carpenter's wife is disloyal to him, sleeping with others and making fun of him with Nicholas. Also, he is depicted as a fool. However, readers get a humorous feeling from the story, rather than feeling sorry for the carpenter's unfair life. Chaucer makes the whole story come across as comic rather than tragic. This humor is created by the Miller's narration, the use of irony, the cartoon-like characters, and the twists of plot....   [tags: Comic Effect in The Miller's Tale]
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The Power of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Power of The Winter's Tale        Many of Shakespeare's later plays broke with customs of genre. The Merchant of Venice has all the elements of a comedy, but deals with very grave matters and ends ambiguously. Pericles foreshadows the novel in its romantic plot and use of narration. Such plays challenged prevalent Renaissance literary theory which demanded fairly strict adherence to classical values of realism and unity. The Winter's Tale is a self-conscious violation of these expectations, and a jibe at the assumptions behind them....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale - The Knight's Tale As the Knight begins his tale, which he embarks upon without preamble, we are instantly reminded of the stateliness of the Knight, his overwhelming human dignity and moral world view, which Chaucer described in the general prologue. The Knight is the epitome of a man of the first estate - noble and humble, courageous and gentle, a warrior and a saint. As befits his elevated class, he speaks with elegance and seriousness about the important attitudes and values that any human - and a privileged human in particular - should cherish....   [tags: Chaucer Knight's Tale Essays] 888 words
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The Dark Comic Vision of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Dark Comic Vision of The Winter’s Tale       Although Shakespeare’s plays are generally categorized according to their adherence to the formulaic definitions of histories, romances, comedies, or tragedies, there are several plays that complicate the task of fitting neatly into these groupings. Many literary critics, in fact, have singled out a handful of plays and labeled them ‘Problem Plays’ because they do not fall easily into any of the four categories, though they do loosely adhere to the predicated ‘formula’ of the genre under which they appear in the Folios....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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The Twisted Beliefs of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale - In Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, one will find a town, Gilead, whose people have brainwashed themselves and created their own twisted truths about life. The people of this town are irrational; they tend to believe the things that they hear. The people of Gilead then take it and turn it into semi-truths and lies. Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get their pants on.” Their truths do nothing but harm others in the community....   [tags: The Handmaid’s Tale]
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The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike - The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike Heike Monogatari, with its multitude of battles and skirmishes, provides a wonderful chance to analyze the way of the warrior in ancient Japan. There aren't a great number of surviving works from this period that show in such great detail both the brute and the compassion of the Japanese warriors. They followed carefully a distinct set of principles which made up the well-rounded warrior. Loyalty to one's master, bravery and glory in any situation, strength, martial skills, compassion, and interest in the arts were all held with the highest esteem....   [tags: Japanese Warriors Tale Heike Essays] 1308 words
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Forces of Nature in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale       "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated by the character's relationship with Nature or her representatives....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Romance and Tragedy in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Romance and Tragedy in The Winter's Tale      In The Winter's Tale, the line between romance and tragedy runs thin and almost blends together. The romantic ending would not be possible without the tragic beginning. For example, how could the romance between Leontes and Hermione take place in the end without the almost tragic mistake that Leontes makes in the first three acts of the play. Specific characters are responsible for the way the play turns out, with or without the help of the Fates....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Julius Caesar is a Tragic Hero - Julius Caesar is a Tragic Hero The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tale not completely focused on Julius Caesar himself. But is instead focused more on the conspirators that surrounded him. Julius Caesar is unwilling to believe several warnings that could have saved his life, Julius Caesar ends up being murdered after ignoring all of the warnings, everyone has a different view of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a character of high standing in society that has a flaw that leads to their downfall and must feel enlightened in the end....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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A Knight's Tale - The Canterbury Tales begin with The Knight’s Tale; which chronicles the tragic love triangle of Palamon, Arcite and Emilye. The following tale, which is told by the Miller, is also a love triangle, and is in many ways similar to the Knight’s tale. However, the Miller’s tale sharply contrasts the Knight’s, almost parodying it. The Knight’s tale is a tragic of nobility, heritage and focuses heavily on mythology and astrology, whereas The Miller’s tale is a comedy, focusing on the common-man and his less civilized, and bawdy lifestyle....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1674 words
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A Historical Interpretation of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - A Historical Interpretation of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens History has not only been important in our lives today, but it has also impacted the classic literature that we read. Charles Dickens has used history as an element of success in many of his works. This has been one of the keys to achievement in his career. Even though it may seem like it, Phillip Allingham lets us know that A Tale of Two Cities is not a history of the French Revolution. This is because no actual people from the time appear in the book (Allingham)....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Dickens] 1775 words
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Sophocles´ Oedipus Rex: A Tragic Hero - Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, tells the tale of Oedipus, a tragic hero. Oedipus sets out to rid his city, Thebes, of the plague by finding the murderer of Laius. However, along the way, he finds that he was the one that killed Laius and married the widowed queen Jocasta, his mother. Because of Oedipus’ high rank, high morals, flaws, recognition, and there being reversals and a catharsis within the play, Oedipus is classified as an Aristotelian tragic hero. Because of his high status in society and his high morals, Oedipus can be considered a tragic hero....   [tags: morals, flaws, recogition] 587 words
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A Tragic Situation - Tragedy is a description of an event that evokes a sympathetic feeling of emotion by the audience. The events involve people emotionally who were not involved in the situation physically. In the story of Antigone, Sophecles forces the audience to take pity on the poor girl’s situation. This story impacts the audience in such a way that the audience becomes emotionally enthralled in the plot of the story. All of Steiner’s, “Principle constants of conflict in the condition of man,” (360) were present in the tragic tale of Antigone....   [tags: essays research papers] 2635 words
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The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing - The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing Shakespeare's tragedies are, for the most part, stories of one person, the "hero," or at most two, to include the "heroine." Only the Love Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra)are exceptions to this pattern. In these plays, the heroine is as much at the center of action as the hero. The rest of the tragedies, including Macbeth, have single stars, so the tragic story is concerned primarily with oneperson....   [tags: Papers] 2829 words
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Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic? - Arthur: Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's torrid tale of The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character, is confronted with a number of circumstances, both in and out of his control, that lead to his ultimate demise. While it can be argued that Arthur is a tragic hero, he lacks the underlying goodness and strength essential for him to fulfill this role. Otherwise, it may be demonstrated that Arthur meets all the criteria as a tragic hero, though there are other discrepancies to be noted....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1289 words
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Désirée's Baby by Kate Chopin - A tale of tragic injustice, “Désirée's Baby” explores racism at its worst, through a falling out of love because of it. Kate Chopin, who was born in 1851, died in 1904 when she was about 53 years old (Chopin 150). She wrote “Désirée's Baby” in 1894(Chopin 150). It is a short, to-the-point depiction of racism and injustice in Louisiana during before the Civil war (Chopin 150). It is set on a plantation called L'Abri, which is the family home of the Aubignys (Chopin 150). The main characters are Désirée, Armand Aubigny, and Madame Valmonde....   [tags: literary analysis, tragic injustice]
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The Tragic Hero of Macbeth - The Tragic Hero of Macbeth Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches. Yes, it is the first scene from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a tragic tale of one man's quest for power and his ultimate defeat. The story revolves around our tragic hero, Macbeth, and how an admirable and noble man, so established in society, can fall so greatly. The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are various factors that contributed to the downfall of Macbeth of which three stand out most....   [tags: Papers] 518 words
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Romeo, A Tragic Hero in Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet - Having captivated man for thousands of years, throughout numerous civilizations, tragedies give the audience an opportunity to identify with the main character, or tragic hero, and give them an opportunity to experience a full catharsis, which is the purging of emotions such as pity and fear and the figurative purification of the conscious. According to Aristotle, a basic tragic hero must be noble, have a definitive flaw that eventually causes their demise, and suffer a punishment that far exceeds their crime....   [tags: Flaw, Emotion]
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The Truly Tragic Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth: Truly Tragic Macbeth is the epitome of what the literary world regards as a "tragic hero". His admirable qualities are supplanted with greed and hate when three witches dupe him. The three witches enter with the first scene from William Shakespeare's, Macbeth, a tragic tale of one man's quest for power that leads to his ultimate defeat. The story revolves around our tragic hero, Macbeth, and how an admirable and noble man, so established in society, can fall so greatly. Throughout the play, he is driven by an obsession to become King of Scotland, and in the process commits acts of betrayal and treachery to achieve this goal....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1304 words
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Japanese Literature during the Medieval Period - During the Medieval period (1185–1603) in Japan there was change and innovation in Japanese literature. “Waka composition practices change as Japanese society does” (Huey 652). The medieval world was greatly reflected in Japanese literature because during this time there were numerous civil wars that led to different classes in society. “In fact, many different types of people helped shape the medieval period. Over 400 years, from the late twelfth to the late sixteenth centuries, emperors and priests, women and merchants, poets and playwrights, and, of course, samurai created a complex yet fascinating society” (Segal)....   [tags: The Tale of Heike]
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Canterbury Tales - Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale - A Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale        It is common when considering The Canterbury Tales to discuss how some tales seem designed to emphasise the themes of others. Two such tales are the Miller's Tale2 and the Knight's Tale3. At first glance these two tales seem an incongruous pairing. The Knight's Tale is told by an eminent person, is an historical romance which barely escapes a tragic ending, and its themes are universal: the relationship of individuals to providence, fortune and free will....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Revenge is Tragic - “Vengeance is sweet” and “Revenge is a dish best served cold “are two statements often used to describe Revenge , but in British literature the idea of revenge leads to tragedy ;this fact is evident in the stories Frankenstein, Hamlet, and Beowulf. Throughout each story Particular characters are challenged by a need for vengeance. Revenge is a emotion that can be stronger than love and that comes saddled with hate, anger and tragedy. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the character of the monster is a intelligent , kind hearted being who spirals down a path of darkness after being rejected by his creator....   [tags: Frankenstein, Hamlet, Beowulf, vengeance]
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The Tale of Boudicca - “Great leaders undergo reinvention throughout different periods of history” to what extent does this statement reflect the image and interpretation of Boudicca since the first century AD. The tale of Boudicca, the warrior queen dates back to 60 AD, when the Celts rose up in revolt against their Roman oppressors. Yet the only ancient written sources about the battle today are riddled with bias and fabrications. All due to the fact that history is written by the victors and in this case the literate....   [tags: Leaders, Reinvention, World History]
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Creon as the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone     This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.             To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is: “Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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John Proctor is a Tragic Hero in The Crucible - John Proctor: A Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his teenage house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe....   [tags: Arthur Miller]
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The Winter's Tale, The Remains of the Day, & The Great Gatsby - All three texts portray leading characters who suffer due to flaws within their own personalities; however, it could be argued that the flaws these individuals fall victim to are directly a product of their environments rather than being innate within themselves. These texts were written between 1623 and 1989 and depict figures from all levels of the social hierarchy; from a King in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to a servant in Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and a socialite in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, showing that falling victim to a weakness within one’s own character is not an experience exclusive to one era or one class of people....   [tags: Protagonists, Character Fates, Flaws]
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traglear The Tragic Truth of King Lear - The Tragic Truth of King Lear        King Lear is another story of a soul in torment, a "purgatorial" story. Again the tragic writer has internalized a commonplace action, the facts of which were legendary and presumably known to Shakespeare's audience. Like the Poet of Job, who dramatized the tragic alternatives to the folk story, and like Marlowe, who saw the elements of tragic dilemma in the story of Faustus, Shakespeare transformed the tale of the mythical, pre-Christian King Lear ("who ruled over the Britons in the year of the world 3105, at what time Joas ruled in Judah") into a dramatic action whose shape and quality define Christian tragedy in its full development....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Critique of The Winter's Tale - Critique of The Winter's Tale The Winter's Tale is a perfect tragicomedy. Set in an imaginary world where Bohemia has a seacoast, and where ancient Greek oracles coexist with Renaissance sculptors, it offers three acts of unremitting tragedy, followed by two acts of restorative comedy. In between, sixteen years pass hastily, a lapse which many critics have taken as a structural flaw, but which actually only serves to highlight the disparity of theme, setting, and action between the two halves of the play....   [tags: Papers] 482 words
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Romeo and Juliet a Tragic Love - Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. This story starts off with two opposing families of royalty, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have a deep seeded hatred for one another that traces way back into their family’s history. Shakespeare takes his audience though a heart churning tale of two star crossed lovers. From the start Romeo and Juliet’s love seemed to be an uphill battle that they would never win even with help....   [tags: romeo, juliet, shakespeare, love story]
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Tragic Heroism in "Julius Caesar" - In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar the element of tragic hero is presented. A tragic hero is defined as a character of high standing who has a flaw that leads to his or her downfall, this individual is enlightened of his or her mistakes and is often viewed with pity or sympathy by the audience. Shakespeare has created two tragic heroes in his classic, Brutus and Caesar. The character primarily focused on as a tragic hero in this story is the protagonist, Brutus. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is of high political standing, a poor judge of character and is enlightened of his mistakes....   [tags: Character Analysis] 812 words
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Comparison of the Russian Folk Tale “The Wolf and the Goat” and the English Folk Tale “The Wolf and the Three Kittens” - What is common in the tales of different peoples. And how do they differ. I have had many questions and wanted to find the answers. My research is devoted to analysis and comparison of the two tales about animals. The first one is the Russian folk tale "The wolf and the goat" and other one is the English folk tale "The wolf and the three kittens". Comparison began with an introduction to the history of fairy tales: the definition of the genre, the collection and study of fairy tales, with their classification....   [tags: Russia, Folk Tales, Wolf and the Goat, English, Wo] 973 words
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Julius Caesar: Tragic Hero - In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is portrayed as a tragic hero. He is one of the two characters from this play that goes from being very high in society to completely falling because of themselves. Brutus makes many mistakes but owns up to them. The fact that he is too pliable and accepts his death as his own cause shows the true tragic hero within Brutus, and every person has their own view and interpretation of him. The problem in this story, although its called “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, is far from being just about Caesar himself....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Hamlet as Tragic Hero - Hamlet, the titled character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare’s most prominent play, is arguably the most complex, relatable, and deep character created by Shakespeare. His actions and thoughts throughout the play show the audience how fully developed and unpredictable he is with his mixed personalities. What Hamlet goes through in the play defines the adventures encountered by a tragic hero. In this timeless tragedy, despite Hamlet’s great nobility and knowledge, he has a tragic flaw that ultimately leads to his ironic death....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]
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The Use of Language in A Tale of Two Cities - Referring closely to the Referring closely to the use of language, show how Charles Dickens examines the tragic consequences of unruly behaviour in Chapter Twenty One of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. How does he bring out the dramatic tension. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ set partly in the Saint Antoine region in the midst of the deadly and brutal French Revolution and partly in the dull and monotonous Restoration Period in England seems to be tale of warning and of social justice. Dickens, born in 1812, held the equality of all social classes close to his heart: lack of funds drove Dickens to work in a blacking factory at the tender age of twelve as well as seeing his father to prison....   [tags: English Literature] 1808 words
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Feminist Reading of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - A Feminist Reading of The Winter’s Tale       In the Shakespearean tragedies we have studied, we have been exposed to tragic male protagonists who create their own downfall. Within these tragedies, Shakespeare's female characters are vested with varying degrees of power in relation to the tragic heroes. In looking back at Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, The Winter's Tale can be seen as an extension of the exploration into the nature of women and power broached in his earlier tragedies, as well as an amendment for the misogynistic attitudes they contain....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Creon Defines the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone - Creon Defines the Tragic Hero    Antigone, written by Sophocles is a tale of a tragic hero who suffers with the recognition and realization of his tragic flaw. Although this short story is titled after Antigone, Creon is the main character and he provides the moral significance in the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride (tragic flaw). Secondly, his radical reversal of fortune is made clear after he struggles with the recognition of his fatal flaw....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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The Evolution of the Common Fairy Tale - How influential can a little fictional girl be. In the world of fairy tales, there isn’t a girl who has lived a more tragic life than little red riding hood. She may not be a princess, but her story has provided the first step towards modern culture. Born without a name, she holds more symbolism than other princesses among her genre, which results in a sympathetic connection with her audience. Told for centuries, Little Red’s story was first published in 1697 France by Charles Perrault. In summary, “Little Red Riding Hood” is the story of a little girl draped in a red hood delivering food for her sick grandmother....   [tags: Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood]
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Tragic Figures in King Lear by William Shakespeare - Tragic Figures - Good/Evil in King Lear       King Lear, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic tale of filial conflict, personal transformation, and loss.  The story revolves around the King who foolishly alienates his only truly devoted daughter and realizes too late the true nature of his other two daughters.   A major subplot involves the illegitimate son of Gloucester, Edmund, who plans to discredit his brother Edgar and betray their father.  With these and other major characters in the play, Shakespeare clearly asserts that human nature is either entirely good, or entirely evil.  Some characters experience a transformative phase, where, by some trial or ordeal, their nature is profoun...   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Comic and Tragic Elements in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five - Comic and Tragic Elements in Slaughterhouse Five   Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is the tale of a World War II soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His wartime experiences and their effects lead him to the ultimate conclusion that war is unexplainable. To portray this effectively, Vonnegut presents the story in two dimensions: historical and science-fiction. The irrationality of war is emphasized in each dimension by contrasts in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humor; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]
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The Tragic Criteria Present in Antigone by Sophocles - A tragic story has its own occur of events. The main factors that always end a tragedy is through conspiracies, love, or hatred. In the story Antigone written by Sophocles, it demonstrates a tragedy filled with consequences to the characters. Antigone shows similarities to Aristotle’s paradigm because of the plot, characterization, and actions that were pursued throughout this story. In Aristotle’s Poetics, he puts his view of how a tragedy should be portrayed to make the concept of it more understandable towards the audience....   [tags: greed, pity, characters]
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The Characters of Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar - Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath's renowned autobiographical legend "The Bell Jar" and Margaret Atwood's fictional masterpiece "The handmaid's tale" are the two emotional feminist stories, which basically involve the women's struggle. Narrated with a touching tone and filled with an intense feminist voice, both novels explore the conflict of their respective protagonists in a male dominated society. In spite of several extraordinary similarities in terms of influential characterization and emotive themes, both novels are diverse as far as their respective style, structure and setting is concerned....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1510 words
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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare charts the rise and fall of the Scottish general Macbeth, through a tale of treachery, deceit and death. First performed in 1606 ‘Macbeth’ is inspired by a story of the Scottish monarchy. A tragic hero is one who at the outset is not wholly good or bad but has a character fault that causes them to make tragic mistakes resulting in their eventual downfall. ‘Macbeth’ is a renaissance tragedy and we can see that Macbeth’s decisions to move away from war hero to noble aggressor as an example of him being an archetypal renaissance tragic hero....   [tags: Papers] 951 words
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