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    Becoming a Martyr

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    Becoming a martyr is an idea that has been embraced by many different people with very different beliefs and ideas. A martyr by definition is “a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion. (Dictionary.com) Although this definition varies depending on who is asked, the basic idea is that martyrdom is influenced by religion. The act of giving ones life for a religious cause is what makes someone a martyr. Due to the many different beliefs of what a martyr is, becoming

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    Alternative Martyr

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    Upon first glance, the disheveled, disappointed, and depressed Kurt Cobain doesn't seem to fit the profile of a martyr, but appearances can be deceiving. Cobain is often called the martyr for Generation X. He is the voice of the underdogs, the misfits, the misunderstood, and anyone else who has been outcast by popular society. Growing up, he struggled to fit in. After his parents divorced when he was seven, his behavior became uncontrollable and his mother sent him to live with relatives. Instead

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    martyrs

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    laying back and watch the evil triumph, can be only one of the many causes why we live the way we do now. Martyrs, as these people are called, made a great impact on one of the world’s biggest religions, Christianity. In certainty they are humans like you and I that would much rather die than to watch their faith trampled over by an idea they do not believe in (“Early Christian Martyrs” 2). A martyr affirms a border that leaves them out, leaves them to be chosen for being different, a target, just like

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    Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom. Gandhi means that the true mark of a honorable person is one who is willing to sacrifice their life, but doesn’t have a strong urge to do so. Wanting to die is cowardly, but staying with your conviction till death is noble. In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Holden views Allie and other devoted people as honorable; furthermore, martyrdom appears to Holden as a way of avoiding

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    Tyrant and Martyr in Antigone "The tyrant dies and his rule ends,the martyr dies and his rule begins."  Soren Kierkegaard  This quote applies to Sophocles’ play Antigone in many ways. The two lines can be used to describe the opposition of the two main characters in the play, Creon and Antigone. One is a king new to the throne who will not be ruling for long, and the other, a martyr whose strong convictions will live on even after her death. In the first line of his quote, Kierkegaard states that

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    The Female Martyr of Nineteenth Century Literature The literature of the nineteenth century is abundant with stories about children dying, partially because it was common for people to die young. One of the most popular forms of the dying child in literature is the martyr, who is almost always female. During the nineteenth century, white men held virtually all of the power in American society. The only way female characters could obtain power was through transcendence in death, but white

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    Jean Paul Marat: Target and Martyr of Liberty

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    Jean Paul Marat: Target and Martyr of Liberty The French Revolution produced countless influential politicians throughout its tumultuous course. As a political figure in the French Revolution, Jean Paul Marat began as a nonentity and became a martyr to the revolutionary patriots of France. His influence is often misconstrued, and sometimes overlooked. Although he was not a political leader like Robespierre, his influence was substantial in that he motivated many people through his writings

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    The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas gives an account of the last days of a group of Christian martyrs in the Roman African city of Carthage. The historical account focuses mostly on its namesakes Perpetua, a young mother, and a little bit on Felicitas, an expecting mother. The text is a witness to the strength of their beliefs before their inevitable deaths.Through the experiences of Perpetua and Felicitas; one can derive information about early Christian women and mothers, the influence

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    Cuban Revolution

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    Fidel Castro, inspired by José Martí who first dreamt of a Cuban Revolution who died a martyr before he could succeed, wanted to overthrow the corrupt government under Fulgencio Batista. Castro gathered an army of revolutionaries known as the Fidelistas who were driven by nationalism, idealism, patriotism, and the thought of possibly becoming a martyr, a historical glory of Cuba. The result of this revolution in Cuba was an overthrow of the government and the start of a Communist state that still

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    Cyrano De Bergerac

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    led a happy life. Actually, I never once wondered that, but that is irrelevant, because Cyrano’s happiness is the focus of this essay. Was he happy? Truth be told, I cannot say for sure. If we look upon his life, it would seem that he was a bit of a martyr, always sacrificing his happiness for the sake of others. This is probably the case, but I do not believe that he led his life with his happiness as any sort of goal. That will be a defining case in my argument. What I really believe is that he simply

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