A Tragic Hero

Dreaming in the 1960s
Dreaming in the 1960s
Dreaming in the 1960s In 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said his most famous words: I have a dream. He was not the only one who felt this way. For many, the 1960s was a decade in which their dreams about America might be fulfilled. For Martin Luther King Jr., this was a dream of a truly equal America; for John F. Kennedy, it was a dream of a young vigorous nation that would put a man on the moon; and for the hippy movement, it was one of love, peace, and freedom. The 1960s was a tumultuous de
BARRON'S BOOK NOTES
BARRON'S BOOK NOTES
BARRON\'S BOOK NOTES ERICH MARIA REMARQUE\'S ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT ^^^^^^^^^^ERICH MARIA REMARQUE: THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES Born Erich Paul Remark on June 22, 1898, he grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Osnabruck in the province of Westphalia, Germany--a city in the northwest part of what is now West Germany. He adored his mother, Anna Maria, but was never close to his father, Peter. The First World War effectively shut him off from his sisters, Elfriede and Erna. Peter Remark, desce
Mahabharata
Mahabharata
Mahabharata The Mahabharata is the largest epic of the world as it has about 100,000 verses. The original author was Vyasa who tried to depict the Great War between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Even in the English adaptation by William Buck it is nearly two hundred and fifty pages long, and jam-packed with action and important events. With that in mind, I went to write my book report, and suddenly had several pages of a report, instead of one. However, I feel that this is the best way to descr
Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent Scott Turow writes an engrossing book based on love, obsession, and the legal system. In the beginning the protagonist character, Rusty Sabich, a District Prosecuting Attorney (P.A.) begins the story in first person speaking about what is expected of him as a P.A. His voice gives reason that he is unhappy and lacks faith in the legal system. Rusty has been accused of a horrible crime, rape and murder. Turow\'s story depicts a typical situation of a person being set up. The endi
In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many
In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many
In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many themes are enclosed; the most salient of these themes is related to the American Dream. The American Dream is based on the idea that any person, no matter what they are, can become successful in life by his or her hard work. The dream also embodies the idea of a self-sufficient person, an entrepreneur making it successful for themselves. The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream during the 1920s, an era when the dream had been
The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was an objective description of the life of Hester Prynne, an adulteress. The novel does not go into specific details of the thoughts of the woman except to describe the tragic nature of her character. Tragedy faces the fact that not everything in life ends happily. Therefore, tragedy raises questions about morality; what is considered right or wrong, the meaning of human existence, and the control human beings have over their own actions. Hest
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth\'s degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth\'s judgment, and finally Macbeth\'s long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth\'s growing character degenerates from a nob
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller that was first produced in 1953, is based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Miller wrote the play to parallel the situations in the mid-twentieth century. Some characters in the play have specific agendas carried out by their accusations, and the fact that the play is based on historical truth makes it even more intriguing. The characters in this play are simple, common people. The accused are charged and convicted of a crime
Farewell to Arms
Farewell to Arms
Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms holds the secret of a man (the author) who experiences many things and then changes them for in his writings. The main character of the novel, Frederic, experiences many of the same situations that Hemingway lived. He captures the inspiring trials and tribulations of a disillusioned man caught between love and war. Driving an ambulance on the Italian front of World War One, Frederick discovers his values as he realizes his love for Catheri
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex A man who is highly renowned and prosperous, but one who is not pre-eminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice and/or depravity, but by some error of judgment or frailty. - Aristotle In Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, Oedipus, the main character who kills his father and marries his mother, undoubtedly qualifies as a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition, a tragic hero must be highly renowned and prosperous. Oedipus was the Kin
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play amo
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play amo
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play among experts of Shakespeare. This play has been argued by some to be a comedy. This is because there is a lot of comic relief and the story has a happy ending. Others consider the play to be a tragedy because of Shylock’s character. He is very much like a character of a tragedy as in Phaedra. Still other experts use the term tragicomedy. Personally I think that the last definition is the best one to describe this play. There are several factors t
Catch 22
Catch 22
Catch 22 Joseph Heller satirizes, among other matters, red tape and bureaucracy in his first novel, Catch-22. The novel concerns itself with a World War II bombardier named Yossarian who suddenly realizes the danger of his position and tries various means to extricate himself from further missions. Yossarian is driven crazy by the Germans, who keep shooting at him when he drops bombs on them, and by his American superiors, who seem less concerned about winning the war than they are about getting
According to Aristotle, a tragedy is a form of the
According to Aristotle, a tragedy is a form of the
According to Aristotle, a tragedy is a form of theater that replicates a solemn action with the intention of stirring dread and sympathy in the viewer. Sophocles’ Antigone and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons both fit into this category. Both stories consist of a tragic hero, Creon and Joe Keller in this instance. According to Aristotle’s Poetics, a tragic hero is someone not all good or all bad, and whose downfall is caused by a tragic flaw or hamartia. Later the hero comes to a realization of the
The Impact of the Vietnam War on the People of Ame
The Impact of the Vietnam War on the People of Ame
The Impact of the Vietnam War on the People of America The Vietnam War was one of the most tragic wars in American history. The affects it had on the American people were tremendous. Even today many Americans have the frightening, unforgettable memories of the war. The war was accounted to be over in 1973, but Americans still suffer the aftershocks of a national trauma that has left the nation bitterly divided and estranged from its ideals. The painful memories will be eased, but they will never
Beowulf is the cornerstone of the medieval literat
Beowulf is the cornerstone of the medieval literat
Beowulf is the cornerstone of the medieval literature evolution. It is known as the basis for following epic stories of heroism, valor, and conflicts between man and himself. Beowulf was never actually written, therefore it does not have a credited author. It is said that this poem was passed through time by an oral poetic method. This simply means by word of mouth. Beowulf was finally placed into its actual poetic form by and unknown poet. The poem was performed for many years by what is called
Who Is the Tragic Hero, Antigone or Creon?
Who Is the Tragic Hero, Antigone or Creon?
Who Is the Tragic Hero, Antigone or Creon? This analysis is to determine the character that fits the tragic hero profile; it was completely based according to the Aristotelian idea of tragic hero and it is understood that hero is: ...neither purely evil or purely wicked; the hero must born in the high social status, and he/she must possess a tragic flaw which is proper from the inner side of the character; it usually manifests in the form of poor judgment and or arrogance, condemning him/hersel
Oroonoko's Slavery Problem: An Interpretation
Oroonoko's Slavery Problem: An Interpretation
Oroonoko\'s Slavery Problem: An Interpretation Aphra Behn\'s seventeenth century tale of a noble African prince\'s tragic fall to slavery, Oroonoko, has often been cited as a major antislavery work. Under close examination, however, Oroonoko tells a more complex story. The volatile cultural, moral, and religious crosscurrents that Behn finds surrounding her manifest themselves in the forms of narrative equivocality and intermittent satire in Oroonoko. Throughout the text, she seemingly possesses
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus died a death that few could bear to imagine, much less experience. After knowing for many years when exactly he would die, he reached the stroke of the hour of his destiny in a cowardly, horrid demeanor. Finally, when the devils appeared at the stroke of midnight, tearing at his flesh as they draw him into his eternal torment, he screams for mercy without a soul, not even God Himself, to help him. However, what to consider Doctor John Faustus fr
Storytelling in a Modern World
Storytelling in a Modern World
Storytelling in a Modern World We humans are all storytellers, or story-listeners, or both. That\'s a crucial element of our humanity. Passing down the generations, constantly changing under the pressure of altering circumstances, stories link humanity together in chains of narrative. Odysseus sets out on the wine-dark sea, fights ferocious monsters, endures endless hardships, and eventually finds his way home; and so does Tim O’Brien in The Things They Carried; and so do many thousands of other
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance During the renaissance, there was a renewed interest in the arts, and the traditional views of society came into question. People began to explore the power of the human mind. A term often used to describe the increasing interest in the powers of the human mind is humanism. Generally, humanism stresses the individual’s creative, reasoning, and aesthetic powers. However, during the Renaissance, individual ideas about humanism differed. Writers and philosophers of t
John the Baptist
John the Baptist
John the Baptist We are given the story of the ministry of John the Baptist, called the Precursor or Forerunner of the Lord, with some variation of detail, in the three synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as well as in the Book of John. Luke tells us of the birth of John the Baptist in a town of Judaea, about six months before the birth of the Saviour. The attendant circumstances, which we have already recounted under the headings of *St. Elizabeth* and *St. Zachary*, his parents, sugge
The play Julius Caesar is an eclectic mix of wise
The play Julius Caesar is an eclectic mix of wise
The play Julius Caesar is an eclectic mix of wise and ignorant, cunning and naďve, heroes and cowards. The pageantry set forth in the play exemplifies the formality of everyday Roman life and the gravity of the official duties. Each main character in Julius Caesar has a positive quality that embraces the reader and a negative quality that leads to their tragic downfall. Although the characters possess more than two qualities, their strongest, most aggressive points shine through. At the end of t
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet Arguably, the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is the classic example of a tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all tht is need to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes a hero doesn\'t even need to die. Not every play in which a hero dies is
Macbeth is, in all ways, a tragic hero. His greatn
Macbeth is, in all ways, a tragic hero. His greatn
Macbeth is, in all ways, a tragic hero. His greatness led to his obsession and then to his shocking, yet inevitable, downfall. The play thoroughly illustrates his rise and fall through a tragic story of man versus himself. At the beginning, the reader sees a man with a conscience and a mind. But after the turn of many events and Macbeth\'s constant fear of being caught, he becomes weak. Macbeth is extremely passionate about becoming king. In the first act, his motivation comes mostly from his wi
Family environment and the press are two major inf
Family environment and the press are two major inf
Family environment and the press are two major influences resulting in the recent tragic school shootings. As much as society continues to focus the killing rampages on factors such as television and music, what children are exposed to in reality contributes to the violence. The most recent school shooting in Michigan involved a six-year-old first grader who killed a classmate with a .22 caliber pistol. The news coverage had vanished after two or three days, and I was left wondering what had hap
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in mind while writing Hamlet. After all, Shakespeare wasn\'t a philosopher or historian, or even a literary critic. He was a playwright. He didn\'t leave critical essays examining his work. It is left to us to examine his work and decide for ourselves, if we care to, what Shakespeare was thinking. Did he know that he was writing a drama of deep psychological significance, a play which would eventually be viewed and read the world over, produced man
Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy
Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy
Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy. It fits all the characteri
Slaves
Slaves
Slaves This paper is about the characteristics of Masters and Slaves and the similarities in the personalities of people like Hitler and Jim Jones, the leader of Jonestown, in Guyana, where he ordered several hundred of his followers to commit suicide. They, like the millions of Germans who gave up their lives for their Fuhrer, obeyed. Why? Rousseau said that everybody emerges out of early childhood either with a slave mentality or with that of a tyrant. These terms can well be applied to the ex
The Deft Touch of Catch 22
The Deft Touch of Catch 22
:The Deft Touch of Catch 22: Heller\'s Harmonious Unison of Comedy and Tragedy Since the dawn of literature and drama, comedy and tragedy have always been partitioned into separate genres. Certainly most tragedies had comedic moments, and even the zaniest comedies were at times serious. However, even the development of said tragicomedies left the division more or less intact. Integrating a total comedy and a total tragedy into a holistic union that not only preserved both features, but also blend