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  • Greek Tragedy And Heroes - 951 words
    Anyone who conforms to the ideals of his particular society is a hero. If I was a beautiful busty blond who loved puppies and saved people from imminent death, in todays society, I would generally be considered a hero. Huck, is a modern hero, and although he wasnt an ideal person in his particular environment, the reader finds him to be near his or her own moral ideal, so the reader recognizes Huck as a hero. Odysseus is a classical hero, for he conforms to the very different social standards of ancient Greece but, since modern society shares so many ideals with Greek culture, the modern reader can still appreciate him as a heroic figure. The classical hero and the modern hero are near oppos ...
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  • Greek Tragedy: Sophocles' Antigone - 988 words
    The struggle between right and wrong, the demands between family and that of the government, and the ultimate struggle between divine law and those made by man is the center of Sophocles' Antigone. Through this expression of Greek drama, a sense of what life must have been like in the time of Sophocles comes across. In his world, women are subjugated and supposed to be silent spectators to the world around them as men's search for power leads to incredible acts against both human and divine law. Antigone is a woman who firmly believed in these divine laws and whose actions changed the course of Thebian history. The story of Antigone begins much sooner than the famous play makes known. It is ...
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  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning - 578 words
    Elizabeth Barrett, an English poet of the Romantic Movement, was born in 1806 at Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. The oldest of twelve children, Elizabeth was the first in her family born in England in over two hundred years. For centuries, the Barrett family had lived in Jamaica, where they owned sugar plantations and had slave labor to run them. Elizabeth's father was Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett, who chose to raise his family in England, while his fortune grew in Jamaica. Elizabeth was educated at home, and had read passages from a number of Shakespearean plays, among other great works, before the age of ten. By her twelfth birthday she had written her first epic poem, which consisted of f ...
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  • Character Changes Involving Antigone And Creon - 1,451 words
    In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, two characters undergo character changes. During the play the audience sees these two characters' attitudes change from close minded to open-minded. It is their close minded, stubborn attitudes, which lead to their decline in the play, and ultimately to a series of deaths. In the beginning Antigone is a close minded character who later becomes open minded. After the death of her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, Creon becomes the ruler of Thebes. He decides that Eteocles will receive a funeral with military honors because he fought for his country. However, Polyneices, who broke his exile to " spill the blood of his father and sell his own people into ...
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  • The Moonstone - 1,101 words
    -------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ Since the beginning of time, man has used various methods on which to pass down stories, beliefs, and myths which explain different aspects of life. From oral tradition, to pictographs, to clay tablets, and onto paper, all compose the world of literature. Literature has always been an infinite realm of ideas, morals, and trains of thought. Although the sphere of literature is encircled with extreme diversity of thought, its core is focused on one theme: man. All literature carries with itself three main characteristics: it is written by man, for man, and about man. Oedipus the King, the great Greek tragedy by th ...
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  • Oedipus - 610 words
    A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles's insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies. Sophocles was the second of the three great Greek authors of tragedies. Born in Colonus, a small city not too far from Athens, Sophocles grew to know the ways of people and the lives they lead. He was well known for depicting people as they are instead of the way they should be like his teacher, Euripides. His tragedies earned him many prizes in various drama competitions. He served as an Athenian general and as a member of delegations to other states. He also played an active role in religion in many Athenians lives. Sophocles wrote one of ...
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  • Influence Of Ancient Greek Times - 1,266 words
    All through history the Greeks have influenced our lives in more ways than most people could imagine. To this day we use many ideas and ways of life that the Greeks used thousands of years ago. "Everywhere Greek traders went, they took Greek ideas with them. People throughout the ancient world were influenced by Greek thought and culture." "Their greatness was largely the result of achievements of their artists, scientists, and philosophers." The Greeks developed the study of many sciences, including geography, botany, zoology, and geometry. The Greeks also deeply influenced architecture, art, science, philosophy, literature, organized sports, and government. Throughout Ancient Greek times t ...
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  • A Reflection On Sin And Repentance - 1,844 words
    ... the best policy in life is to be true, honest, and ever ready to show ones worst to the outside world, as Hawthorne apparently intends them to do through his earnest appeal: Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred! (P.307) Dimmesdale dies an honest man with an easy soul, and the sin has done its work! Roger Chillingworth: The Sinner of the Unpardonable Sin When the two chief sinners, Hester and Dimmesdale, turn out to be saints, or nearly so by their ultimate penance, the injured husband becomes a devil. Here we are made to feel, though we may not translate our feelings into ideas, that it is a greater sin for the o ...
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  • Agamemnon - 339 words
    Agamemnon is the first play in a trilogy, the Oresteia, which is considered Aeschylus' greatest work, and perhaps the greatest Greek tragedy. Of the three plays in the trilogy, Agamemnon contains the strongest command of both language and characterization. The poetry is magnificent and moving, and major and minor characters alike are skillfully portrayed. The play's mood carries a heavy sense of impending doom: from the Watchman's opening speech through the Chorus' foreboding words and Cassandra's prophesies, the drama prepares the audience for the murder of the King. The actual act of violence, of course, takes place off stage, a traditional practice in Greek tragedy. Thematically, the murd ...
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  • Antigone - 976 words
    A tragic hero, according to Aristotelian definitions, is a "highly renowned and prosperous" character. This figure is not perfect and has to be on some level responsible for his or her downfall. The hero's punishment usually exceeds the crime. By the end of the play, this hero recognizes his or her own error or flaw and accepts the overwhelming retribution. Through this experience, he or she finally gains wisdom. In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon fits the term tragic hero more adequately than Antigone. The two have some character flaws, and both are responsible for their own tragic consequences. They are proud, stubborn people, and their unwillingness to recognize their folly sparks the bitter ...
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  • Oedipus Rexs Punishment - 1,418 words
    The Appropriateness of Oedipus's Punishment According to Encarta Encyclopedia, appropriateness is defined as being suited to a particular condition. This definition can be applied to a situation in a literary masterpiece, Oedipus the King. In Oedipus the King, a major question arises: Does the punishment befit the crime? Many critics agree that Oedipus's punishment is just because he ruined an entire nation. However, others say that fate is uncontrollable and therefore he was not responsible for his actions. Oedipus's punishment is appropriate and serves its purpose because by ruining his entire nation, trying to escape his fate, and suffering from a tragic flaw, he learns to accept what he ...
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  • A Critical Analysis Of The Visit - 1,361 words
    The modern play, The Visit, exemplifies the meaning of old Greek tragedy. The story portrays a young woman named Claire Zachanassian whose life was changed at the age of seventeen. This life was put on hold by Anton Schill, her one and only true love. The story has many elements that portray a typical Greek tragedy play. They are faced with moods and feelings of a Greek chorus to the conflicts and problems of a Greek tragedy. Even though The Visit is seen as a modernized play, it still holds the characteristics of a Greek tragedy play, such as, Antigone by Sophocles. Claire Zachanassian can be seen as a person in inescapable pain. At seventeen her life was ruined by Anton Schill, a man she o ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,823 words
    Macbeth is presented as a mature man of definitely established character, successful in certain fields of activity and enjoying a greedy reputation. We must not conclude, there, that all his violations and actions are predictable; Macbeth's character, like any other man's at a given moment, is what is being made out of likelihood plus environment, and no one, not even Macbeth himself, can know all his inordinate self-love whose actions are discovered to be-and no doubt have been for a long time- determined mainly by an inordinate desire for some temporal or mutable good. Macbeth is actuated in his conduct mainly by an inordinate desire for worldly honors; his delight lies primarily in buying ...
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  • None - 1,428 words
    Oedipus the King - Tragic Justice of Fate by Tina Uhlig Oedipus the King is one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Dramatic irony is a much-used literary device in this play and its unusual structure serves as an explanation for its enduring popularity. Oedipus is portrayed as a character of social conscience whose tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is brought on by a combination of human and divine actions. The central theme is the incest of Oedipus with his mother; and then, the killing of his father. Depending on how one reads the intricacies and vaguenes ...
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  • Things Fall Apart - 804 words
    Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe where he tells two different stories at the same time. One is of Okonkwo, the villager whose rise to power is halted because of all of his misfortunes. The other is of Okonkwos village, Umuofia, and its struggle to hold on to its cultural tradition while facing colonialism from the West. The title, Things Fall Apart, describes perfectly what happens to both Okonkwo and his village. Okonkwos life falls apart and as a result, he commits suicide by hanging himself. The cultural tradition of Umuofia falls apart, and becomes influenced by the West. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe uses Okonkwo and the villages falling out to show how African culture, as wel ...
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  • The Donner Party - 4,463 words
    ... eryone who still could walked beside the wagons now to spare the exhausted oxen. They were racing against time and the weather, desperate to get over the mountains and into California before snow blocked the heights. There was no sign of Stanton or McCutcheon or of the relief they promised to bring from Sutter's Fort. With the death of Snyder and the banishment of James Reed, the Donner Party was coming apart. On October 7th, Lewis Keseberg turned an aging Belgian emigrant named Hardkoop out of his wagon. No one else would take him in. The old man fell farther and father behind and was last seen sitting by the road, unable to walk. On the night of October 12th, Paiute Indians killed 21 o ...
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  • Comparison Of Ordinary People To Errands By Guest - 1,481 words
    A native of Detroit, Michigan, Judith Guest graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in education. After teaching school for a few years, she worked briefly for a newspaper. Although she never had any formal training in writing, she gained fame in 1976 when her book Ordinary People became a best seller. Ordinary People was the first unsolicited manuscript which Viking Press accepted in twenty-seven years. Critics praised Guest's realistic portrayal of Conrad, but thought her portrayal of the parents was less impressive. The book was adapted into an award-winning film (Braginsky 171). Like Ordinary People Guest's second book, Second Heaven, was set in middle-class suburbia. Lik ...
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  • Oediphus The King - 2,338 words
    Oedipus the King Oedipus the King starts in the legend where Oedipus, king of Thebes, is trying get rid of the plague in his city. Oedipus sends Creon to the oracles at Delphi to get the answer to the city's problems. Creon is away for a long time, and he returns with Teiresias, the blind prophet. They repeat the oracles' statement: the plague will end only when Laios' murderer is discovered. Sophocles tells the events in order and finally unmask Oedipus as the murderer. That Oedipus acted like he didnt know anything about this was irrelevant; he feels he must be punished for his terrible crime, and so in his despair he blinds himself. His wife and mother Iocaste hangs herself. Creon ascends ...
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  • Aeschylus - 862 words
    In this paper I will be placing my emphasis on tearing apart the story of Oresteia, Greek Tragedy, articles written on the story, and then give me own interpretation. Aeschylus lived approximately from 525- 456 B.C. in the city of Eleusis. The Oresteia was written two years before his death. He wrote the tragedies: Eumenides, Prometheus Bound, The Oresteia, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, among others. In the interpretation given by David Cohen, he describes justice in the Oresteia. In the first few paragraphs, Cohen describes the main point of the book, which is the justice that Zeus enforces. Aeschylus believes strongly that Zeuss laws are not intentionally supposed to harm the innocen ...
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  • Ignorance - 500 words
    In Sophocle's ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone, there is a woman who chooses to go with the feeling inside her heart and obey law of the Gods, rather than to obey civil law. Antigone's bother Eteoles was given a proper burial after a war in their homeland of Thebes. She wants her brother, Polyneices, who was the enemy, also to be given a proper burial, but the king prohibits the burial. Kreon, the king, is the protagonist who displays hubris in his quest for absolute power. Without reason, Kreon accuses the Sentry of greed, Antigone and Ismene of lust for power, and his last son, Haimon, of being a fool in love. Kreon accuses others of crimes and treats them as fools; ironically, however, Kre ...
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