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Misfortune and Comedy in Shakespeare's Play, A Winter's Tale - ... However, strangely none of the deaths occur on stage, rather both deaths are announced to the king through someone else. Paulina being the most important of the messengers, for she was the one caring for both Hermione and Mamillius. The way in which she announces Hermione’s death is peculiar, “I say she's dead; I'll swear it. If word nor oath prevail not, go and see: if you can bring tincture or luster in her lip, her eye, heat outwardly or [breathe] within” (50). She confirms that Hermione is in fact dead, but still want Leontes to go forth and see for himself....   [tags: suffering, death, revenge] 1071 words
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Ironic Misfortune - Ironic Misfortune Everything I learned in locksmith school was important to me. The variety of tools intrigued and amazed me, especially when I discovered that using tools didn't require very much strength as I had previously thought. I bolstered with pride that I was learning the mysterious secrets of the ancient trade. In my earlier years, I had dropped out of high school, consequently; my choice of jobs were limited. The prospect of an occupation other then tolerating the clumsy drooling drunks that frequented the lounges at which I had worked, delighted me....   [tags: Papers] 898 words
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How Poor Decisions Brought Misfortune in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Choices determine every outcome, A better way to put it is “What we do in life, echoes in eternity”, essentially every single decision one makes , no matter how minuscule, will always have an impact in one’s life. Fate isn’t real; Fate is a term commonly used by those that refuse to accept that they control their own future. Teenagers ever since the beginning of time were and still are expected to make poor choices due to their age. But once they learn to take responsibility for their actions they become adults....   [tags: fate, impulse, death] 1056 words
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Macbeth's Path to Misfortune in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth's Path to Misfortune in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth is seen as a tragic hero, he compromises his honor and neglects moral responsibility to attain power and position resulting in his tragic end. The significant events that are mentioned in this paper are events that are unfolded to show the path that led a misfortuned man to lose his honor in his tragic end. A Tragic hero is defined as someone whose life is determined by four important elements: The first and most important of these elements is fate....   [tags: Papers] 2166 words
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Conceit and Misfortune in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield - Conceit and Misfortune in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield From three hundred years of Ireland’s history, The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction1[1] collects a combination of complete works and samples of the works of many great Irish authors. Among the authors included in this volume is Oliver Goldsmith, an Irishman of great diversity in his writings and remembered perhaps as well for his individuality, character and generosity as for the various poems, essays, and works of fiction that he contributed to literary world....   [tags: Vicar Wakefield]
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Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and in the Movie West Side Stories - “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have for both are infinite.” (Act 2, scene 2, 146) Love is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time and will most likely carry on until the end. Everyone has their own love, and their of definition of what love actually means. Probably the most well known love stories of all time in the play from the 15th century, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of young love and fatal misfortune....   [tags: love misfortune, tragedy, fools] 865 words
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The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe - ... This description of the setting also adds to the confusion of the narrator, due to the fact he desires to know the reasons related to the Raven’s visit to his home. Moreover, Poe describes his setting using adjectives with evil and unfriendly suggestions in order to allow his audience to grasp the unannounced visit of the Raven and its bringing of sad news. Poe uses word choice that is highly appropriate for his setting and the visit of the Raven within the poem. He mentions the Raven visits in December and that during that time “each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor” (8)....   [tags: depression, confusion, darkness, misfortune]
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Idealism in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband - Idealism is the process of forming and pursuing ideas and values that are often unrealistic. An idealistic person holds high standards for their future. The vision that an individual has for themselves often plays a part in how their life occurs. Oscar Wilde’s 1895 satire, An Ideal Husband, depicts the lives of idealists and the fruition of their ideals. The play revolves around the tumultuous and highly public lives of Robert and Gertrude Chiltern. Robert is a prestigious member of the House of Commons married to an active and well respected socialite, Gertrude....   [tags: misfortune, gertrude, poverty]
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Homelessness and Mental Illness - Imagine a man on the streets, who society has forgotten. This man emits the smell of garbage; he has not bathed in months. This man sits quietly mumbling to himself. To the outer world he is just one of the many homeless, but little does society know that this man has a mental illness as well. Homelessness and mental illness are linked. These two happenings have similar beginnings. Homelessness is influenced by drug and alcohol disuse, being homeless at a young age, money problems, and trauma symptoms....   [tags: infantile misfortune, murder, rape]
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Hamlet by Williams Shakespeare: The Women Hidden in the Shadows - ... 33-34). In act two, Hamlet begins to believe that Gertrude was an accomplice to Claudius because of her hasty marriage and lack of mourning, but that is not the case, rather she understands that she is the reason for his anger. “I doubt it is no other but the main, His father's death and our o'erhasty marriage.” (II.ii.56-57). Hamlet, a male character once again, places her in the position of little importance, that of Claudius’ sidekick. In Act II, scene ii, the King and Queen are welcoming their guests, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern....   [tags: ophelia and gertrude, romance, misfortune] 1153 words
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Brutus and his bad decisions and misfortunes - Brutus: A Tragic Hero The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare depicts a tragic hero, or one who has high standing and causes his own downfall. The tragic hero is Brutus, and he makes multiple and ultimately fatal mistakes that lead to his enlightenment and then his death. Brutus’ death is the result of many misfortunes, including being herded into the conspiracy and thus aiding in the death of Caesar, hearing of the death of his loyal wife, and waging a war against Rome. Brutus’ negative characteristics are his flawed reasoning and bad judgment....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays] 798 words
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Misfortunes of Dreams in Everyday Use” by Alice Walker - ... Maggie lacks any drive or ambition and feels inferior to Dee. In short Mama describes Dee merely by saying “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nice hair and a fuller figure” (61): “She would always look anyone in the eye: Hesitation was no part of her nature” (60). But she does refer to Dee’s proclivity to be materialistic: “Dee wants nice thing …. At sixteen she had a style of her own: and knew what style was” (61). Mama’s dramatic description of herself leaves nothing to the imagination: “In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands....   [tags: resentment, relationships, irony]
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Hagar is to Blame for her own Misfurtune in Margaret Lawrence's The Stone Angel - It is impossible to avoid unpleasant situations throughout an individual’s lifetime, especially if they are a result of bad luck or another combination of events beyond one’s control. Misfortune however can also be self-inflicted. This particular case is apparent in Margaret Lawrence’s The Stone Angel, a novel in which the protagonist, Hagar Shipley’s continuous misfortune is a direct result of several of her character flaws. An exaggerated sense of pride, a lack of compassion and empathy and an inability to communicate clearly are Hagar’s most prominent character flaws, and perpetually bring about misfortune....   [tags: essays research papers] 1049 words
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Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes Of The Past - Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes of the Past On page 132 we read "Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone." What does this mean in regards to Siddhartha and any other of the characters in Hesse's story. Do you agree with this statement. Explain. This quote is taken from the context of when Siddhartha is crossing the river and he sees his reflection and it looks like his father. This quote refers to a repeating of events....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Overcoming Misfortunes in Siddhartha - Overcoming Misfortunes in Siddhartha On page 132 we read "Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone." What does this mean in regards to Siddhartha and any other of the characters in Hesse's story. Do you agree with this statement. Explain. This quote is taken from the context of when Siddhartha is crossing the river and he sees his reflection and it looks like his father. This quote refers to a repeating of events....   [tags: Hesse Siddhartha Essays] 561 words
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Misfortunes Make You Finally L - Misfortunes make you finally learn. Teenagers tend to want more liberty and want to move out of their parent’s house, when they eventually do that they end up hating it because it did not met their expectations. When people are young and immature they make decisions, due to a certain lust or desire, which they latter on regret. Urging too much for something sometimes causes for you to take your distractions off the consequences, because you do not see them. These ignorant people will become understanding as they mature, and realize that some things in life our not quite as easy as they seem....   [tags: essays research papers] 575 words
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Crime in The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoes - ​Crime has been something that has plagued us as a species since we started walking the Earth. Although it didn’t create a face for itself until the Eighteenth-Century when there became a split in economic identity, as well as a separation in gender. In Daniel Defoe’s “The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders,” the central female character, is driven by a lust to rise above what she has been born into, but through a series of unfortunate events and gender norm, she is forced to step out of social norms to achieve the life that she believes that she deserves....   [tags: industrial revolution, victms ] 1000 words
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Evolving Relationships in the Novel, Sula by Toni Morrison - In the novel, Sula by Toni Morrison, there is not one single main character. The story revolves around two girls, Sula Peace and Nel Wright, and how they interact and contribute to each other's identity and the identity of Bottom. In the beginning, the friendship is a positive aspect to both the girls' identity and the identity of Bottom, but after an unfortunate betrayal by Sula, Nel's identity is affected, and the town bands together against the cause of their misfortunes. In the first part of the novel, Nel is constricted to little communication with anyone other than her mother....   [tags: misfortunes, personality, identity] 646 words
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The Scorned Lover of Sir Philip Sidney's "Sonnet 31" - ... Were Astrophel’s love not unrequited, he might describe the moon as a glowing white orb lending itself to the joy of a midnight stroll; given that his love is unrequited, however, the face of the moon presents itself not as beautiful and radiant but as wan, suggesting that its pallid color owes its explanation to illness and despair. Astrophel’s reference to the “busy archer” he holds accountable for arbitrarily influencing man’s emotions is undoubtedly a reference to Cupid, the god of love who, with his arrows, can inspire feelings of love and admiration so intense the person affected finds himself unable to act in his best interest, regardless of how his particular object of affection...   [tags: misfortunes, unrequited, sorrow]
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Tragic Heroes - Creon and Antigone - Who is the more of a tragic hero, Creon or Antigone. They both experienced much through out play, but Anitgone is clearly the “better” tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw, misfortune, and her fall from grace prove that she is much better than Creon as a tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw is arrogance, and she shows it through out the story. She also “accepts that it is her flaw and she causes everything unlike Creon who believes it is the Gods that are causing his misfortune not his flaw. Antigone first sign of arrogance is in the beginning of the play where she and her sister, Ismene, are having a conflict about whether or not they should bury the brother....   [tags: Shakespearen Literature] 693 words
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Death by Thomas Nagel - In Thomas Nagel’s “Death,” he questions whether death is a bad thing, if it is assumed that death is the permanent end of our existence. Besides addressing whether death is a bad thing, Nagel focuses on whether or not it is something that people should be fearful of. He also explores whether death is evil. Death is defined as permanent death, without any form of consciousness, while evil is defined as the deprivation of some quality or characteristic. In his conclusion, he reaffirms that conscious existence ends at death and that there is no subject to experience death and death ultimately deprives a person of life....   [tags: analyzing death, book review]
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Thomas Nagel´s Theories on Death - #2 Death is perceived as a bad thing to most people in the world, though it is natural and inevitable. Every person who has ever lived has also died and so will everyone who ever lives. So why are people so afraid of it. Is it because death entails an endless blackness and lack of anything or anyone. Or as others believe, is it because death is a permanent end to life. It must be that people fear death because it deprives us of the good things life brings such as feeling, emotion, and perception among other things....   [tags: evil, death, die, exist] 537 words
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Amy Tan's The Joyluck Club - ... When Ted tells her that he wants to have a divorce, she sulks for a few days, but then realizes her problem. Calling him over, she gives him the divorce papers, his name still there, but lacking hers. His shock was appropriate, since the viewers too felt the same surprise. The story takes a powerful turn, as Rose "felt nothing, no fear, no anger" (219). She no longer feared disappointing him and being different from him. She developed from the little girl who would listen to others, into an adult who made her own decisions....   [tags: story analysis]
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Exploring the Characters of Havisham and Magwich in Dickens' Great Expectations - Dickens seems to develop characters who are so compelling that the reader needs to know what’s going to happen next... When we first met Magwich he seems to be a nasty and manipulative convict, bullying a small, naive little boy called Pip for basic food of which he is lacking, shortly after Pip meets him again but your opinion of Magwich changes entirely he defends Pip of the stealing actions he bullied him into. Then he is unthought-of for some time in the book until he appears again after Pips transformation from young lower class boy to a gentleman....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1096 words
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Willy Loman Is The Cause Of Hi - Willy Loman is the cause of his own misfortune Many characters in literature are the cause of their own misfortune. In the play Death of a Salesman by author Miller, Willy Loman is responsible for his misfortune as well as the misfortune of his two sons Happy and Biff. Willy creates his own small world in which he is the boss, everything goes around him, nothing will change and nothing will go wrong. But by thinking this way Willy causes his own misfortune. Willy brags to his boys that he is well liked, that he is a 'big man';, but in reality he is not....   [tags: essays research papers] 949 words
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Superstition's Symbolic Spirit in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain focuses on the institution of slavery in the South. Twain further satirizes different institutions in the book, including religion. Twain ultimately accentuates superstition more than religion. Mark Twain’s emphasizing superstition seeks to provide protection, hope, and moral growth for the underclass. The superstitions that ensue in the novel exist to protect Huck and Jim. The occurrence of a distressing spider superstition provides warning to Huck....   [tags: religion, jim, superstitions]
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The adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain focuses on the institution of slavery in the South. Twain further satirizes different institutions in the book, including religion. Twain ultimately accentuates superstition more than religion. Mark Twain’s emphasizing superstition seeks to provide protection, hope, and moral growth for the underclass. The superstitions that ensue in the novel exist to protect Huck and Jim. The occurrence of a distressing spider superstition provides warning to Huck....   [tags: superstition, slavery, religion]
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Witchcraft in Contemporary African Society - I. INTRODUCTION The Enlightenment and the emerging of modern rationalism have paved the way to a worldview where the suspicion of witchcraft is not needed to explain the mysterious phenomena of this world. This is not the case in Africa. The belief in the existence of witches, evil persons who are able to harm others by using mystical powers, is part of the common cultural knowledge. Samuel Waje Kunhiyop states, “Almost all African societies believe in witchcraft in one form or another. Belief in witchcraft is the traditional way of explaining the ultimate cause of evil, misfortune or death.” The African worldview is holistic....   [tags: african culture, magic] 2504 words
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Violence and Politics - Violence and Politics Let's talk about absolutely ridiculous pronouncements people make that either ignore simple fact or border on insanity. How about this one: Violence is no way to settle anything. Evidence suggests that violence is a very effective way of settling things. How about a few examples. In 1776, violence settled whether the thirteen colonies would be independent or remain under King George's thumb. In 1865, violence settled whether there'd be a Confederacy and a Union or just a Union....   [tags: Political Government Essays] 978 words
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Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya - Rejection and denial of one’s situation often hinders improvement. Conversely, acceptance allows improvement to occur; this is demonstrated by Rukmani, the protagonist of Kamala Markandaya’s novel, Nectar in a Sieve, who survives a stream of misfortunes by accepting, rather than denying, her situation. When she accepts misfortune as having occurred, she is able to seek for improvement. Through Rukmani’s plight and struggles, it is shown that in order to survive through periods of struggle and hardship, one must accept one’s situation to be able to improve from it....   [tags: story and character analysis] 581 words
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Characteristics of a Classical Hero Demonstrated in The Labours of Hercules - “The Labours of Hercules” introduces the most famous Greek hero in mythology, Hercules. He completes twelve immense tasks at an early age for killing his family while under a curse from Hera. The story of his labours contains many reasons why Hercules is classified as a classical hero. Hercules exhibits many of the traits of a classical hero, including numerous guides, hazardous journeys and several hardships and afflictions. Hercules demonstrates one trait of a classical hero by asking for or accepting assistance from other characters throughout the story....   [tags: The Labours of Hercules] 541 words
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Use of Foreshadowing and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - Though Fortunato is an intelligent wine expert, his expertise leads him to his death. In Italian the word Fortunato means fortunate, something that he is not by the end of the story. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and dramatic irony and verbal irony to show Fortunato’s misfortunes which eventually lead to his death. Irony and foreshadowing are literary devices used in literature. Foreshadowing is when an element in the story is used to hint an event that will occur further along in the story....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe] 634 words
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Koreans and the Japanese Occupation: The Curse of the Kim’s Daughters by Park Kyong-ni - Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope” (Brainy Quotes). Even though a nation agonizes over its collapse, it must never lose its optimistic views for the future. Korea was a nation that was annexed, however the determination for liberation was never diminished. Korea became a colony of Japan in 1910 for its natural resources and also for its territory which had an advantageous position, geographically. Thousands of Koreans who resisted annexation were killed by the Japanese military....   [tags: korean history, economy, politics] 2183 words
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The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin - The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas is a short story written by Ursula Le Guin. In her story, Le Guin creates a model Utilitarian society in which the majority of its citizens are devoid of suffering; allowing them to become an expressive, artistic population. Le Guin’s unrelenting pursuit of making the reader imagine a rich, happy and festival abundant society mushrooms and ultimately climaxes with the introduction of the outlet for all of Omelas’ avoided misfortune....   [tags: utilitarian society, kant, welfare]
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Rise Above the Misery in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - ... Similarly, the same theme also emerges when Valjean begins the process of acquiring Cosette, he gives her a doll and she looks at it as if “someone had suddenly said to her: Little girl, you are the queen of France” (341). The aforementioned quotation demonstrates how with the one simple gesture, Valjean giving the mistreated Cosette a doll, her whole world outlook is changed. By following through with that kind gift, Valjean transforms a simple, meager, mistreated girl and gives her confidence beyond comparison....   [tags: fate, life, symbolism]
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Many Theories from Literary Critics: John Cheever’s The Swimmer - “The Swimmer” is one of John Cheever’s most notorious short stories. John Cheever’s main character is a middle-aged, suburban man, named Needy Merrill. While sitting at his neighbors, the Westerhazy’s, pool, Needy decides that he will take a journey through his neighborhood swimming pools. When Needy first starts off his journey he feels young and enthusiastic; he is then greeted in a joyous manner by his neighborhood friends. Apparently, Needy is a well-known and respected man. As his journey progresses, he starts seeing red and orange leaves; he then realizes that it was fall....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Innocent Murderer: Abigail as a Victim in The Crucible - How can a girl who condemned seventy two to a death sentence and drank a charm to kill a man’s wife, a man she has slept with on more than one occasion be the victim. It’s possible when the town she lives in is worse than her. Although Abigail Williams is typically thought of as the antagonist of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, she is in fact a victim as much as any other tragic character in the play. The true antagonist of the play is the town of Salem itself, because of the judgemental and self concerned peoples, and its oppressive views....   [tags: Arthur Miller play, character analysis] 694 words
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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey - Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays] 1194 words
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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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The Epic of Forrest Gump: Winston Groom - “Epic[s] and Tragedy, Comedy also […], are all in [a] general conception modes of imitation. They differ, however, from one another in three respects- the medium, the objects, the manner or mode of imitation, being in each case distinct” (Poetics, Section 1 Part I). Life is simulated by the interpretations that each genre of poetry evokes its properties of presentation. Aristotle a 4th century Greek philosopher, categorized tragedy into elements of: Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Melody, and Spectacle....   [tags: epic drama, romantic-comedy, aristotle]
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Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing - Tragedy is one of the most popular genres that have been loved for more than a thousand years. This genre was first become popular in Ancient Greece, and significant amount of the classic masterpieces are from Greek playwrights. Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, is a main authority on this genre. He sets some specific rules for each tragedy to cleanse audience’s emotion while enjoying the play. He defines tragedy in Poetics, and his criteria are major sources that determine a genuine tragedy....   [tags: aristotle, tragedy, oedipus, ]
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Symbolic Meaning in John Cheever’s, The Swimmer - In John Cheever’s, “The Swimmer”, on a hot summer Sunday ,while sitting by the pool with his wife and neighbors, as they all complained about their hangovers, a man of higher status named Needy Merrill decides to get home by swimming through the pools in his county. When Needy first starts off his journey he feels young and enthusiastic; he is then greeted in a joyous manner by his neighborhood friends. Apparently, Needy is a well-known and respected man. As his journey progresses he starts seeing red and orange leaves; he then realizes that it was fall....   [tags: The Swimmer Essays]
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Gulliver's Travels: Where Size Doesn't Matter - In Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver's Travels, satire is ever-present: in plot, character and setting. Dystopia and utopia set the story, with grotesque added to sharpen character facets. The title character narrates the novel, and all actions are told through his point of view. His voyages expose him to extraordinary and absurd circumstances, used as fodder for mockery, and all throughout Gulliver’s travails society is ridiculed, and a bitter light is cast on humanity. Character growth is not spared: in the beginning Gulliver is much one-dimensional, and as he changes, Swift uses his growth as another ancillary conduit to let loose more satirical prowess....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Romeo and Juliet's Change of Fate - Is there anything in this world which can occur anytime, anywhere, anyway to anyone. unexpectedly. Yes, it is the change of fate. Everyone in their life have their own fate and everyone in their life experience fate in different manner. Some could have positive result and some could have negative result. As Napoleon Bonaparte said “there is no such thing as an accidents; it is fate misnamed.” This refers to the novel, and a play of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, the two young lover’s life began and ended with misfortune....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, ]
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Traditional Health Care Practices in Africa - Traditional healing refers to a set of practices passed down through generations which intend to cure and prevent disease. In short, traditional medicine is the practice of health care based on traditional philosophy and the use of traditional medicine. In Africa, it presents as a holistic health care strategy which relies on an accumulation of knowledge of herbs and remedies which include plants, insects, and parts of animals. Traditional African healing is intertwined with traditional religions and spirituality....   [tags: cure and prevent diseases, traditional medicine]
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The Tale Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... (3.1.138) Here Hamlet further reinforces death as the best decision by restating death as, metaphorically, sleep. He then illustrates death as an answer to Earthly troubles such as heartache and shock while further cementing death a the most viable option by saying it is something one should wish for. Unfortunately, Hamlet changes pace and acknowledges that there is a catch when death arrives: To sleep: perchance to dream- ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; (3.1.138) In other words, Hamlet explains how humans do not know what awaits th...   [tags: murders, claudius, modern time] 1423 words
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traglear King Lear as an Arthur Miller Tragedy - King Lear as an Arthur Miller Tragedy        If we seek to justify Shakespeare's King Lear as a tragedy by applying Arthur Miller's theory of tragedy and the tragic hero, then we might find Lear is not a great tragedy, and the character Lear is hardly passable for a tragic hero. However, if we take Aristotle's theory of tragedy to examine this play, it would fit much more neatly and easily. This is not because Aristotle prescribes using nobility for the subject of a tragedy, but, more importantly, because he emphasizes the purpose of tragedy -- to arouse pity and fear in the audience, and thus purge them of such emotions....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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