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    Sutpen's eccentric actions cause pain for others, but his tragic fate at the end indicates the carnivalesque reversal. Being a character in a historical novel, Sutpen’s doom at the end surpasses the personal to encompass the fate of the people he represents. In other words, his narrative acquires an allegorical dimension: He is the typical embodiment of eccentricity as he carries his "design" at the cost of human lives and their dignity. Sutpen’s tale of rise and fall is the story of the…

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    Aristotle's Tragic Hero

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    reputation and prosperity…" and must take at least partial responsibility of his own downfall and learn from his mistake (Kennedy and Gioia, 2013). C.H. Reeves (1952) points out that Aristotle first spoke about his theory on tragedy in general in “Poetics”. Aristotle asserts a true tragic hero is not: A good man going from happiness to misery, a bad man from misery to happiness or an extremely bad man from happiness into misery (Reeves,…

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    In the 1600s, William Shakespeare published his highly acclaimed tragedies, Macbeth and Hamlet. These dramas exhibit the infamous playwright’s classic characteristics of a tragic hero during the Elizabethan era. Generally, an archetypal tragic hero possesses attributes that cause his ultimate defeat. Shakespearean heroes Hamlet and Macbeth represent the epitome of a tragic hero; however, their motives, personalities, and inner thoughts create distinct personas that expose individuality in each…

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    Susan Snyder feels that “heroic extension largely depends on the tragic events” and one in troubles and turmoil embarks on the journey of heroic deeds and accomplishments. “Oedipus becomes wiser in his searching and suffering than was the confident ruler who opened the play. Macbeth in his agony of conscience and his full experience of despair has explored more of the human condition than the admired military man whom we first meet.” (Susan Snyder, King Lear and the Psychology of Dying) King…

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    broken for a little too long: “I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven months...I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still and everlasting funeral marches around your heart” (Miller Crucible 52). John Proctor was a poetic and passionate man. The metaphor and personification amplifies her sorrow, and his failure to make her happy again. While seeking forgiveness, he attempts to find his place in his world, which is an important factor to being a tragic hero…

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    Tragedy In The Birthmark

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    the end of “The Birthmark” was tragic, it isn’t necessarily considered a tragedy. Given the circumstances, Aylmer and his tragic flaws are to blame for the tragedy at the end. A tragic flaw, or hamartia, was first referenced in Aristotle's work “Poetics”, where his idea is that it is an “error of judgement” that brings the character’s downfall. In Greek literature, there will almost always be tragic flaws, a trait in a character that ultimately leads to their downfall. This characteristic…

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    that a tragic hero must possess three characteristics, and Oedipus, being a person of high estate, acquainted with hamartia, and falling from his position and happiness would easily be considered an Aristotelian tragic hero. Aristotle, in his book, Poetics, proposed three characteristics that a character must have in order to be considered a tragic hero. The first is that the character must be “of high estate” (Kennedy and Gioia 2013). This could be achieved either by being part of the…

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    Hamlet Tragic Hero Essay

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    play itself is a tragedy, as many of Shakespeare’s plays are. Hamlet, being the main, central character of the play, is regarded as the so-called hero of the story. Aristotle, a renowned Greek philosopher, invented the idea of a tragic hero in his Poetics, a work on literary, dramatic theory. Though the character Hamlet does not originate from Greek literature, he, by Aristotle’s criteria, encompasses the qualities of a tragic hero. Hamlet, too, is an Aristotelian tragic hero. “Lord Hamlet is a…

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    impact us greatly. We want our favourite characters to have a happy ending and for the villains to get what they deserve. This refers to the idea of poetic justice. When poetic justice is served within literature, it is extremely satisfying to a reader. It is safe to say that in the novels Tale of Despereaux, The Ruins of Gorlan and Harry Potter poetic justice is quite evident. At the start, Despereaux is looked down upon for his strange behaviour that does not align with the rest of the mice…

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    Secondly, another poetic device that Kendrick Lamar uses in his song is irony. Irony is when an event occurs in which is unexpected in the sense that it is somehow in mocking opposition in what would be expected or appropriate. When Kendrick Lamar uses irony, it is in a very serious and thought provoking way. For example, in line 63 the speaker says, “Cause you tried to change your life and now you live in a wheelchair.” This line is ironic because it talks about how someone tried to change…

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