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    Joseph Saddler, who has an alias as Grandmaster Flash, is an American hip hop recording artist and one of the pioneers of hip-hop, Djing, cutting, and mixing. His family migrated to the United States from Barbados, in the Caribbean. He grew up in The Bronx, New York where he attended Samuel Gompers High School, a public vocational school. There he learned how to repair electronic equipment. His parents played an important role in his interest in music as he was fascinated by his father’s music…

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    One of the distinguished literary theory 's brought forth by Aristotle is the theory of the tragic hero. A comprehensive definition of this theory is a character whether in film or book who makes a judgment error that leads to the character’s own destruction. For this question I will be looking at Joe Paterno and why I consider him to be an excellent example of a tragic hero. I will break down his story as a tragic hero in parts as illustrated in the class notes. Tragic Hero Part 1: The first…

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    In some stories, we are taken through a journey with protagonist and at the end of his or her story, the protagonist finds his or herself facing a disastrous situation or a tragic ending. Certain actions arise that bring a morally good tragic hero from happiness to distress which is led by a hamartia; an error in judgement many times due to lack of knowledge or full understanding of a situation. According to our textbook, the definition of a Tragedy is “the representation of serious and…

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    In the novel, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the protagonist is faced with many challenges that ultimately end in tragedy. In addition, a tragedy in Shakespearean plays always involve a man of high estate, a flaw in character, misconceptions, rationalizations, murder, and death of a tragic hero. Order is always restored, but it takes the sacrifice of the hero to make this possible. A tragic hero is someone who leads to their own downfall from the start due to a personal weakness within their…

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    What classifies as a tragic hero has seemingly gone unaltered through centuries of literature. Many characteristics of classic tragic heroes such as Shakespeare’s Othello, and Hamlet, and Sophocles’ Oedipus, are practically paralleled in characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Willy Loman from modern works of literature. Nobility through strength-whether mental, emotional, or physical can be recognized as a heroic trait of literary tragic heroes. What commonly identifies these characters as…

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    To feign or not to feign: that is the question surrounding the behavior and actions of one of literature's most enigmatic tragic heroes. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the question is often asked of whether or not Hamlet is indeed insane, or feigning insanity for his own personal desire of investigating the truth behind Claudius and his role in murdering his father without raising too much suspicion on his part. After centuries of debate on the topic, Franco Zeffirelli came in confidently…

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    In Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus possesses several characteristics that qualify him to be a man of honor in classical Greek literature. However, in Emily Wilson’s translation, Odysseus’s epithet is described as “complicated”, and in Robert Fagles’s translation, he is referred to as a “man of twists and turns” (Homer, The Odyssey, 1.1). Odysseus’s moral values encompass those of a hero, such as his outstanding capabilities as a warrior and tactician, but his negligence and exaggerated…

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    Willy: A Tragically Tragic, Tragic Hero Tragedy, tragedy is such a bitter word, it’s affiliated with horrendous events like mass shootings, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks; although that may seem explicit, it’s not. Tragedy means “A dreadful event”, like a flood, but that’s just the mere surface of things, tragedy, or a dreadful event could be a man being laid off work, whom then would have no money, then no food, and eventually no life; that is tragedy. Arthur Millers concept of…

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    Many times, in a novel, a tragic hero will be presented as a wholesome character, who winds up badly because he was being just and brave. Aristotle’s view on tragic heroes was that they had to evoke empathy from the reader, and had to be relatable. A tragic hero must also possess qualities of goodness. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, the main character Okonkwo deliberately chooses to have a certain personality based on what he thinks is perfectly masculine. Based on Aristotle’s view about a…

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    Questions 1: Of the plays we have read this term, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III had interesting plot points outside of their respective genres. The first play is categorized as a comedy because of the nature of the plot and the happy conclusion. Despite the cheerful nature of the start of the play, there is a secret plot to ruin Claudio and Hero’s love that could have turned the final act into the ending of Othello. The other play, Richard III, is considered a history because it…

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