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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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    “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon the hero himself so that, instead of making himself better, it makes him worse and when he dies he is not reconciled to the law but defiant…” - W. H. Auden. According to Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, some examples of being a tragic hero can be defined as having a weakness, usually seen in pride, having to be faced with very serious decisions throughout the story, and the hero must have discovered his…

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh is a riveting tale of friendship, strife, and heroism. It follows Gilgamesh, along with his comrade Enkidu, on his journey to becoming immortal. While there are many things about this tale that would classify it as an epic, there are also quite a few elements in the storytelling that are more than often used in the dramatic genre of tragedy. There are many qualities to Gilgamesh that immediately establishes him as an arrogant and egomaniacal king in the mind of the reader.…

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    The play that I chose to read is called “Heracles” and was written by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides around 421-416 B.C.E. (Euripides). The basic story of this tragedy revolves around a man named Heracles, whose family is about to be killed by Lycus, the usurping ruler of Thebes while Heracles is unable to help them as he is in the progress of completing the last of his twelve labors. However, Heracles unexpectedly returns and kills Lycus to save his family from their death only for Hera…

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    The Theme of Hubris in Antigone’s Creon In his well-renowned play Antigone, Sophocles limns Creon as a just leader whose hubris, or excessive pride, ultimately spawns his untimely demise. He initially articulates rational justifications for the implementation of his draconian laws and punishments. However, Creon’s hubris, as evident in his refusal to accept his prophecy conveyed Tiresias, proves to be his tragic flaw, or hamartia, and such experiences help Creon to realize his tragic flaw and…

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    Who Is to Blame? “These violent delights have violent ends” (2.6.9). Who is to blame for this tragedy of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare? People have different opinions, but the facts never lie. The Facts of this play frame Romeo as the one to blame for this tragedy. Due to his abrupt personality, his emotional weakness and his immature actions throughout the play. Romeo’s personality is very abrupt which changes the course of the story. What he wants changes all the…

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    Madness In King Lear

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    To lack good judgement is one of the major themes Shakespeare explores in his masterpiece King Lear, a tragedy concerning the aftermath of the abdication of King Lear. The plot carries a character development; a descend into madness as a result of an act of folly. This paper further examines the origin of Lear’s madness, how the madness is externalised and finally puts the play and theme into historical context. The cause of Lear’s madness can be pinpointed to several places, depending on your…

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    Who’s the True Tragic Heroine? Why do people do the wrong thing, knowing that it is wrong? Then, they feel bad about it and regret doing it. Why not just do the right thing the first time? These are questions that are faced by King Creon in the tragedy, Antigone. Though the tragic drama Antigone was written in the 6th Century B.C, this problem is still faced today (Willocks). King Creon deals with this problem after making the wrong decision to send Antigone to the cave to die for attempting to…

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    Hamlet is largely considered to be one of the greatest works of English literature of all time. Written by one of the greatest writers of all time, William Shakespeare, it tells the story of a young prince whose father is secretly murdered and his mother marries the king’s brother, and the prince avenging his slain father. As with all stories, there are themes that go along in the story that help to understand the story and to put the story in a real life perspective. The themes in this story…

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    Morality as a whole can be represented in many ways. Morality can be represented as a gift that frees us from all evil or the act of wrong. Those that choose to abide by certain rules can be rewarded by a good result but if they choose not to abide by the rules; consequences will be put in place and a dreadful result will follow. Rescue, emphasizes mainly on deception, passion and the true sense of affection. This is represented by how far a person would go in the name of love. Webster together…

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