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Jesus The Tragic Hero Essay

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With Christianity being the number one universalizing religion, many are familiar with at the story of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Though they may not actually belong to the religion, many also celebrate the holidays of Christmas and Easter, both of which are extremely important days in the Christian religion. These two have been used for marketing seasonal goods to the United States in particular. Christmas is the time of extravagant spending for the gifts of children and loved ones, while Easter is a time of chocolate egg hunts, marshmallow peeps, and the Easter Bunny. However, these are quite different from how things occur in the Bible. Christmas is the time to celebrate the son of God becoming man, and Easter is the celebration of his resurrection from the death, which he encountered three days prior. Resurrection isn’t exactly a standard thing, and Jesus does several other things that do not happen to normal people. Jesus himself has a prophecy foretold of him, an unusual birth, an attempt made on his life, is exiled, goes on a quest, has his people turn on him, dies on hill, and has a mystery surrounding his death. Most of all, he is unique. These elements provide evidence of Jesus being a tragic hero.

Jesus has several prophecies foretold about him, one of which would be that, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)” He was born to a virgin, Saint Mary, and conceived through the Holy Ghost. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:1) This quote from Lukes 2:1 shows how Mary and Joseph ended up in Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to her son in a manger, because all the inns turned them away. Jesus was born through God,not through the involvement of her husband, giving him an unusual and noble birth. Meanwhile, King Herod of the Jews heard that there would be a new king born in Bethlehem, he ordered the Massacre of the Innocents, which the Holy Family escaped by fleeing to Egypt. This represents the first attempt on Jesus’s life, which is unsuccessful. The decree Herod releases indirectly exiles the family to another state, to avoid persecution. Before he is a teenager, Jesus has shown five elements of the tragic hero.
Later in his life, when Jesus is nearing his thirties, he goes on a quest to spread the word of his father. He does this through parables, an example being that of the mustard seed. He journeys around doing this, and gathers together twelve men that are to be his faithful disciples. Their names are Simon/Peter, Andrew, James the Greater, John, Philip, Bartholomew, James the Lesser, Simon(Zealot), Judas(son of James), and lastly Judas Iscariot. Along the...

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