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You are in the gym. You look around, watching the others around you as they work. A personal trainer is standing, yelling at her patron to “work harder”, “you only have one left”, “you can do it!” The person on the bench is working hard, trying his best to complete his task. Now you turn your head to the left and watch a group of men bench pressing. They are listening to loud music, yelling at each other to work harder. One of these men is starting to look sick, sweating and huffing loudly, clearly overworking. He is stressing his body, trying to keep up with his buddies, not wanting to look weaker. “Peer pressure and social norms are powerful influences on behaviour, and they are classic...
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Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller in 1949, won a Pulitzer Prize and established Miller’s international status. The play conveys issues of social realism and family complications as it explores the life of a man who lives in a fragmented state of reality with unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Arthur Miller’s play raises the question of the significance and value of the American dream by contrasting the two different views of becoming successful; one view believes that hard-work and support will lead to success, while the other relies on popularity, attractiveness, and likability to be successful.
Willy, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, and his family have lived...
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The idea of dramatic tragedy is a classical one, discussed in Aristotle's Poetics. Before it can be established as to whether Miller really has written a tragedy or not, the very concept of tragedy must be investigated. Aristotle asserted, 'Tragedy is a representation, an imitation, of an action.1? He went on to outline the common features tragic drama must have. Tragedy has six elements, which, in order of importance, are: plot, character, thought, music, language, and spectacle. The plot requires peripeteia, anagnorisis, and cathartic effect. It must take place in one day, in one setting, with a unity of plot (i.e. all tragic, no comic subplot). The character must be ?good? (there is...
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The Nobility of Labor and the
The whaling industry in the 1800’s went largely unnoticed by people of high social standing. Businessmen, attornies, and other professionals frowned upon whaling. Many viewed whalers as nothing more than common butchers killing to make a living. Society looked down on people who would dirty their hands, or lower themselves to such common labor. Melville’s portrayal of the whaling industry countered these beliefs. He showed that whaling took men of great courage and bravery. The characters aboard the Pequod demonstrated tremendous spirit. Their adventures placed the whaling industry in a very different light. With...
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“I wished to frighten the country by a picture of what its industrial masters were doing to their victims; entirely by chance I stumbled on another discovery—what they were doing to the meat-supply of the civilized world. In other words, I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident hit it in the stomach” (Yoder 9). With the publication of a single book, Upton Sinclair found himself an overnight phenomenon receiving international response. In late 1904, Sinclair left for Chicago to tell the story of the poor common workingmen and women unfairly enslaved by the vast monopolistic enterprises. He found that he could go anywhere in the stockyards provided that he “[wore] old clothes… and...
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The Age of Jackson must have been an exciting time. There were electoral scandals, Indian removals, bank vetoes, and nullification. Jackson was the first president from the west, the first to be nominated at a formal political convention, and the first to hold office without a college education. Jackson owned slaves, many acres, and a mansion; he was a frontier aristocrat. He was a fierce military man who had headed the campaign to acquire Florida, and he was seen as a national hero. The Age of Common Man included equality in economic, politic, and reform movements benefited the common people.When...
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Many themes are present in Hemmingway's novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway uses wonderful imagery and symbolism to illustrate the struggles of the old man and the fish throughout the story. "Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated." "'But man is not made for defeat,' he said. 'A man can be destroyed but not defeated.'" In each of these quotes Hemingway is saying that man can be beaten but not overpowered. The old...
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James Joyce's Dubliners - Araby as Epiphany for the Common Man
Joseph Campbell was one of many theorists who have seen basic common denominators in the myths of the world's great religions, Christianity among them, and have demonstrated how elements of myth have found their way into "non-religious" stories. Action heroes, in this respect, are not unlike saints. Biblical stories are, quite simply, the mythos of the Catholic religion, with saints being the heroes in such stories. The Star Wars film saga is, according to Campbell, an example of the hero's maturation via the undertaking of a great quest. Though it is a safe assumption that many of today's film makers are unconscious of the...
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The "Era of the Common Man", through the 1820's and 1830's is also known as the "Age of Jackson". The Jacksonian Democrats thought of themselves as saviors of the common people, the constitution, political democracy, and economic opportunity. To the extent that they attempted to support equal economic opportunity and some aspects of political democracy, I agree with their view of themselves. I cannot agree however, with the notion that Jacksonian Democrats were champions of individual liberties or the constitution. Overall, the Jacksonian Democrats high regard...
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All great tragedies involve to varying degrees the psychological downfall of the protagonist. To explicate this point it is a simple matter to draw upon two tragedies that have remained famous through the ages. They are ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ by Thomas Kyd and the filmic adaption of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by Roman Pollanski. They demonstrate the point through literary techniques like foreshadowing, soliloquies etc. and through in the case of Macbeth through the additional visual techniques that enhance the realism of the psychological emancipation demonstrate that although all great tragedies are in part tragedies of the mind and that the tragedy of the mind is vital for another...
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George Edward Woodberry, author of the Heart of Man, published in 1899, emphasized the significance of the role of the individual as an active and equal partner in American democratic rule: The doctrine of the equality of mankind by virtue of their birth as men, with its consequent right to equality of opportunity for self-development as a part of social justice, establishes a common basis of conviction, in respect to man, and a definite end as one main object of the State; and these elements are primary in the democratic scheme. Liberty is the next step, and is the means by which that end is secured. It is so cardinal in democracy to strive for a balance between the individual and the...
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Comparing Musée des Beaux Arts and Life Cycle of Common Man
"Musée des Beaux Arts" and "Life Cycle of Common Man" share a common theme, though the imagery they use to express it is quite different. Both poems have the theme of life goes on or life stops for no one. The difference in imagery is the difference between the general and the specific. I believe that the theme of both poems lies in the same vein, but they take different paths to its development. Auden speaks more about society in general; then, he gives an interpretation of a painting as an example. On the other hand, Nemerov expresses the theme through the "life cycle" of one man, but is this one man--everyman? The...
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The Development of Common Law and Equity
I have been asked to write a report on the development of common law
and equity. Common law refers to the law created by judges that was
historically significant but has been since superseded by parliament.
It is in parallel with equity which refers to the source of law
created by the Lord Chancellor which was designed to supplement the
common law and allow people the opportunity to avoid the inherent
problems. Equity is ‘the gloss on the common law’. The following
report will go through step by step on how common law and equity have
developed between the years 1066 to our present...
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Nils Christie's book "Crime Control As Industry" discusses various aspects of common sense and how it is used for justice, behavior control, modernity, among others. People around the world have the same basic problem concerning crime control and the delivery of pain administered. However, they all go about fixing this particular problem very differently. Ideas that people believe are common sense in the United States, may be beyond imagination or not desired in other countries.Societies have dispensed an extraordinary variety of disciplinary responses to behaviors seen as immoral, irregular or just a...
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'Can We Attain an Equal America?';
Can we really achieve equality? I do believe it is possible but it is obvious that there is no single answer to such a question. Everyone has their own opinion in regards to this question, however those opinions are useless unless they are actually carried out. According to W.E.B. DuBois racial equality can be achieved through the 'talented tenth,'; an African American elite that would be leaders and role models for the rest of the black community. In The Future of the Race, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West address the topic of Dubois' 1903 essay 'The Talented Tenth.'; When it comes to achieving equality among all races I don't particularly agree...
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Love has lived in many ways throughout time. One good example would be Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet". In this story, love is shown between young Romeo (house of Montague) and Juliet (house of Capulet). love is portrayed in three different forms: love for friends, enemies and for lovers.Love for friends was shown many times throughout the play. Romeo was in love with a girl, Rosaline, who didn't feel the same way about him, as he felt about her. Another problem was, Romeo was distracted and could only think of Rosaline. He also thought no woman could be as fair as she. Romeo's friend,...
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman can be seen as an eulogy of a dreamer, which depicts one man's tragic life and death as he tries to bring his family into grace. Miller does, however, also uses this play to express underlying themes and ideas. Reading Death of a Salesman from the starting point of a Marxist results in the perception that miller uses his play as a means to demonstrate the effects of a changing capitalist society. On the other hand, a psychological reading of Death of a Salesman allows the play to be seen as one mans flight from shame and his own weakened self image. The Marxist perspective is a...
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Kassie CostelloMs. McIntyreEnglish 11228 May 2014Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: English 112 EssayWilliam Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a play that portrays the long-lasting feud between two distinguished families of Verona, Italy. The Montagues and Capulets are sworn enemies, making the love shared between Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) dreadfully difficult to act upon. The star-crossed lovers must remain a secret to all but few, and fate brings them both to an untimely death. Love and death are both prominent themes in this drama, leading it to be one of Shakespeare's most renowned romantic...
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The Relation between Comedy and Tragedy
On the surface, comedy and tragedy seem to be complete polar opposites of each other. In terms of the actual narrative, examining the consequences of the character's actions reveals the biggest contrast. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus' 'sin' of not listening to the Gods and trying to avoid his fate assisted in his downfall. Not only does his internal blindness result in him marrying his mother; it also results in a "plague" across his land. In addition, the blindness towards his own fate causes Oedipus to display a decidedly unkingly side when he accuses Kreon of being the source of the woes of the state. The consequences of Oedipus'...
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William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a story filled with misery and the lack of obedience. It takes part in Verona where two families pour hatred over each other passed on from generations. The hatred between the two families leaves two desperate "star-crossed lovers" in despair and tragedy. In this play many characters may be blamed for the tragedy because they do not do their duty. These certain characters include the motherly nurse, the fiery Tybalt, and the holy Friar Laurence.First, the nurse who shows profound denial of obeying the Capulets and thus has greatly contributed to the tragedy. The nurse must only play caretaker to Juliet and like her master, Capulet, must...
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In this study of revenge and revengers in two Elizabethan revenge tragedies the two plays I shall look at are Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton. I shall look first at the playwrights' handling of the characters of the revengers, and then at the treatment of the revengers by other characters in the plays.
Although having similarities in their underlying themes, and in their adherence to conventions, these two plays present contrasting pictures of the figure of the revenger; Hamlet offering a far more complex treatment of its main character, and The Revenger's Tragedy appearing, in comparison, limited by the author's social message, and...
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In the play Blood Brothers, Willy Russell hangs his story on the superstition that Mrs Lyons uses to trap Mrs Johnstone in silence: that superstition which the is, that should Mickey and Edward discover their brotherhood, they will both die.
We see a huge contrast between Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone. At the beginning of the play, the narrator describes the Mrs Johnstone, the mother, as “cruel”. As we continue with the text, we begin to comprehend with the characters more fully. Referring back to the scene where Mrs Johnstone allows the boys to watch” Swedish Au Pairs”. Mrs Lyons would not be as permissive or tolerant, the reason for that is because she is a higher class.
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Mrs. Hanan-WestEnglish I4/21/04The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Between 1595 and 1596, William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, Which is set in Verona, Italy. In that place there is two young teenagers who were destined to fall in love. But since they came from two different families it caused a lot of drama. For example, When Lord Capulet told Juliet that she will marry Paris, but unknowing to him Juliet was already married to Romeo. So she had to figure...
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Tragedies show events that make the audience feel pity and fear for the tragic heroes because of the things that the characters had to go through. Many people feel that a tragedy is something that is sad and nothing more. However, that is not the case with Aristotle. According to Aristotle, a tragedy has several key components that have to be fulfilled before it can be considered a true tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, a classical play by William Shakespeare, has been called many things. An Aristotelian tragedy is one of them. This play is an Aristotelian tragedy because Romeo has a single tragic flaw, Juliet has a single flaw, and it has many key Aristotelian tragedy characteristics,.
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This is a tale of horror and tragedy in the Congo, beginning with the brutal and exploitative regime of King Leopold II of Belgium, and culminating with the downfall of one of Africa’s most influential figures, Patrice Lumumba. The Congo is but one example of the greater phenomenon of European occupation of Africa. The legacy of this period gives rise to persistent problems in the Congo and throughout Africa. Understanding the roots and causes of this event, as focused through the lense of the Congo, is the subject of this paper.
Primarily this paper will investigate the massacre of more than 10 million the Congolese by Leopold from 1885 and 1908. Although this is a...
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The Common Sense Economics Book includes a quote by Thomas Jefferson that says,
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvements, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
The United States has been in much need of a sensible healthcare reform, but The Affordable Healthcare Act is by far the worst route our government could have taken. The US is the only developed nation that does not have a universal healthcare policy. 76% of Americans are uninsured. I understand the governments need to “protect...
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The following two paragraphs are a summary of Gloria Jimenez's essay Against the Odds and Against the Common Good. States should neither allow nor encourage state-run lotteries. There are five major arguments that people use to defend lotteries. One is that most lotteries are run honestly, but if gambling is harmful to society it is irrelevant to argue if they are honest or not. The second is that lotteries create jobs, but there are only a small handful of jobs that would be eliminated if lotteries were put out of business. Another argument that would support keeping lotteries is that, other than gambling addicts, people freely choose to buy lottery tickets. This is true, however, there are...
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William Shakespeare made two great plays: The tragedy of Julius Caesar and The tragedy of Othello (The Moor of Venice). In those plays there were methods of manipulation used by one of the characters in each play. Before I go far, allow me to provide you some feedback on both.
Julius Caesar is an exceedingly determined political leader in Rome and his endeavor is to become an autocrat. A soothsayer presaged him that he should “beware the Ides of March.”(1.2.21).The prediction came true and Caesar was assassinated due to the scheming of Marcus, Brutus and Cassius. Caesar’ friend, Antony gave him a great funeral.
On the other hand, Othello is a vastly admired general in the service of...
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14 March 2014
Literary Analysis Essay
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” are written by William Shakespeare. The most common theme in these two plays is treacherous murder because both kings were murdered. Julius Caesar was killed by his friend Brutus. He was murdered in front of everyone. King Duncan was killed in his bedroom while asleep. The similarities between both plays are both were planned murders, done by conspiracy, royals were killed, killers were friends and family, and both were mystical/tragedy plays. The differences between both plays are, Julius Caesar was king when he was murdered, Macbeth killed his uncle in...
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Common Sense, Ethics, and Dogma in The Wife of Bath
In his Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer assembles a band of pilgrims who, at the behest of their host, engage in a story-telling contest along their route. The stories told along the way serve a number of purposes, among them to entertain, to instruct, and to enlighten. In addition to the intrinsic value of the tales taken individually, the tales in their telling reveal much about the tellers. The pitting of tales one against another provides a third level of complexity, revealing the interpersonal dynamics of the societal microcosm comprising the diverse group of pilgrims.
Within the larger context, the tales can be divided into...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of the Common Core State Standards
What a student should know once he/she have completed a grade varies from school to school. On June, 2nd 2010, the Common Core State Standards or C.C.S.S. was officially launched (Rust, 2012, p. 32), which would hold students to specific standards in the English language arts and math skills, thus would prepare he/she in grades k-12 to be career and college ready (Neuman and Roskos, 2013, p.9). The CCSS has positively influenced teachers, students, and school systems; however, the CCSS also has a negative impact on them as well.
School Systems Advantages
First, the school systems benefit from the CCSS. The Common Core...
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Australia as a state is a signatory party to over 900 treaties, which through the terms of their provisions and ratification entail an obligation to act in compliance with that obligation.Although it is a well-settled principle that the ratification of a treaty does not form part of Australian domestic law unless passed into legislation by parliament , a treaty unincorporated into legislation may still bear an influence on the development of common law and the making of administrative decisions .There has been an ever-increasing gap, between the reality of what the state should be doing in compliance with its obligations, and the actions it has actually taken. "Despite a...
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The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, is a great work of literature. I found this book to be a good reading for a course such as "The Common Course"; it is an excellent example of humanity. Hemingway uses this novel as a symbol of the human condition: the struggle to survive and maintain one's dignity in a cruel and heartless...
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The physically of the environmental problems facing Nepal, Korea, and the Russian Fareast are overwhelmingly evident and unfortunately, impossible to ignore. They are factual burdens on these countries’ socioeconomic welfare. Nevertheless, a candid comparison to the Australian and the American experience insinuates a prevailing conflict in values towards the “political importance” of environment problems in lure of necessary social development. According to Elson Strahan’s (2000) article Comparative Environmental Policy: Australia and the U.S., he questions what set of values that will ultimately drive policymakers in these two countries, and thus “…environmental policies must be...
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Death is a universal reality of things that happen on earth. Some accept death for what it is while others try to avoid it. This notion is clearly explored in the poems of Sappho and Gilgamesh. Both look into death, but only Sappho accepts it as a process of life in which the end is not so pleasant. Sappho is fearless towards the unknown and is not fazed by the concept of death or decay. Gilgamesh on the other hand, tries to overcome death by exploring different journeys to obtain immortality and gain physical strenght. Being invincible is his main goal that he tries to accomplish....
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On July 26, 1996 two individuals were walking along the bank of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, did not expect to find one of the oldest complete skeletal remains in the world. While, Kennewick man has gained considerable notoriety, debates have grown over the application of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and whether the Native Americans or Archaeologists have the rights to the body. As soon as the body was found it was studied by anthropologist James Chatters and he discovered “that the skull had characteristics unlike those of modern Native Americans” (Native Americans and Archeologists). As a result, it did not qualify under the NAGPRA...
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Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea to show how you can push through the hardest of times and still not be defeated. The story shows how an old fisherman overcame an unlucky slump with the support from a young boy that loved and helped Santiago named Manolin. Santiago fought through the discrimination of the other old fisherman and refused to give up. Through Santiago’s struggles when trying to catch the great marlin, he kept pursuing his goal. Through sweat and tears Santiago never gives up before accomplishing his goal. He endured the pain of slicing his hands on the fishing line many of times in return to pull up the biggest fish he had ever landed.
In the end Santiago...
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Old Man And The Sea Out of every single book that is in the ninth grade curriculum there is only one that is worth keeping. This one novel is The Old Man and the Sea. Other books students have read throughout the course of the year include; Death Be Not Proud, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Romeo and Juliet, and finally The Odyssey. These books...
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In an age named after a word that means to give spiritual or intellectual insight or to give information to, to inform or instruct (dictionary.com), it is not surprising that an enormous amount of politically related literary work was published. The nature of these works concern Nature itself. In Samuel Johnson's "A dictionary of the English Language", he defines nature in eleven different ways (Norton, 200), all of which reflect the ideals of his time. Today, the definition of nature is barely different, even in the context examples given (dictionary.com). Many other writers of the time produced works concerning nature, mostly focused on the nature of man and his place in...
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The Journey from Illusion to Disillusion in Hemingway's Old Man and The Sea In our world today we are constantly bombarded with messages of illusion and falsity, however the states in which people travel through their lives differ. Some people are suspended in a state of illusion for all their lives, only...
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That salt seawater stench grazes your nose, "gawk gawk" as the seagulls make their infamous noise. The smell of elderly fishers and their cigars. Does this give you any pictures or images? Well this is the scenery and background of the book "The Old Man and the Sea". This proved to be one of Earnest Hemmingway's greatest...
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The tragedy of the commons and the problem of collective action are two key concepts in the world of political science. They act under the assumption that man is a rational being who will act in his own self interest. Humanity id broadly diverse meaning that each individual has their own ideas as to how society should run and how people should live.(heywood) This inevitably results in disagreement and this is where politics steps in. Aristotle described politics as the ‘master science’, ‘the activity through which human beings attempt to improve their lives and create the Good Society.’ Through the tragedy of the commons and the problem of collective action we can see how politics is...
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Man Bites Man: On the Goodness and Shortcomings of AnthroposThe question of whether humanity itself is evil or not is one of the most fundamentalaspects to any cultural world view, and at best a very divisive one. The two majorrepresentatives of this conflict within Christianity and in recent Western culture as a wholewere Pelagius and Augustine. The former of these two thinkers advocated a world-viewfeaturing man as...
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Garret Hardin, the author of "The Tragedy of the Commons", studies the natural cycle of humans using non-replenishable resources, and the causes of the cycle. He states that the human population problem is a member of the class of no technical solutions because it is a Tragedy of Commons. Hardin says that "It is fair to say that most people who anguish over the population problem are trying to find a way to avoid the evils of overpopulation without relinquishing any of the privileges they now...
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Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear
One of the key themes in both Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear
and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is the importance of having a good
understanding of our condition as human beings – knowing ourselves,
the world that surrounds us and our place in it. At the same time,
however, both authors recognize the fact that blindness to this
knowledge of the human condition is a basic mortal trait. Thus, before
we can have an understanding of the human condition, we must endure a
journey to wisdom. The two authors view the journey to wisdom in terms
of metaphors of blindness and seeing. Sight is a frequently used
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William Shakespeare was the greatest playwright of his time. One of his most well-known plays is "The Tragedy of Macbeth". In The Tragedy of Macbeth, the word "blood" appears many times throughout the play. The word has drastic effects on the characters in the play, and it's meaning changes throughout the story. The meaning of "Blood" changes significantly as the story progresses according to the character of Macbeth, and it affects...
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The Causes of the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet
There are many causes to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and throughout
the play Shakespeare's use of language hints to the eventual outcome.
One of the most important causes is the feud between the two families,
Capulet and Montague. It is a major cause because if the feud had not
existed then there would be more chance of Romeo and Juliet being able
to marry. Its importance is shown right at the beginning, during the
Prologue: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes."
By showing its importance this early Shakespeare implies to the
audience that the "feud" will have an impact on...
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We have all seen the movies. Improbable situations, villains, heroes and of course just like all great movies, good always triumphs over evil. What would happen if the hero just sat back and let the villain win? Evil would overcome good, not to mention everyone who depended on the hero would be in danger. Although our everyday lives may not consist of evil villains and heroes in tights, they have been filled with good and evil. The only difference is good does not always prevail. Time and time again we have witnessed acts of terror and vice, one of the most renowned being the Holocaust. Over six million Jews were brutally murdered in Europe. How did the world let this happen? Sir Edmund...
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Oedipus Rex as a Great Greek Tragedy
The reader is told in Aristotle's Poetics that tragedy "arouses the emotions of pity and fear, wonder and awe" (The Poetics 10). To Aristotle, the best type of tragedy involves reversal of a situation, recognition from a character, and suffering. The plot has to be complex, and a normal person should fall from prosperity to misfortune due to some type of mistake. Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, is a great example of a Greek tragedy. Its main plot is Oedipus' goal to find out his true identity, the result being his downfall by finding out he has married his own mother and killed his father. The three unities, noble character, and complex plot, are...
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Only Peace in Death
Tragedy has been apart of human history since the dawning of civilization. Man has been plunged into terrible tragedies for ages. But not until the Greeks and prominent playwrights such as Sophocles did tragedy take on into its own on the stage. Out of this rebirth of tragedy came what has been considered, even by Aristotle himself, the greatest tragedy ever written, Oedipus the King. He delves into the human psyche: bringing forth the notion of predestination, a supposition desperately believed in by humans, betraying the fatal flaws of his hero and manifesting the suffering brought upon the hero by his tragic downfall. Though it was written more than a...