Lin Miranda’s choices influence the audience’s understanding of upcoming events leading up to the duel and the duel itself. Leading up to the duel Miranda builds the suspense and tension between Burr and Hamilton in multiple poems. The first occurrence is in the poem “Arron Burr, Sir” when Burr told Hamilton “While we're talking Let me offer you some free advice Talk less [Burr] What? [Burr] Smile more Ha Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for [Hamilton] You can't be serious [Burr] You wanna get ahead? [Hamilton] Yes [Burr] Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead”. Not only did Lin Miranda foreshadow Hamilton’s soon-to-come death, but he also made Burr seem like a rude person from the start. He made Hamilton and Burr’s …show more content…
If not to take deadly aim? It's him or me, the world will never be the same”. Miranda used Burr’s character to make him sound like he murdered Hamilton and then tried to make it seem like Hamilton was trying to kill Burr as well. Burr is arguing against any thoughts that could’ve said that Hamilton was just coming to talk. He’s saying Hamilton didn’t wear his glasses just to talk, he was planning to aim and shoot Burr. He's also saying the loss of either of them would disrupt the world since they’re both huge aspects of the political and general world. Ron Chernow tells us that both men were neither vengeful nor angry leading up to their final battle. The eye witness from“Eyewitness Testimony: William P. Van Ness, Nathaniel Pendleton” tells us that in fact “Both entered the duel from weak positions, hoping to reap some measure of political rehabilitation.” Miranda altered this information to keep his audience’s heart on Hamilton. If he didn’t, everyone would feel as though the battle was neutral and their emotions wouldn’t be as engaged in the storyline. Another noticeable example is the deadly duel itself. In “ The World Was Wide Enough”, Lin Miranda told the audience that Hamilton was shot in the air and Burr went for the fetal blow while Ron Chernow tells us that this is not the case. Ron Chernow’s “Fatal Errand” stated that “Both guns were discharged with explosive flashes, separated by a split second or perhaps several seconds. Pendleton was adamant that Burr had
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Across this river they arrived at a meeting spot near Weehawken, Jersey. This spot is where infamous shots run out from the pistols in their hands. These pistols were choosing by Hamilton, these pistols belonged to his brother in law, these pistols were also used in a dual in which his son was killed Hamilton was wounded causing his to pass away the fallowing day, as Burr was unharmed in the battle but fought to try to regain his political standing in the eyes of the American people. Within this chapter the author shows how broken and disconnected even the political figures in this country were. This painted a very well picture of this day in American history and created a
Hoffer’s presentations of the characters are not as perfect. His portrayal of Burr is one of very high moral standards and that of a perfect gentleman leading reader’s to believe that Hoffer is quite biased on his opinion of Burr’s character. He seems to think that Burr was not capable of any type of treason, even though we still do not know what Burr’s dealings were on Blennerhassett Island to this day. He, however, is not the first to take such a stand as the same view can be seen in some of the more sympathetic biographies of
The Election of 1800 was a cacophony of compromisation, harsh rivals and vigorous demanding from politicians scattered all across the country. Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson constantly threw the States' majority vote back and forth from each other like a game of tennis- while John Adams was practically shoved out of voters' options, desperate to prevail the other candidates. When push came to shove, it was the supportive positions of Alexander Hamilton and James Bayard that had the most magnitude. Hamilton, the man Burr would later shoot and kill in a duel, sided with Jefferson due to providing a valid argument that Burr was "without scruple," and an "unprincipled...voluptuary" that would wreck havoc across the states, had he win the election.
Ellis also touches how each person described in the novel influences the foundation for the United States. The author included many sources and secondary sources that he used for the novel. One source, Joint Statement by William P. Van Ness and Nathan Pendleton, described the duel between Burr and Hamilton in great detail. The source states what Burr and Hamilton prepared for the duel and how their actions led to Hamilton getting a choice of position. It also states how Hamilton’s shot missed and Burr’s hit Hamilton and killed him the next day.
Since the beginning of their political business, they have always shown animosity towards one another secretly and publicly, but what led to Hamilton’s death is the mere fact that Burr took it to a personal level.
Hamilton was “dashing and consistently audacious style developed as a willful personal wager against the odds of his impoverished origins,” while Burr originated from a more “distinguished bloodline, which gave his aristocratic bearing its roots and biological rationale (Ellis 22).” Both Hamilton and Burr had strict opposing political outlooks, and neither of them were afraid to say exactly what they were thinking, which inevitably caused “a duel of words (Ellis 32).” The “culmination of long-standing personal animosity and political disagreement” subsequently caused the “supercharged political culture of the early republic (Ellis
The Musical depicts Burr as a villain and an opportunistic character whose ambitions ultimately lead to the death of Hamilton. For example, in the song “Aaron Burr, Sir,” Hamilton and Burr first meet, and Hamilton sings, “Talk less / Smile more / Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for,” This passage suggests that Burr is mocking Hamilton’s idealism and locks Hamilton’s convictions. The misconceptions in the musical can provide a misleading experience, leading them to misinterpret Burr’s true intentions when it came to the duel with Hamilton. The lyrics of the musical can still be foreshadowing and backing up why Burr had a duel with Hamilton, according to the text “Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead.”
Alexander Hamilton born on Nevis January 11th 1755 and died on July 12th, but why? Burr shot Hamilton in a duel in 1807. Burr and Hamilton had personal problems with each other. Not only that but political problems too. Hamilton was shot by a Burr of most likely no intention to kill Hamilton after he accepted the duel offer.
This also goes to show how Hamilton wanted to make peace with burr and stop fighting to solve the problems between them and make peace. These are two different ways of characterization but it will be explained how these two can be put together in the next
During this time of duel, Aaron Burr was the Vive President for Thomas Jefferson. This ties back to what we have learned in lecture being that Alexander became the secretary of the Treasury for Washington and he did so in 5 steps. Hamilton was also one of the writers for the “federalist papers” which he wrote 50 essays. Hamilton and Burr were close friends who have known each other for a while and have even been on the battlefield together. So when being shot, it was a shock for Hamilton seeing Burr act differently and not understanding his ways.
After a series of “paper wars” between the political opponents, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, which Hamilton accepted. According to Freeman, Hamilton accepted Burr’s challenge for a number of reasons. “In his mind, the duel; was a praiseworthy attempt to serve the common good... yet it was also an intensely personal attempt to preserve his public career. To prove to the world, and to himself, that he was a man of his word, a man of courage and principle, a leader.”
He takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way, including meeting influential figures like Aaron Burr and impressing George Washington with his military tactics. Burr, who advises Hamilton to "talk less, smile more," is astounded by Hamilton's rapid ascent to success. In the song "Non-Stop," Burr wonders, "Even though we started at the very same time, Alexander Hamilton began to climb. How to account for his rise to the top? " Burr recognizes that Hamilton's relentless work ethic and his unwillingness to give up on his dreams are the driving forces behind his success.
Paragraph 3: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are similar people but both live different lives. They both became orphans at a very young age. Alex was born on January 11, 1755 in Nevis. He was always energetic. Early on when Alex was young, James Hamilton Sr. left them.
Aaron Burr, former Vice President to President Thomas Jefferson, was put on trial in 1807. Burr was accused of conspiring to commit treason by leading an expedition to establish an independent nation in western United States territories. The trial question was whether Burr committed treason and should be punished for it. The prosecution argued that Burr's plans to form a separate nation directly threatened the security of the United States. The defense argued that Burr did not commit treason and that his plans were a peaceful exploration of Western territories rather than a military operation.
Because of many of his radical views, he gained a lot of opposition in both the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties, and was forced to resign, yet still remained popular, with a greatly valued opinion (Brookhiser). Hamilton then lost his firstborn son (Phillip) in a duel when Phillip challenged George Eacker to uphold his father’s honor. And yet Hamilton refused to remain quiet and openly opposed Aaron Burr in the election of 1800, and worked against Burr again when the Vice President ran for New York governorship. In an attempt to heal his wounded pride, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and the discredited Alexander Hamilton died the day after. (Foner).