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    meaning the queen would give birth to a son, a boy who would “prove as stout and courageous as a lion” (Plutarch, 2001, p. 140). Truly an archetypal hero, Alexander came into the world both favored and feared by the gods, for when he came into the world, the soothsayers “ran about town…crying that this day had brought forth something that would prove fatal and destructive to all of Asia” (Plutarch, 2001, p. 141). Alexander’s first

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    Sophocles was one of the greatest playwrights of antiquity, and this of course is not without reason. In his play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses a catastrophic tale to both teach and tell us that no matter what we do, our fate cannot be avoided. Oedipus is the wisest mortal man in Thebes, so it is up to him to find out who killed Laios, a fact unknown to him though, is that he is the murderer of the ex-king Laios. Both his hot temper and the endless pursuit of truth will lead Oedipus into a sticky situation

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    Nora Ephron, essayist and screenwriter, is able to get her point across in her essays just as well as on the big screen. Through narrative stories, with a touch of satire she is able to effectively convey the lessons she’s learned by using ethos, vivid imagery and figurative language through smilie. Ehpron is able to convey her purpose through ethos in the multiple of her narrative stories. She is able to convince the audience of her credibility through each of her vivid stories. In each essay she

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    Miller’s use of rhetorical strategies is used to describe the audience's viewpoint during real-life time events through the fictionalized story of the Salem in which it demonstrates witch trials in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1692-3 in which were the same situation. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was written during the late 40s and the early 50s illustrates the effects of paranoia during the “Red Scare”. Paranoia can make people alter their future outcomes with their actions when

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    In the book, Antigone, written by Sophocles The Oedipus Cycle, Creon is portrayed as a tragic hero. He literally came from the ground up. He was the despised one in the family that wasn’t really ever given much importance to. Creon was always living in the shadow of his big brother, Oedipus, which was the king of Thebes before Creon was. Straight off the bat you could noticed Creon’s hatred he would always feel against anyone and everyone who didn’t agree with him. Creon became the king of Thebes

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    In her dreamy half essay half-diary entry “On Keeping a Notebook”, Joan Didion weaves together stories, associations, reflections, and suggestions to reveal the personal value of using a diary or notebook. While the reader cannot be sure whether the essay is written for anyone else to read, Didion makes her ideas highly compelling through the use of ambiguity, anecdote, circular narrative, stream of consciousness, a casual structure, and subtle self-exemplification. The result of this is an artistic

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    BAB I Introduction 1.1 Background Literature is a form of language; it is valuable for its illustration and illumination of human nature. There are three kinds of literature, such as drama, poetry, and prose. Those have their own characteristics which are different from each other. Unlike drama and poetry, prose is primarily written in paragraph form. Prose is a literary piece which is written in the pattern of ordinary spoken language and within the common flow conversation. According to oxford

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    Julius Caesar: The Influence of The Common Person Former editor-in-chief of the international magazine, The Economist, Walter Bagehot once said, “Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men’s thoughts; to speak other men’s words, to follow other men’s habits.” The plebeians throughout the play of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare were easily influenced by not only the main characters of the play but also by each other. We can

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    Plutarch Chapter Summary

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    people is quite an extraordinary achievement one that, according to Plutarch, Agis fully accomplished. He, from the beginning, asks the question of what a good man looks like. Stated quite early in the book, Plutarch says that “The man, indeed, whose goodness is complete and perfect will have no need at all of glory.” Agis got his glory, obvious in the writing of this book, but he still didn’t have a burning desire of it. Plutarch applies his own logic and belief to this fact simply by writing that

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    Warfare in the Iliad is, as we have seen, an integral part of human life and wider nature. But it is more than that, for it is an essential part of the metaphysical order of the cosmos, the divine arrangements according to which everything behaves the way it does. This central insight is first offered to us in the opening invocation: Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus— that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans to countless agonies, threw many warrior souls deep into Hades

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    Deception and suspicion are powerful tools that can use trust and mistrust as weapons. Many think that the most powerful weapon is trust and honesty in a relationship but unfortunately suspense and deception over power it in most cases. This can be seen in the play Othello by William Shakespeare, when Othello gets tricked by Iago into thinking his wife is cheating on him and many more cases. In the article How Iago Explains the World, by Lee Siegel it highlights the fact that Iago’s deception and

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    The film, Moonlight, demonstrates the complexity of black masculinity by characters, Chiron and Kevin, conforming to the norms of what it means to be a “man” or “masculine” by society’s standards; more specifically black man and their sexuality. Black men are stereotyped to be violent and hypersexual. Kevin promotes hegemonic masculinity (a practice that justifies men's dominant position in society) throughout the film, one in particular when he asked Chiron, “Why you always let people pick on you

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    We all know the classic Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”. For decades, people have been hooked on the story’s incorporation of betrayal, power, and murder. However, one must look at the underlying factors that contribute to the plot itself. Ambition, political intrigue, and conspiracy plays a role on The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by enhancing the plot, capturing the audiences’ attention, and manifesting Shakespearean ideology. As human beings, it is in our very nature to be ambitious. Ambition

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    As society continues to develop and makes new plans, technology in today’s world is starting to raise some questions. Patrick Lin, is a philosopher and director of the ethics emerging group at the state University in California. With the help of the university Patrick Lin wrote an essay called The Big Question: in his essay, he talks about the technologies and ideas in which many people seem to overlook today. In hopes of raising awareness about the upcoming industrial revolution of robotics. the

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    Romeo Juliet Advantages

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    In spite of the fact that reading a Shakespeare play may not speak to most students, there are actually numerous advantages of reading Romeo and Juliet. Teaching Romeo and Juliet in schools will most certainly be helpful to students. The key advantages associated with the study of Romeo and Juliet consist of; students getting to learn about the way people spoke during Shakespeare’s time, the theme of the play being the ones that students can relate to, and the useful life lessons that can be learned

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    Temptations and Trickery: Evils Control in Macbeth Humans are ill-fated for self-destruction. They constantly search for fulfillment in empty pursuits that never fill the hole, and leave them longing for a better life, or none at all. “Better to be dead, to be nothing, than to base one’s joy upon destruction” (Frame, 48); In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the audience is engaged in a grueling tale of the bloodshed against evil. From a murderous man and his wife, to the victims of the play

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    Macbeth, a tragedy written by Shakespeare around 1606, dramatises the consequences that unchecked political ambition can yield. To truly understand Macbeth, however, it is important to know the time period and political context in which it was written. The main theme, excessive ambition leads to great consequences, is interestingly relevant considering how, why, and when Shakespeare wrote the play. Shakespeare drastically altered certain historical events in his writing. Shakespeare likely made these

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    Julius Caesar Flaws

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    William Shakespeare, in his play Julius Caesar, cleverly criticizes the British people and politics using his characters to resemble and represent real Brits. No one is spared from these representations. In Julius Caesar, he point out the flaws throughout the class ranks from the commoners to Queen Elizabeth. Shakespeare uses the Plebeians in Julius Caesar to point out what he identifies as flaws in the common British people. He depicts the Plebeians as being easily influenced and controlled by

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    though, at the same time, he mentions how people thought that he had an ulterior motive for doing such things. Plutarch does not mention Brutus very much except that he had been pardoned by Caesar for fighting against him. Shakespeare, though, makes him out to be a man who loved his country more than men and was willing to die defending it. Antony also seems to be mentioned very little by Plutarch.

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    In Parallel Lives by Plutarch, he portrays Alexander the Great as an outstanding moral individual and an excellent leader of his people. Although Plutarch illustrates Alexander as a wise, compassionate, and ambitious individual, his defense of Alexander against the people who think of Alexander as a bad leader is weak and inefficient. Plutarch’s defense of Alexander’s fallible qualities, such as his drinking problems and his apathy to his people at the later part of his life is questionable and easily

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