Honors English 10: 7
22 August 2014
Thesis: The two Aphorisms here are trying to tell you that your life is short and you need to live it to the fullest before it is too late.
I. “ It is better to die on your feet that to live on your knees” A. Euripides
1. Born in Athens, Greece, around 485 B.C. Married a woman named Meleto and had 3 sons. His family was most likely a prosperous one; his father was named Mnesarchus or Mnesarchide, and his mother was named Cleito. Was raised in a cultured family, was witness to the rebuilding of the Athenian walls after the Persian Wars, but above all belonged to the period of the Peloponnesian War. He was a serious questionr of the values of his day. As a realistic person, he often placed modern ideas and opinions in the mouths of traditional characters.
2. He became one of the best known and most influential dramatists in classical Greek culture; of his 90 plays, 19 have survived. Of the three most famous tragic to come out of ancient Greece the others being Aeschylus and Sophocles Euripides was the last and perhaps the most influential. Euripides competed in the annual Athenian dramatic festivals held in honor of the god Dionysus.He first entered the festival in 455, and won the first of his four victories in 441. He was acquainted with many of the important philosophers of the 5th century B.C., including Sophocles, Protagoras and Anaxagoras, and he owned a large personal library. A few of Euripides's most famous tragedies are
known for taking a new approach to traditional myths: he often changed elements of their stories of portrayed the more fallible, human sides of their heroes and gods. His plays commonly dwelled on the darker side of existence, with plot elements of suffering, revenge and insanity. Their characters are often motivated by strong passions and intense emotions. Euripides often used the plot device known as “deus ex machina,” where a god arrives near the conclusion of the play to settle scores and provide a resolution to the plot. Euripides's work is also notable for its strong, complex female characters; the women in his tragedies can be victims but also avengers. Euripides was famous in his lifetime; he was even caricatured by comedic playwright Aristophanes in the satire Frogs and in other plays. He left Athens in 408, when he was invited to live and write in Macedonia, Greece, by Archelaus, the Macedonian king. He never returned to Athens; he died in Macedonia in 406 B.C.
B. This aphorism means that to die on your feet is that you have stood up to the odds and had lived your life to the fullest even if it was hard. And by living on your knees means you let others control you, you not going out in the world and doing what is fun to you; not living your life to the fullest. ( Is better to live in control and in charge than at someone else's mercy.) II. “When you’re in bed you’re dead,” (Albom 31). A. Morrie Albom
B. This quote means that one day you will be in bed, a coffin so get up and enjoy the days that are left in your life. If you are to
remain in bed, you will surrender yourself to death by forfeiting the simple enjoyment in everyday activities that you will miss if you don’t enjoy them now while you have time to. III. Both aphorisms talk about living your life to the fullest while you have the chance. Don’t let anyone tell you how to live your life, be in control.
A. You need to live your life to the fullest
B. Don’t let people control your life
C. Do what makes you happy even though life is hard at times, have an open mind. IV. Conclusion: No matter what, good times or bad don’t have regrets in your life and fulfill it with happiness. Live life as if you’d die the next day. In Morrie’s aphorism he describes that if you act like you are dead, for ...
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