hamilton .docx - Adama Kaba Hamilton Essay Temptation is something that has negatively impacted many Temptation is a selfish act that is a reflection of

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Adama Kaba Hamilton Essay Temptation is something that has negatively impacted many. Temptation is a selfish act that is a reflection of how weak we are because we are thinking of self satisfaction. In the play, Hamilton , Hamilton encounters temptation, and he does not think about others when this temptation comes around. Hamilton transitions from a morally righteous character in the first Act to a character who surrenders to temptation, and finally to someone who recognizes he is a sinner and reflects/repents his sins. Hamilton ultimately becomes blinded by temptation and loses his identity. This leads to downhill events for Hamilton, where he changes himself and bad habits to the point where he can join the other side now (after life). Hamilton is displayed as a man who wants to take his shot and seize the opportunities he has in life. In the song “My Shot”, Hamilton’s characteristic is presented when he says, “ I am not throwing away my shot! I am not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot!” Hamilton is determined to help his country and does not want to waste his moment, where he can take advantage of this opportunity. Hamilton’s morality and focus is positive because he is fighting for good reasons (freedom for his country). He mentions biblical terms when discussing the freedom of his country in the song, “My Shot”, when he says, “Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand, we roll like Moses, claimin’ our promised land. And? If we win our independence? ‘Zat a guarantee of freedom for our descendants… I know the action in the street is excitin’ , but Jesus between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’ I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’ we need to handle our financial situation”( Hamilton , My Shot). Hamilton’s references to Moses and Jesus show that he is aware of Christian morals, so that he has to work hard to help the people from his land regain their
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freedom just like Moses did in Egypt freeing his people from slavery (Hamilton wants to free the Americans from the red coats). In the last song of Act 1, “Non-Stop”, Burr concludes that Hamilton’s pride will be the doom of him, and will eventually catch up to him later on. Hamilton has been Washington’s right hand man since before the war, but now Washington asks Hamilton to help him take charge of the new government by being the head of the Treasury Department. Burr says, “Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Soon that attitude’s gonna be your doom” ( Hamilton , Non-Stop). The Ensemble in this song also reiterates, “History has its eyes on you,” suggesting that both Burr and the Ensemble are warning Hamilton to be less prideful and more humble, or it will go down hill for him. This warning also suggests that Hamilton’s pride does not only affect people in the government, but also within his own family. Hamilton’s promotion as head of the
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