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Analysis of the Manipulation and Portrayal of Christ, Helen of Troy, and Cinderella by Yeats, H.D., and Sexton (respectively) and How Tragedy is Shown Through Each By: Kelly Guinan Assignment #1 AUCW 180 Professor Martinelli February 12, 2008
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Guinan, 1 of 4 Each work in this trio has something in common with the others: the authors took something widely known, an archetype of sorts, and presented tit in a vastly different light. Christ, Helen of Troy, and Cinderella are typically presented as positive figures in literature, but the authors, affected by trials and tribulations of their time, interpreted these legends differently to reflect how they felt. Each of the poems effectively captured their prey in the negative spotlight and makes the reader analyze their own position and reconsider their fondness or dedication to these three figures. Yeats portrays Christ not as a savior, but as a result of turmoil and bloodshed. His poem describes the cycle of the world, that every 2000 years one civilization ends and another begins. He does not praise the birth of Christ as a Christian celebration and the baby as the savior of humanity, but sees it as a beginning and an end. He also predicts it happening again, two thousand years later. He describes the second coming to be sphinx-like and announced by the birds amdist turmoil. The image of tragedy is shown in the stanzas: the first consists of an octet, and eight is the Buddhist number for freedom. In the case of the falcon being too far to hear the falconer, Yeats presents this freedom as a negativity. The
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