Compare And Contrast Tragic Heroes And Oj Simpson

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Twenty-first-century athletes are often given the hero-status that in the Renaissance era was saved for the political leaders and warriors of their time. Athletes are often highly paid, highly publicized, superior in their athletic ability, and famous for their charisma. The fans follow their every movement both on their stage (the playing field) and in their private lives as well. This is why on June 13, 1995, when the world learned of the horrific murders of Nicole Brown Simpson (former wife of O.J. Simpson) and Ronald Goldman, people were shocked and a media circus ensued as the public learned that one of their heroes, O.J. Simpson was the suspected murdered in this gruesome crime. Despite bearing some superficial differences, the similarities between O.J. Simpson and Shakespeare's tragic heroes are remarkable.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.” Gandhi’s quote is an excellent example of many modern and tragic heroes. Even though Shakespeare constructed heros centuries ago, traits of a modern hero are still similar to ones referred to during the renaissance era. Athletes of today are put on a pedestal similar to the role of a hero. When the media displays athletes they expect them to be held to the same standards of a hero when in reality they are just normal humans. The former NFL running back O.J. Simpson, a once hero who fell from the pedestal he was on, shares

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