Revenge In The Film Gladiator

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“For almost three thousand years, revenge has been a central preoccupation of European literature.” ( #2 ) Even today we as students of the world see Aristotle’s influence around us. Especially in the forms of entertainment that we seek, such as movies. The film Gladiator contains the need for revenge; just like the many European literatures before its time. It also follows Aristotle’s guidelines of tragedy. The protagonist, Maximus, suffers from a thirst of revenge for the murderer of his family. As the audience watches this film they are taken through a roller coaster of emotion such as, sympathy for Maximus and fear for his defeat. In the film Gladiator, written by Ridley Scott, follows Aristotle’s guide to tragedy by depicting the protagonist's fatal flaw of vengefulness, the audience's emotions of fear and pity while watching this film. Throughout the course of the film it is obvious that Maximus’s need to avenge the death of his wife and child is the driving force behind his actions, and inevitable death. After a crucial change in power for the Roman empire, General Maximus Decimus Meridius is put into a tough situation. The new Caesar holds a grudge against Maximus and takes it out on his wife and son, creating a storm of rage within the Roman General. Driven by his need for blood, Maximus uses his newfound life as a Gladiator to get close to the emperor. Near the end of the film Maximus and the emperor finally clash, and the duel brings about the death of each

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