Why George Zimmerman Is (Was) Doomed–and Yet Another Modest Proposal on Guns


Having some awareness of the concept and history of tragedy in the theater may be somewhat helpful, I think, in responding to an out-sized current event such as the George Zimmerman murder trial. Most people would assume that if the word “tragedy” were to be applied at all to this murder case, it would have to be used in reference to the victim, Trayvon Martin. Although I have no wish to minimize the enormity of what happened to Trayvon Martin or to suggest that George Zimmerman deserves to be perceived as some sort of equivalent victim of events, please bear with me, at least for a moment, as I suggest how the current emphases in tragic drama might provide a somewhat different framework for understanding George Zimmerman and what happened during this trial.

In classical and Elizabethan dramas, tragedy requires a noble protagonist brought down by a flaw that leads…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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