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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