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p. 876. Politicizing martyrdomlocked

  • Jolyon Mitchell

Abstract

Political figures who commit suicide sometimes have more influence after the event than before. They render themselves memorable by their deaths. Certain deaths are invested with more significance than others. ‘Politicizing martyrdom’ looks at examples of rulers and political leaders who have become martyrs. The apparent ending of a life can mark the beginning of a new life. The more that writers, artists, and ordinary people recreate in their work and speech a martyr's end the greater the legacy will appear. Once a death is described as a martyrdom, value and significance is added to that life.

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