"Wrestling is not a sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of Suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque." While Barthes' essay was groundbreaking it was focused on semiotics and, consequently, failed to address one of the aspects of professional wrestling that makes it most peculiar.
3) In what sense is Barthes' essay a defense of criticism? What is the basis of his defense? Choose what you think are the most significant statements he makes about the role and value of criticism.
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