Essay On The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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'The Tragedie of Macbeth': A True Aristotelean Tragedy?

The portrayal of the downfall of an opulent and well liked individual is often referred to as a tragedy, but is this downfall always a tragic event or can it be justifiable? This essay will now define the Aristotelean idea of plot structure. Furthermore it will analyse and discuss if “The Tragedie of Macbeth” applies to said plot structure.

To write and perform tragedies dates back to shortly before 500 B.C.. It took place at the annual Great Dionysia, a dramatic festival the people of Athens organised in honour of the Greek god Dionysus. The great poets of Ancient Greece competed against each other, trying to write the most devastating tragedy, but how does one do that?
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Because Macbeth's ambition has been achieved, greed turns into his hamartia as well, for it is this rapacity for keeping the throne which encourages him into taking another life. The third crime Macbeth commits is the murdering of Macduffe's wife and children. It is this final unexpected turn which will cause the end of Macbeth's journey, for after the slaughtering of his family, Macduffe seeks revenge and raises an army which later goes to attack and kill Macbeth.
Here we clearly see that it is Macbeth's ambition, but also his greediness for keeping the throne which make him commit crime after crime, amplifying the horror, thus striking fear in the hearts of the
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“I haue seene her rise from her bed, throw her Night-Gown vppon her, vnlocke her Closset, take foorth paper, folde it, write vpon't, read it, afterwards Seale it, and againe returne to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleepe” (Actus Quintus, Scena Prima). Here it is revealed that Lady Macbeth is walking in her sleep, and as a doctor and a gentlewoman exchange information, it is also revealed that Lady Macbeth repeatedly washes her hands, which can be seen as an act trying to rid herself of the blood on her hands, namely the blood of King Duncan, but also of Banquo and Macduffe's family, for if it wasn't for her persuading her husband to kill the king, he would not have had to kill the threats he faced whilst on the throne. These things haunt the Lady so much that in the end, she is driven to madness and commits suicide, earning the pity of the
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