The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1052 Words Oct 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Brandon Hunter
Mrs. Gaestel
English II
2 October, 2015
“Tragedy” of Macbeth Macbeth, a play written by one of the most influential English writers of all time William Shakespeare. It was created to be a Shakespearean tragedy. A tragedy as Aristotle defines it as: “Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude …. through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions” (Aristotle: Poetics). What this is saying for a tragedy is that it should have the audience feel pity towards the main character and fearful of what is to happen to the character, which Macbeth does not create throughout the whole play. Then Macbeth himself is supposed to fit the definition of a tragic hero. A tragic hero should have morals, superiority to others, a flaw that leads to the character 's demise, and should realize that what is happening to him is his fault. Macbeth is not a tragic hero because he loses his morals, gains his final leap of superiority by regicide, and he never realizes that it is because of his own doings that leads to his end, and Macbeth the play is not a tragedy because it does not create pity and fear throughout the entire play. The first reason Macbeth the play is not a tragedy is that it does not create pity towards the protagonist. This happens because the character Macbeth committed murder and starts to become gready. The first murder that Macbeth commits is that of the King of Scotland. He does…
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