Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

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Justin Hoff May 5th, 2011 “Macbeth as a Tragic Hero” Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, came up with certain criteria for plays which differentiated good plays from poor ones. He also defined certain play genres, namely comedy and tragedy, in ways that are still used today. Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a person with Hamartia, a flaw in the character which leads to his or her downfall. The character is usually noble born, and the audience should feel pity and fear for him. The person must also possess Peripeteia, a negative change in his or her fortune which is usually brought about the character's Hamartia. During this change, the character should come to learn more about his or her self. 1 Macbeth is noble born, the thane of Glamis. The witches also tell him that he is to become the thane of Cawdor, which happens soon after they vanish when the previous thane was found to be a traitor. The witches also tell Macbeth that he is to become king, which suggests that Macbeth is of royal descent. Because he is very distinguished, he believes that he would be next in line for king. This sets Macbeth up for his fall from greatness. Alone, Macbeth would have waited patiently for the event that would make him king of Scotland. However, his first flaw is his ability to be manipulated by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is greedy and impatient; she does not wish to wait for the king to die from natural causes. She
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course ENGL ENGLISH 10 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at LSU.

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