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her to feel indifferent to the crimes that she has to plot. "Make thick my blood;/ Stop up the access and passage to remorse..." The concept of character in terms of Aristotle's "perfect tragedy" is different than that of the above. In an ideal tragedy, the character portrayed should be neither extremely bad nor extremely good; instead, he should be in-between extremes. In actuality, Macbeth can be described as being in-between the two extremes because of his generally good nature in the beginning of the play. Macbeth is also not extremely bad; although that may appear to be true, he is not an apathetic mass murderer. He has an internal conflict, and one part of that conflict is the fact that his conscience is not silenced at all. Most of the time, the only reason why he continues with his evil deeds is because it is too late for him to turn back. "For mine own good/ All causes shall give way. I am in blood/ Stepped so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o'er." The character in a perfect tragedy should also be of high status. That is true of Macbeth throughout the length of the play; his status never really drops because he ascends from being Thane of Glamis to Thane of Cawdor and finally, to King of Scotland. In most, if not all respects of plot and character, Macbeth fits Aristotle's standards of a tragedy. It is the dark undertone found throughout Macbeth that makes it the tragedy that it is noted to be; though it does not yet have the "Hollywood status" like Romeo and Juliet, there is no doubt that it has the capability to attain that status. It is considered to be a tragedy by today's standards as well as the standards of classical Greece.
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