Macbeth as a Tragedy According to Aristotle

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Glams and was victorious in battle. This victory helped him receive praise from Duncan, an admirable feat achieved by few. The most important detail that Macbeth is truly not just a good but a great man is the fact that at first, even though Lady Macbeth pleaded for him to kill Duncan, he declined. Through Lady Macbeth’s manipulative ways brought about by her lust for power and position, he did indeed kill him and others though. Yet, this in itself if dissected proves he is a great man. Through strategic planning and cunning wits, he was able to murder, and briefly get away with it. Yet, every great man must have a single flaw, which they give into, as stated in the definition of a tragedy. Macbeth’s flaw was ambition, brought about by Lady Macbeth and the witches. Through the imagery they created of him as a valiant, bold and triumphant King, he let his ambitions get the best of him, which led to murder, treachery, deceit and ultimately disaster. The ambition in him was not at full throttle until the witches and his wife fully brought it out of him yet, it was a flaw, unlike a curable sickness or dilemma, which he could not overcome, not even by fate. The aspect of a flaw that the good or great man cannot overcome by fate is the fourth element in Aristotle’s adaptation of a tragedy.
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As stated, Macbeth could have done nothing to prevent his raging desire for success, which brought his downfall. As Aristotle states, when a man gives into his flaw, as Macbeth did, it’s a
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