Examples Of Aristotelian Tragedy In Macbeth

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Leading by Example It is interesting to think that two different cultures use the same means to create a tragedy play. Aristotle created a set of rules that are used in what is called the Aristotelian Tragedy, the same rules Shakespeare utilizes in his tragedies. “Macbeth,” a play written by William Shakespeare, is a well-known tragedy that follows this Aristotelian Tragedy. “Macbeth” involves a tragic hero who is persuaded to do evil by the antagonists of the play: his wife Lady Macbeth, and the three Weird Sisters. “Macbeth” is a genuine example of a true Aristotelian Tragedy because it depicts downfall of a basically good person, demonstrates the natural human responses of pity and fear, and displays the hero’s demise must come as a result …show more content…
As Banquo’s ghost sits on Macbeth’s chair, it is only Macbeth and the audience who see the ghost; therefore, the only people it imposes terror into are Macbeth and the audience. Banquo’s apparition only imputes Macbeth and the audience, since these are the only factors that have some of the story to hide, due to guilt and fear. These natural responses of human behavior are also a response of the hero’s result of an error or fault. The tragic hero’s demise of personal error or decision is one way the audience’s response is both condolence and terror. The tragic hero’s end is a result of that character’s personal error or decision. This is considered the nemesis, or retribution, of the Aristotelian tragedy where there is punishment for the acts of hubris that the character has acted upon throughout the play. Macbeth has set up his end when he decided to kill King Duncan (II.i.71-73). Before he murdered Duncan, he evaluated as to why he should kill King Duncan. The only thing Macbeth could think of was for the sake of his own ambition. As Macbeth is overtaken by his “inordinate passions,” it reminds the audience that passions and ambitions can lead to ruin …show more content…
His will to fulfill his prophecy and fate is on his terms and not the natural way. Dr. Paul Gleed declares that the tragic hero is accountable for his frailties. It seems as if he is playing Fate and Fortune. Macbeth’s fatal end was a result of his personal error and decision. “Macbeth” is a true Aristotelian tragedy due to the fact that it depicts the downfall of a basically good person such as Macbeth, it demonstrates the audience’s response of pity and fear throughout the tragedy, and it shows the hero’s end is a consequence of a personal error or decision made earlier in the play. William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” reflects the fundamentals of Aristotelian tragedy where the main protagonist must be an admirable person. The tragic hero had to be an all-around, good individual, liked by everyone around them, such as Macbeth. Even though he is well-liked by everyone, Macbeth still encounters a downfall based off of his own ambitions, leaving the audience feeling both fear and remorse. Aristotle would be amazed at an English tragic play like “Macbeth;” for it has followed the rules of the Aristotelian tragedy, making it a true

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