The Importance Of The Tragic Hero In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare is credited to be one of the greatest plays ever written. The play deserves such high praise because of its near perfect fit to the standards of Shakespearian tragedy. The play exhibits multiple characters of a tragedy, however the most obvious, and arguably most significant include the use of a tragic hero, hamartia, and catharsis.
Undoubtedly, the most vital part of a Shakespearean tragedy is that the play contains a tragic hero. Previously, in Aristotelian Tragedy, the tragic hero must be a noble man of higher social standing. However in Shakespearean tragedy, there is more emphasis that the tragic hero is a man of high social standing that has an impact on society. The man must also be noble, although high social standing is above all the most important. This causes the tragic hero to have a greater effect on the nation when he
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Catharsis is the process of releasing, and thus providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. This can help explain why people enjoy going to watch horror movies, or read tragedies; they redirect their fear from something rational, to something external, thus giving the audience the sense of a new start of emotions. This gives the audience a chance to leave all old fears and worries in the past because now they have this irrational horror to concern themselves with. In Macbeth, the audience feels pity for Macbeth because he showed incredible bravery to achieve his aspirations. However, the audience also fears Macbeths fate may be closer to there’s than ever imaginable because Macbeth is a relatable very gentleman. Having a spouse go delusional is not too farfetched and may already be half true for some individuals in the audience. Macbeth is admired for his courage and cleverness, yet he is seduced by ambition and it costs Macbeth his life. The audience feels bad for Macbeth when he realizes in his soliloquy that he

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