Tragedy Is the Consequence of a Man's Total Compulsion to Evaluate Himself Justly

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Question: “Tragedy is the consequence of a man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly.” Discuss with reference to two plays.

Tragedy occurs when the tragic hero of a play fails to evaluate himself and sees that he is the main problem and the one that is causing society and the good of mankind to suffer. It is because of his compulsion to evaluate himself justly, that tragedy occurs.
Aristotle provided us with a Greek theory of what is tragedy; he defines it as “a form of drama exciting the emotions of pity and fear. It is the imitation of an action that is serious and also having with it a magnitude complete in itself. On the other hand the English, Elizabethan, Shakespearian culture had a total different perspective from the
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But Lady Macbeth confuses manhood with being inhumane, as after Macbeth Kills Duncan he becomes like an animal who is constantly tortured throughout the play by his subconscious and conscious mind, he becomes fearful and refuses to sleep for fear of being killed in the same way.
Oedipus on the other hand considered himself to be too much of a blessed person to be the reason why their country suffers so much, when it was revealed to him that he is actually a curse and was cursed from the beginning of his birth when it was prophesized that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother in addition to having children with her. This evidently shows Oedipus error in Critical thinking, being that because the claims to him were so extraordinary he went on a quest to research the origin of his birth and though it is as obvious and clear to the audience that he did in fact killed his birth father King Laius and marry his mother, Jacosta in addition to having children with her, he needs more concrete proof in an attempt to try and falsify the claim Teresias has made against him.
The third indication of tragedy occurring because of man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly is the failure to heed warning. Both Macbeth and Oedipus failed to follow good advice and heed the warnings. This in a sense is one of their major downfalls flawed by their nature and desire to want to know. Oedipus

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