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To what extent does "Macbeth" fulfil your expectations of a Shakespearean tragedy?

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To what extent does 'Macbeth' fulfil your expectations of a Shakespearean tragedy? My opinion of tragedy is when someone is injured or killed. I would call that tragic. The person doesn't have to be of high status for their death to be tragic and it is more of a tragedy if you personally knew the person. I believe that it is tragic if a person is seriously injured in an accident and has to live with their injury for the rest of their life. This is far more tragic than someone's death as when you die, you are gone but if you are injured for the rest of your life then you have to live with that. However, according to A. C. Bradley, the writer of 'The substance of Shakespearean tragedy', tragedy consists of a lot of things. Shakespearean tragedy must involve the death of a powerful man or woman in high estate and be an exceptional calamity. The death must be a deliberate action of a man or woman. It must include events leading up to the death of an important character or main protagonist and must affect the well being of a whole nation. ...read more.


This was called 'The king's evil' and it was also believed that this power was hereditary. The troubled part of a life, that leads to the death of a hero or heroine or main protagonist is when Macbeth is having hallucinations and worrying about the prophecies. Before Macbeth murders Duncan he keeps imagining a dagger in front of him. 'Is this a dagger which I see before me? The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee: I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.' In act 3, scene 4 Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo due to his guilt of having Banquo murdered. Guilt plays a large part in tragedy as Lady Macbeth starts sleepwalking, as she feels guilty about Duncan's murder. Her guilt then drives her to kill herself, which is tragic. Macbeth being king affects the well being of Scotland as in act 4, scene 3 Malcolm and Macduff discuss this. Macduff says 'each new morn new widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows strike heaven on the face, that it resounds as if it felt with Scotland' Scotland has become worse since Macbeth became king. ...read more.


Macbeth won't be conquered until Great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill. * Macbeth then sees a parade of 8 ghosts which shows all the descendants of kings from Banquo's line The supernatural is involved in 'Macbeth' and I believe this is the main cause of tragedy as if Macbeth hadn't have heard the prophecies then he wouldn't have believed them and wouldn't have done all he could to make them true or untrue. This again shows the powerlessness of man and that what is meant to happen, will happen. 'Macbeth' fulfils my expectations of a Shakespearean tragedy as it follows all the factors given by A. C. Bradley. 'Macbeth' leaves a feeling of catharsis in its audience as I felt upset by the events of the story yet was left with a feeling that it was for the better as evil had been defeated (Macbeth) and good had overcome it (Malcolm). Scotland was a happier place after Macbeth had been defeated. Order was restored and Malcolm brought harmony back to Scotland as he was rightfully king because he was the son of Duncan. I personally found 'Macbeth' quite a tragic story as there is a lot if suffering and many people are killed. ...read more.

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