Macbeth: Tragedy or Not?
The drama, Macbeth, by Shakespeare, has all the components that define a classic tragedy. To be defined, as a classic tragedy a novel should have a hero, fall of the protagonist, antagonist, turning point, climax, falling action, and resolution. Macbeth shows all requirements. It shows the adventure of Macbeth on his quest to become king. Macbeth make several difficult decisions to reach his goal of being the ruler. A main theme within Macbeth is the destruction that follows when ambition goes beyond moral constraints. He is a brave general who is not naturally inclined to commit evil, yet he is deeply ambitious and desires power. He murders King Duncan against his better judgment and then stumbles in guilt and paranoia. Macbeth was a tragedy because of the loss and destruction of lives. One tragic element was the struggle of the heroic main character, the protagonist; Macbeth, against the superior force of destiny. Specifically, it dealt with the large-scale destruction and loss that resulted from the rise to power, rule, and downfall. The antagonists here were his wife, Lady Macbeth and the three witches. His destiny in that they informed him of his possibilities set his fatally flawed, raging ambition into motion. The deadly mistake rising action of the noble character was another tragic element itself, he was uncontrolled in that yearning position. As he put it, he suffered from a bounding ambition. This was the destruction and death of the heroic main character. The turning point/climax was being put into motion with the killing of Macbeth's conscience and soul with the murders of King Duncan, the two royal guards, his best friend and fellow General Banquo, the entire family and household of his noble friend Macduff. The falling action led to the loss of his beloved Lady Macbeth to madness and then suicide by vague means. The bloodied resolution path between the gaining and the losing of the Scottish throne was paved with the...
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