Wynberg girls high-pat orpen-english-macbeth as tragedy

  • 522 views
Uploaded on

Macbeth as tragedy in English

Macbeth as tragedy in English

More in: Education
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
522
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0

Actions

Shares
Downloads
11
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Macbeth as Tragedy
    • Tragic means very sad especially involving death or grief or destruction.
    • A tragedy commonly means any story with a sad ending
    • Aristolelian or Shakespearean tragedy is different:
    • The hero or heroine in a Shakespearean tragedy is a person with standing and potential; ‘better than we are’
    • He /she has a fatal flaw (moral weakness) and makes certain mistakes / errors of judgement (‘hamartia’) which lead to his / her downfall
  • 2.
    • One common form of ‘hamartia’ in Greek tragedies was ‘hubris’, pride or self-confidence that leads a protagonist to disregard a divine warning or to violate an important law.
    • What is Macbeth’s ‘fatal flaw”? Does he have more than one?
    • Lady Macbeth?
    • What important law do they violate?
  • 3.
    • The fortunes of the main character change from good to bad
    • The hero / heroine may achieve some recognition or revelation about human fate or destiny
    • Aristotle terms this recognition ‘a change from ignorance to awareness of a bond of love and hate.’
    • The protagonist / tragic hero / heroine progresses towards self-knowledge and death
  • 4. In Short
    • TRAGIC HEROES ARE:
    • BORN INTO NOBILITY:
    • RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN FATE
    • ENDOWED WITH A TRAGIC FLAW
    • DOOMED TO MAKE A SERIOUS ERROR IN JUDGEMENT
  • 5.
    • EVENTUALLY, TRAGIC HEROES
    • FALL FROM GREAT HEIGHTS OR HIGH ESTEEM
    • REALIZE THEY HAVE MADE AN IRREVERSIBLE MISTAKE
    • FACE AND ACCEPT DEATH WITH HONOR
    • MEET A TRAGIC DEATH
    • FOR ALL TRAGIC HEROES:
    • THE AUDIENCE IS AFFECTED BY PITY and/or FEAR - tragic emotions!
  • 6.
    • If you discuss Macbeth or Lady Macbeth as tragic figures, define ‘tragic’ in the Aristotelian sense
    • Their position in society, ability to be leaders in Scottish society.
    • Did they have fatal flaws and were they guilty of ‘hubris’?
    • Did they help to bring about their own downfalls?
  • 7.
    • Did they get what they hoped for?
    • Did they realize their mistakes and achieve a form of self knowledge or a recognition about human fate or destiny?
    • Did they face death with honour and thus meet tragic deaths?
  • 8.
    • If so, then they died with honour and can be termed tragic figures
    • If not, then they are not tragic heroes in the Aristotelian sense
    • Some may argue that Macbeth is a tragic hero, but not his wife
    • Draw your own conclusions
    • You must give evidence in every point you make