Discuss how Macbeth and other Shakespearian tragedies are important enough to study.I'm supposed to choose a tragedy, so i've chosen Macbeth, and then present a seminar on whether or not...

Discuss how Macbeth and other Shakespearian tragedies are important enough to study.

I'm supposed to choose a tragedy, so i've chosen Macbeth, and then present a seminar on whether or not Shakespeare should be studied. I've decided to say that we should study Shakespeare.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that one of the most important reasons why the study of Shakespearean tragedy is important is because it reveals fundamental aspects of human existence.  This exists on the level of how individuals react to certain elements as well as to one another.  The Shakespearean tragedy presents human frailty and weakness in contexts that can be easily understood.  For example, in seeing Macbeth's hunger for power, we recognize how important it is to not covet it so very much.  In seeing the intimate dynamics of the relationship Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, we recognize how essential it is to have balance in our dealings with loved ones and the importance of perspective.  The study of Shakespearean tragedy is to operate as a warning of sorts to us in the modern setting.  Shakespearean tragedy attempts to tell us, the modern reader, what to do and how we should live by giving us examples of what not to do and how we should not live.  This element of warning and caution is what makes Shakespearean tragedies like Macbeth essential to study, important upon which to reflect, and needed elements in our daily lives as we reflect what to do and what shall be done.

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