Discuss Macbeth's relationship to himself. What personal flaws led to his tragic death?why in spite of his cruel deeds and murderous ways was he considered a 'Tragic hero'? Am not asking for direct...

Discuss Macbeth's relationship to himself. What personal flaws led to his tragic death?

why in spite of his cruel deeds and murderous ways was he considered a 'Tragic hero'?

Am not asking for direct answers, I just need guides and detailed steps to which I can be able to write an excellent essay. Like, how to write the introduction, what my thesis statement should be like(not direct answers). I chose to write on AMBITION and MASCULINITY as his personal flaws.

HELP WILL BE GREATLY GREATLY GREATLY appreciated. THANK YOU Enotes!!

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kristenfusaro | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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According to Aristotle, a tragic hero must possess all of the following qualities, which Macbeth does not.

1. The tragic hero must possess a great character and he must fall from a high standing to a low standing. (Macbeth falls from kingship to his death, but his character is not great.)

2. Must possess a tragic flaw (also known as harmatia), but is otherwise a good person. (Macbeth has unchecked ambition, but he also becomes exceedingly cruel, which the reader cannot relate to.)

3. The hero gains awareness after his loss. (Macbeth does not gain awareness, in fact he loses all sense of humanity that can be noted to his lackadaisical reaction to his wife's suicide.)

4. The audience must feel pity and fear for this character. (By the end of the play, the audience is disgusted with Macbeth's continued murdering spree and wishes only for him to receive his punishment.)

 

The best way to formulate a thesis statement is to take an IDEA + YOUR OPINION + WHY. For example: Macbeth cannot be considered a tragic hero because his unchecked ambition causes the audience to never experience pathos for his character.

Then you formulate paragraphs to support this thesis by first choosing quotes that support the concept. A great way to make sure you have enough commentary in your text is to follow the SQUIDS method.

SQUIDS(A reminder of the steps in the process of analysis and commentary)• Select• Quotation: a specific line (or passage)from the text• Understand• Identify (explain, hold forth, etch)• Define/Describe/Deconstruct its• Significance

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