My daughter has a homework question. What do "Julius Caesar", "Richard the Third" ,"Hamlet", and "Macbeth" all have in common?
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All of these plays have tragic heroes. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is one who meets his doom because of a tragic flaw, but is otherwise a noble and good person. Each of these plays has a hero with a tragic flaw.
All four plays contain a hero whose stuggle for power and leadership of his country ends tragically . All plays, in their various ways, examine the that stuggle, and the consequences of competing for control over others. "Macbeth" is so hungry for power that he kills the rightful king of Scotland and then both he and his wife suffer the consequences of his actions. "Hamlet" stuggles for power and revenge against his uncle, and, in the as a result, brings the death himself and of his entire immediate family. Richard the Third plots to maintain power and control over England, and as he tries to maintain his grip on the country, he himself becomes more and more evil. Eventually, he brings on his own death. Julius Caesar grasps power only to be betrayed by his closest friends.
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