What kind of tragedy is Macbeth?What kind  of a tragedy is Macbeth? Is it a study in ambition, or a study in fear? Does it merely show the case of a 'disobedient' general, or it shows the deep...

What kind of tragedy is Macbeth?

What kind  of a tragedy is Macbeth? Is it a study in ambition, or a study in fear? Does it merely show the case of a 'disobedient' general, or it shows the deep psychological yearnings of every human being?

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I suggest Macbeth is all of the above, except I wouldn't necessarily think of this discussion as discussing what kind of a "tragedy" the play is.  I'd think of it as discussing what is the central subject or idea in the play.  Whatever the central theme is, it is still a tragedy.  Whether it is a play about ambition or fear, it is still the same kind of tragedy.

That said, does it have to be just one of the above?

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akarebel | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Yes, now that you have said it, I get your point. It is a tragedy after all. What I should think about are the various factors that are shown to bring about whatever happens in the play.       Actually I am just a beginner student of English, and I need to develop the sense of looking at things properly. That I why I am looking forward to feedbacks and guidances from every side. The question I have raised here was raised in the classroom by our teacher. Please do carry the discussion further so that we get a more complete idea about it.

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