Peripeteia In Macbeth

What is the Peripeteia and Catharsis in the play Macbeth and how is it demonstrated?

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"Perepetia" is when a Greek hero realizes everything he believed in is wrong. "Catharsis" is  defined as

  1. A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
  2. A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.

In Macbeth there are two key points where he experiences Perepetia. The first occurs just after the killing of Duncan and before Macbeth arranges the murderers to kill Fleance and

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victorlee | Student

Dear danylyshen,

I got confused after reading your response...

What you wrote up there does not seem to be peripeteia, but anagnorisis.

I just don't know anymore the difference between these two Aristotle's greek tragedy elements. Thanks.

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