The Ideal Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1896 Words Jul 13th, 2015 8 Pages
Tragedies have been written thousands of years ago and Barbara McManus outlines Aristotle’s theory of the ideal tragedy. According to Aristotle, a “[t]ragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in a language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play, in the form of action not of narrative, with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its katharsis of such emotions,” (McManus). Through analysis through the lens of Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy, Macbeth by William Shakespeare is considered an ideal tragedy as it satisfies every component of his definition. Hence, Macbeth, includes a well constructed plot supported by characters, themes, a proper diction, melody, a proper structure of the play that does not rely on special effects, and a katharsis. To begin, according to Aristotle, the ideal tragedy has a complete plot with various themes and incidents, containing an incentive moment, the event that initiates complication, a desis, that connects the incentive moment to the climax, the lusis, that causes the resolution, the ending of the piece of literature. All of which Macbeth includes. The incentive moment occurs when the witches tell Macbeth his prophecies, informing him he will be king. This event causes Macbeth to murder King Duncan and all the other events that follow, starting up the cause and effect chain. The event that…

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