Macbeth And Death Of A Salesman

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In one’s opinion the plays Macbeth and Death of a Salesman are both tragedies, although many people have different perspectives on what makes a tragic hero actually is. William Shakespeare believes that a tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy that makes an error in his or her actions which lead to his or her downfall. This person must be of high importance for example, a King, Queen etc. Miller has argued that tragedy is not only restricted to Kings, Queens and people of more importance, that a common man is also capable of heroism and tragedy. Both Shakespeare and Miller seem to agree on one thing that the person’s actions contribute to his or her own downfall. Shakespeare states that in a tragedy the main character rises to greatness, and then continues to fall down a disgrace spiral which leads to their down fall. Some characteristics that Shakespeare believes that every tragic hero should have are the following characteristics; the hero is often a king or leader of men, so that his people experience his fall with him. This could also include a leader of a family. The hero learns something from his mistake, and is faced with a serious decision. In order for a tragedy the suffering of the hero should be meaningful. The hero of Shakespeare is almost always male. Shakespeare also concludes that the tragic hero dies at some point of the story. Shakespeare's characters illustrate that tragic heroes are neither fully good nor fully evil. During the development of the plot, a hero's mistakes, rather than his goodness, lead to his tragic downfall. An example of a tragedy is Macbeth. Macbeth is driven up the hill of greatness, and then his untamed ambition leads him to death. The process of a tragedy is slow to let the audience become comfortable with the power and happiness of the main character. Then all of the sudden signs appear that the end is coming and

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