English - Macbeth
posted by TP on .
I have a little trouble understanding my essay question.
This question is:
Is Macbeth a tragic hero according to the classical definition of the term or is he merely a monster? Does Shakespeare succeed in creating sympathy for Macbeth?
To repsond to this question in an essay, I was thinking to write as though the question just said "Is Macbeth a tragic hero?" Because I don't really know what it means by "according to the classical definition of the term" and is it relevant?
I haven't written an essay in over 2 months and I'm getting rusty already. This is how I was thinking of structuring my essay so far:
1st Para: About how he was a tragic hero
2nd Para: A different point on how he was a tragic hero
3rd Para: About how sympathy is created for Macbeth - HE starts off as the 'good guy' and slowly turned bad
And while writing the essay, I'll give exmaples and points to say he WAS a tragic hero, but should I also try and argue why he WASN'T a monster?
I have all the points to say why he was a tragic hero, i.e, he was a noble and loyal general to start with, but his ambition along with the influences of Lady Macbeth and the witches, lead to his tragic death etc.
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. A definition might help you but the plan is good for a five-paragraph essay.
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4. (Macbeth): http://www.field-of-themes.com/shakespeare/essays/Emacbeth3.htm
5. (enotes): http://www.enotes.com/macbeth/q-and-a/how-macbeth-tragic-hero-3786
I think I get the idea of a tragic hero, but for my essay, should I have a point in there somewhere to argue how he is a tragic monster and not a monster, because the question asks "Is Macbeth a tragic hero.....or a monster?"
Please reread the question. It seems to me your choice is between these two:
* Macbeth is a tragic hero.
* Macbeth is a monster.
There's no such thing as a tragic monster, as far as I remember!
sorry, a typo.
It was meant to say Tragic Hero, not tragic monster