Posted by TP on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 3:11am.
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.
English - Macbeth - SraJMcGin, Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 3:50am
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
English - Macbeth - TP, Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 4:19am
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?"
English - Macbeth - Writeacher, Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 9:00am
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!
English - Macbeth - TP, Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 8:44pm
sorry, a typo.
It was meant to say Tragic Hero, not tragic monster
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