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The Tragic Hero,

According to Greek Tragedy Conventions

noble stature (i.e. the tragedy involves the fall of the hero who has a lofty position to fall from)

tragic flaw (Hamartia): fall due to flaw in personality (most common: hubris)

free choice (the hero falls because he chooses one course of action over another)

punishment exceeds the crime (injustice)

increased awareness (understanding of what went wrong before the end)

catharsis /k(r)ss/ in the audience (emotional purgation emotionally drained, but cleansed /klenz/)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Who made Macbeth a murderer?

Can we hold Macbeth fully responsible for the evil deeds in the play?

If Macbeth is a tragic hero, what is Lady Macbeth?

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