tragedy Essay Examples

Is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe A Tragedy?

The word “tragedy” refers primarily to a literary composition in which a central character called a tragic protagonist or hero suffers some serious misfortune which is not accidental, but in that the misfortune is logically connected with the hero’s actions. [1] When we read this definition of tragedy, it gives us a feeling that it… View Article

Who Do You Blame For The Tragedy Of Book IV Of The Aeneid?

ook IV of The Aeneid a great tragedy occurs in the form of Queen Dido’s death. The Queen is deeply in love with Aeneas due to Aeneas’ mother, Venus, and his half brother, Cupid, ensnaring Dido’s heart in the poisonous web of love to prevent her from attacking and killing Aeneas and his men. During… View Article

How does Shakespeare demonstrate the power of the mind in Macbeth?

Macbeth is a play famous for murder and its references to blood. It is usually associated with bad luck and evil; however, there is one main issue that appears time and time again throughout the play – what is it that drives the characters to do the things that they do? Shakespeare explores and presents… View Article

Explain how the part of Macbeth should be played to show

Explain how the part of Macbeth should be played to show how he reacts to events and how his relationship with Lady Macbeth develops in this scene. Act two scene two is very significant to the play, as this is where the tragedy of Macbeth really begins. Up until then, Macbeth can still change his… View Article

How I Would Direct Act 5 Scene 1 From Macbeth

Introduction If I were to direct a new version of Scene 1 of Act 5 in Macbeth I would make it a modernised version. The characters would wear modern clothes and live in modern surroundings and the story would have to be slightly altered to fit this modern setting. I think that I could still… View Article

The Staging of Macbeth, Act 5: Scene 1

Macbeth is a tragedy of Ambition. In Act 5 Scene 1 we can tell that there has been a substantial lapse of time, for the deterioration of Lady Macbeth’s nervous condition has progressed sizeably. In the early stages of the play, she was strong willed, more so than Macbeth, but now the roles have reversed…. View Article

Macbeth’s changing state of mind

With close reference to three key scenes within the play, explore the dramatic devices that Shakespeare employs to reflect Macbeth’s changing state of mind. Macbeth is another one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, based on Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. It tells us about the fall of the ambitious couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth…. View Article

Why Did Macbeth Kill Duncan?

The title in this essay is a very straightforward question. This however does not make it an easy one. There are many factors that contribute to Macbeth’s final decision to kill Duncan. I have narrowed it down to four overriding factors, Macbeth’s desire to rule Scotland, Duncan’s vulnerability, Lady Macbeth, and The Witches. All of… View Article

Is Macbeth a Shakespearean Tragic Hero?

In many of Shakespeare’s plays a tragic hero appears and is often the focal point. In order to conclude whether Macbeth’s character falls in to that particular category. I need to consider what factors create a tragic hero. The tragic hero often originates as a figure of greatness and someone with a high social status…. View Article

The tragedy of Death of a Salesman has Biff as the central focus

The play Death of a Salesman has many of the features of a tragedy. In the play Biff goes from a popular sportsman with scholarships to universities and high hopes for his future, to a farmhand. His father Willy goes from a salesman with a perfect son to being very unhappy and disappointed in Biff… View Article

Tragedy is portrayed through the characters

‘The Crucible’ is a play written by Arthur Miller which was written in 1953. Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ explores the paranoia and hysteria of the Salem Witch trials of 1692 and the almost parallel events of the McCarthy ‘Witch Hunts’ of Communist sympathisers in 1950s America. It also illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created… View Article

English Macbeth coursework

Is the supernatural wholly responsible for the tragedy that occurs or is Macbeth fatally flawed and responsible for his own heinous crimes? It is my contention that all of the central characters have some integral part to play in the tragedy that occurs. Each have some function in the heinous crimes, and hence one individual… View Article

How far does Macbeth deserve the title “Butcher”?

When deciding whether or not Macbeth is deserving of the title “butcher” it is a hard decision. There were many contributions by other characters which influenced Macbeth’s actions: such as Duncan crowning Malcolm as his successor and giving the title Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth making in which the last one was a traitor: Banquo… View Article

The tragedy of ‘Macbeth’

In the tragedy of ‘Macbeth’, explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as ‘cruel ministers’, a ‘butcher’ and a ‘fiend like queen’ The Shakespearian play ‘Macbeth’ is one the four greatest tragedies, encompassing witchcraft, crime and punishment, evil temptations, guilt, remorse and above all, greed for power. ‘Macbeth’ was probably written… View Article