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Kim BlairPer5Interpretive TestMacbeth-Aristotelian TragedyThe definition of tragedy in an excerpt from Aristotles Poetics is the re-creation complete within itself of an important moral action The relevance of Aristotles Poetics to Shakespeares play Macbeth defines the making of a dramatic tragedy and presents the general principles of the construction of this genre Aristotles attention throughout most of his Poetics is directed towards the requirements and expectations of the plot Plot the soul of tragedy Aristotle says must be an imitation of a noble and complete action In Macbeth Shakespear provides a complete action that is it has what Aristotle identifies as a beginning a middle and an end These divisible sections must and do in the case of Macbeth meet the criterion of their respective placement In an excerpt from Aristotles Poetics it states The separate parts into which tragedy is divided are Prologue Episode Exodus Choric songs this last being divided into Parodos and Stasimon The prologos is that entire part of a tragedy which precedes the Parodos of the Chorus The Episode is that entire part of a tragedy which is between complete choric songs The Exodos is that entire part of a tragedy which has no choric song after it Of the Choric part the Parodos is the first undivided utterance of the ChorusShakespeare follows this precise arrangement of parts to tell his story of Macbeth Macbeth is divided into five acts It contains a Prologue Episode Exodus Parodos and Stasimon but is the only one of Shakespeares plays that does not include Choric songs This does not dismiss Macbeth as a tragedy in the Aristotelian sense because it still follows Aristotles fundamental component of a plot That the arrangement of actions and episodes arrange themselves into a causally connected seamless whole The ideal arrangement of action into a plot is Exposition Inciting Action Rising Action Turning PointClimax Falling Action and Denouement Macbeth follows each of these
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