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The Characteristics of a Tragedy Play Shakespeare was a well known playwrightSome of his most famous plays were tragediesA tragedy involves the decent of a great man like a king or warrior from the most fortunate success to the to total defeat and deathThe plays Hamlet and Macbeth have many of the characteristics of a tragedyThe characters Hamlet and Macbeth are the tragic heros in the playsHamlet and Macbeth are well known tragedies and the main character in each play is a tragic hero Before discussing the plays Hamlet and Macbeth one must know the characteristics of a tragedyTwo types of tragedy plays area major tragedy and a minor tragedyThe major tragedy usually effects everyoneand the minor tragedy effects a small part of the people The tragic hero must be a great and admirable man in both his powers and opportunitiesHe should be a person in society whose actions involve the well-being of its membersThe plot of the play should show him working to achieve some goal very dear to himThis action will involve him in choicesThere will be a web of circumstances and this will set off a chain of events that could not have been foreseen or stoppedThe hostility of his destiny may be the result of circumstancesof the activities of his enemiesor some supernatural force hostile to him personally or to all humanity such as fatethe gods or SatanWhen it is too late to escape the victim comes to realize what has happened to himand dies bitterburnt-outand desperateThe audience will know more about what is going on before the hero doesand sees his evil destiny at work long before he does This sets up ironical tensionand is a powerful instrument for gaining the sympathy of the audienceThe heros death at the end usually releases him from lifes burdenand the audience from its tensionbut it also releases the heros society from the disorder his downfall had caused
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