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In this essay I will be comparing the Shakespearian tragedy Macbeth to an example of Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex The fall of Macbeth is very different from that of Oedipus Macbeths downfall is due to his own personal decisions but in Oedipus case his downfall was due to nothing but fate and the will of the gods and so it was unavoidable as such These downfalls are both different forms of tragic aspects Macbeth causes his own downfall but Oedipus does not knowingly commit any real sins the gods controlled him In Greek tragedy plot was always emphasized over character everyone wore masks These masks would seem to mask a persons character This would make the character seem more universal The mask-wearing protagonist lacks individual personality and character This makes catharsis more relevant because the protagonist is not as individual but more universal they could be anyone Macbeth is an individual person he has no mask This makes catharsis seem more irrelevant because Macbeth is more of on individual than Greek protagonists and therefore the audience doesnt feel that Macbeth is a representation of humanity and themselves Instead they would set him apart as an individual person and therefore catharsis wouldnt apply as much Greek tragedies all feature some kind of religious aspect The gods bring about the protagonists downfall in Oedipus Rex Yet Shakespeares production of Macbeth is not religious Macbeth isnt portrayed as being religious in any way However Oedipus strongly believed in the Greek gods and they carved out his fate as proclaimed by the oracle The Greeks had no understanding of the way that the world works compared to what we or even Shakespeare now know Volcanos were blamed on the gods because the Greeks didnt know the cause We now have scientific explanations for volcanoes and thunderstorms and this reduces our fear The Ancient Greeks feared life because it was a mystery The Ancient Greeks experienced fears about life
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