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What does it take to make a tragedy William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of Britains best playwrights His works are now classics especially those labeled as tragedies On the subject of tragedy AC Bradley has to this to say Tragedy is a typical form of mystery because the greatness of soul which it shows oppressed conflicting and destroyed is the highest existence in our minds It forces the mystery upon us and makes us realize vividly the worth of that which is wasted and that such waste of potential greatness nobility of the soul of humanity is truly the tragedy of human existence Thus a tragic pattern emerges n pagShakespeares plays Hamlet Macbeth and Othello demonstrate clearly the elements of a tragic pattern in a Shakespearean play The first of these elements is the first impression and the greatness of the tragic hero The greatness of the hero is normally heard from others in the beginning of the play before the hero even makes his entrance Bradley n pag In Hamlet it is unsure at first to say that Hamlet is as noble and admired as Macbeth and Othello in the beginning Yet by the middle of the story it is seen that Hamlet is a tragic hero because the spectacle of his doings and undoings is profoundly stirring it rouses the emotions of awe and admiration it never makes readers scorn or contempt Scott 124 Unlike Hamlet in the beginning Scott saw Macbeth as a good man noble and admired by all who knew him 101 Similar to Macbeth Othello appeared to be a noble figure generous composed and self-possessed Gerard n pag In Shakespearean tragedies the reader must believe that the hero is really a hero who is admired and loved so that they can see their fall from the top Bradley n pag Bradley put it best when he said that in
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