The Hero? In Macbeth The tragedy Macbeth highlights an ambivalent character who wants to be king. This paper will take a close look at his character. Samuel Johnson in The Plays of Shakespeare states that every reader rejoices at the fall of Macbeth (133). In Shakespeare and Tragedy John Bayley talks about Macbeth as a responsible agent for his actions: It is essential to the hypnotic tension of the play that Macbeth should not seem in any ordinary way 'responsible' for his actions.
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As the great critic Harley Granville-Barker observes: "we have in Claudius the makings of the central figure of a tragedy." (Granville-Barker, Prefaces to Shakespeare.3., 269) Bibliography Bradley, A.C. Shakespearean Tragedy. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1966). Burnett, Mark, ed. New Essays on Hamlet.
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Hamlet is told by the ghost to avenge his father's murder. If Hamlet's morality was as strong as it was in the beginning of the play, he would have immediately opposed the ghost. However, he did not oppose the thought of murdering his father's murderer. Hamlet will have a continuous struggle whether to carry out the ghost's deed or to act morally throughout the play. If, throughout, Hamlet is prevented from enacting his revenge by the discomforting ratios that his literary imitations generate, he is equally prevented from repudiating his revenge by his inability to emancipate himself from his father, to be other than an imitation of what has generated him(Kastan 204).
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