Macbeth A Tragic Hero Essay

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Macbeth- A Tragic Hero The meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by MicrosoftWorks dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness." There were many characters in the play Macbeth that were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes as a result of his own actions, were without doubt a victim of this. Macbeth's actions lead him to his very nemesis. Right from the beginning of the play Macbeth's tragedy was evident through forces which were not human; the supernatural if you will. These forces were of the witches. The next factor involved in determining Macbeth's fate was his own actions and decisions. Lady Macbeth was the second reason for Macbeth's tragedy. Without her support in helping with his decisions Macbeth would never have had the strength to lie, scheme, and destroy to such extremes. The last, and most devastating to Macbeth, was his crippled conscious which made him act out of selfishness and lust. The order of these factors was definitely provoked by the evilness and twisted nature of the witches, because if it weren't for their influence Macbeth would never have turned his desires into reality. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is but a general fighting for his country. His fellow fighter's admire Macbeth, for in theirEye's, and even in the eyes of the highest of authority, his nobility and courageousness are looked up to. His success for his achievements is rewarded making his confidence stronger. But this is only the beginning, and soon these good fortunes will come to a tragic end. The audience is then introduced to a group of witches. Three witches who appear wicked and repulsive. They seem to signify all that is wrong and corrupt. Macbeth's over confident attitude is the first characteristic that the witches detect, and they take advantage of this trait to make his life as miserable as they possibly can. He encounters the witches in Act1, scene1, and from this point he is now a step closer to realising what his future holds... so he thinks. The witches first address Macbeth as king, and Banguo as one "Lesser than Macbeth."(1.2.65) Infact, Macbeth isn't king, never the less, the witches insist in prophesising that he is and will be. The witches are already planting seeds of persuasion into his head which are made to bloom into tragedy. These destructive and manipulative forces the witches have power over alter his viewpoints about his values and morals beyond the point of no return. Already, it is a...

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