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Macbeth: The Tragic Hero Essay

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The celebrated play, “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, chronicles the events of the protagonist by the same name. His rise, his transformation, and ultimately his demise. Although some may argue Macbeth is a monster due to his actions, it is his human nature that triggers his grievous destiny. A classical hero is an individual who is of noble stature, who has a tragic flaw that can lead to many things including Hamartia, Peripeteia and pathos. Macbeth represents the classical definition of the term, “tragic hero.” His tragic flaw leads to a reversal of fortune, despite his treacherous behaviour, the audience exudes sympathy for Macbeth and, his tragic flaw (his ambition) pilots his ...view middle of the document...

“I will not yield to kiss the ground…lay on, Macduff, and damn’d be him that cries, ‘hold, enough!”’(Act5, Scene7, Lines55-63). The audience understands the hopelessness of Macbeth’s predicament, his pre-destined death and how the witches manipulated him. In his final words Macbeth is shown as the same honourable soldier he was in the first act. His journey is serpentine, in his last fight scene before his death, the audience is reminded why Macbeth is admirable and valiant. He succeeds in maintaining perseverance and dignity, even after he learns he has misinterpreted the apparitions. As his positive characteristics resurface, in his final moments, the audience feels a real sense of sympathy, compassion and sadness for Macbeth. His potential is understood and his future is longer in his control.
Lastly, Macbeth’s ambition is his hamartia, his fatal flaw that triggers his undoing and, consequently, delivers him to his death. Macbeth’s ambition causes him to murder Duncan, evoking the chain of events that leads to his demise. The death of Duncan causes Banquo to be suspicious, which leads to Banquo’s death, sparking Macduff’s suspicion that eventually results in the revolution that kills Macbeth. “My thought, whose...

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