Shakespeare's Macbeth As Tragic Hero Essay

906 words - 4 pages

Macbeth as Tragic Hero

 
    Aristotle defined a tragic character is a man who “falls into misfortune through some flaw." (Grube, 5) Shakespeare's tragic hero is a man who falls from his position of honor and respect due to a flaw in character and ultimately arrives at a fatal end. (Nostbakken, 2) Macbeth is an epitome of a tragic hero. He had a good nature, but was driven by greed and a quest for power. Macbeth had been a military hero,  loved and praised by the people, but his blind ambition resulted in his destruction, and all his past greatness and happiness were lost. This essay will explore Macbeth’s path toward destruction and show how he became the epitome of a tragic hero.

 

     Macbeth was obviously a patriot and the protector of the king at the beginning of the play. (Slethaug, 13) We imagine him to be a good warrior with extraordinary prowess and loyalty. He defeated the insurgent troops and was highly trusted. As Duncan said, "He is a gentleman on whom I built An absolute trust". (I.iv.14-15) Even the King had great love in this real hero.

 

     But his was controlled under the supernatural force when he met the witches of prophecy, contributing to the degeneration of this character. When the witches foretold Macbeth that he was to be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glasmis and King hereafter, Macbeth's ambition to the kingship had been aroused. He said, " My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical¡K"(I.iii.140) shows that he started imagining to get the throne by evil means for the fulfillment of the promised kingship.  The imperfect speakers of misleading prophecies brainwashed him, striving up his deep ambition and leading him to step closer to the edge of dismal abyss. And later they also gave apparitions to Macbeth, which contributed to his defeat when later his confidence collapsed as illusions failed him (Elloway, 62). Macbeth's steeping in the supernatural put him into tragic.

            

     Lady Macbeth played an important role in the downfall of Macbeth's life to evil. She is a whole-hearted fiend, who played a more masculine and decisive role than Macbeth. (Wain, 104) She knew Macbeth had ambition yet frail, so she poured her evil spirit in his ear. "We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail." (I.vii.69-71) This is the turning point, where Lady Macbeth placed her husband in a false position by upholding him to commit the murder deed, (Elloway, 20) and it is also a point that Macbeth made his wrong judgement in life to get the throne by evil act. After committing the murder he could not turn back anymore from the darkness. The serious error in his judgement, became the flaw in his character, which finally put himself into a great...

Find Another Essay On Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero

Macbeth as a tragic hero Essay

696 words - 3 pages Macbeth the Tragic hero "I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell." This is a quote from Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The quote symbolizes Macbeth turning to the dark side. Macbeth is a historically based play. James I is placed into the play with his distant relationship with Banguo. Macbeth is a tragedy in which human actions have unavoidable...

Macbeth as A Tragic Hero Essay

2503 words - 10 pages Macbeth as A Tragic Hero The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors that contribute to the character of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. Macbeth is a typical tragic hero through his personality, actions, and qualities. One of Macbeth's traits that evoke the idea of a tragic hero is that he is worthy of the reader's interest. A tragic hero must be...

Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

1010 words - 4 pages A tragic hero is defined as a person who holds a seat of authority or power, but is doomed to eventually fall. The hero's tragic flaw, usually hubris or hamartia (excessive pride and rashness respectively), results in a spiraling downfall. Macbeth exemplifies these characteristics of a tragic hero. He is of noble birth and succumbs to hubris and his ambitious nature. By being victimized by not only the witches, but also his wife and the reader's...

macbeth as a tragic hero

788 words - 3 pages      A Shakespearean tragic hero starts out as a noble person; a great exceptional being who stands out. A tragic hero has a tragic flaw of an exaggerated trait that leads to their downfall and eventually to death. William Shakespeare often made his main characters tragic heroes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the role of the tragic hero is given to the main character: Macbeth. This is because he starts off as a...

Shakespeare's Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

976 words - 4 pages Macbeth is a Tragic Hero                 "Shakespeare's tragic hero is a man of noble birth who falls from a position of honor and respect due to a flaw in his character. He freely chooses a course of action which ultimately causes him suffering and brings him to a fatal end."(Campbell 129) Macbeth is the epitome of a tragic hero who rises high then falls rock bottom to his death. Macbeth, once a noble man, follows the advice of witches,...

Shakespeare's Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

1165 words - 5 pages In the late 16th century and early 17th century, no playwright was better known than William Shakespeare. He was especially known for many famous tragedies. When Shakespeare wrote these plays he took many key aspects into account to create as much of an impact as possible on the reader or the audience. Macbeth, for example, is about one man, Macbeth who does what he thinks is necessary to become king but dies tragically due to...

Shakespeare's Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

1848 words - 7 pages Macbeth is a Tragic Hero In many respects Macbeth, of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is the least admirable tragic hero of literature. Typical tragic heroes have at least a few admirable character traits. One may, or may not like the hero, but there is something in their characters or their situation on which one can hang some sympathy, even if there is not enough for us to rationalize away their actions. But Macbeth is a mass...

Macbeth as a Tragic Hero.in Shakespeare's Macbeth

732 words - 3 pages Macbeth as a Tragic Hero.in Shakespeare's Macbeth When William Shakespeare created "Macbeth" he included in the title character all the key elements of a tragic hero. Macbeth has a decline from his good standing, reaches a lowest point and soon after turns himself around, the epiphany, and finally rises in his morals and standing; however it is too late and his death is apparent. Macbeth's decline begins when he heeds the witches...

Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero

2784 words - 11 pages Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero In this essay I will be exploring how far Macbeth is considered to be a Shakespearean tragic hero. According to A.C Bradley, the man who defined what a Shakespearean tragic hero is, a typical Shakespearean tragic hero is a person of greatness and high power. We can see at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is the 'Thane of Glamis' but is then promoted, due to the execution of a...

Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes

889 words - 4 pages Macbeth and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes      William Shakespeare has written many literary works - from his sonnets to his plays, each has it's own individual characteristics.  One popular characteristic that comes from his plays is the tragic hero.  The audience can always relate to the tragic hero and the many trials he faces.  Macbeth and Hamlet are just two of Shakespeare's plays that involve the tragic hero.  Through their nobility, tragic...

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as tragic heroes in Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

1519 words - 6 pages In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth are both examples of tragic heroes who possess a tragic flaw. According to Webster's dictionary, a tragic flaw is defined as "a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy." Macbeth held within his character the flaw of ambition, as well as moral weakness and selective perception, which all eventually contributed to his untimely death. In Lady Macbeth's...

Similar Essays

Shakespeare's Macbeth As Tragic Hero Essay

707 words - 3 pages Macbeth as Tragic Hero       A tragic hero is usually a person of high esteem or social ranking cursed with a flaw or obsession that will eventually lead to their demise. Macbeth is a tragic hero. Examining the events that occur as Macbeth travels the typical path of a tragic hero easily supports this claim.   Before Macbeth is even introduced to the audience, Duncan and Ross speak of his greatness. When it is discovered that the...

Macbeth As A Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare's Play

2107 words - 8 pages Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth is a Shakespearian play involving an ambitious brave warrior, (Macbeth) who is cousin to the King of Scotland. The play focuses on Macbeths ambitions. Macbeth meets three weird sisters, who predict that one day he would be king. But Macbeth's ambition over took his life as he ended up doing anything to become king, even kill the ones closest to him. There...

Macbeth As A Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare's Play

2152 words - 9 pages Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The play ‘Macbeth’ gives us many opportunities to consider the reasons for Macbeth’s actions. In this essay I will be considering the factors that have made Macbeth behave in such a way that he goes as far as killing his King, his companions, his companions’ families and drove his wife Lady MacBeth to commit suicide. I will also be talking about the techniques that...

Shakespeare's Macbeth The Tragic Hero

786 words - 3 pages Macbeth - The Tragic Hero       Every true Elizabethan Tragedy comes complete with a tragic hero.  The tragedy Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, has a perfect example of a tragic hero, otherwise known as Macbeth.  A tragic hero must be a man who is great and admirable in various ways.  He should be placed in society in such a way that everything he does affects all of the members of his society.  A tragic hero should at some...