907 words - 4 pages
Tragic Hero or Villain?
MacBeth the play is considered a tragedy and every tragedy needs a tragic hero. There are many factors that caused the degeneration of Macbeth. Macbeth is not a villlian in this story he is a tragic hero. The major factor that started the downfall was the prophecy by the witches in Act 1, Scene 3.
The witches were praising Macbeth. The first witch said, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” The second witch said, “ All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawder!” The third witch said, “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter!” When Macbeth and Banquo are leaving the witches Banquo
993 words - 4 pages
When discussing Tragic Hero’s in William Shakespeare’s plays one of the better examples where it can be seen is in Macbeth. Macbeth himself serves as the tragic hero meeting all of the requirements to be considered that. He most definitely start off the play with a high standing among all of Scotland due to his prominence and gallantry in battle for his country. This eventually puts him in the position to be a powerful thane and ultimately a great king, now that his actions would serve to have a much more significant impact on Scotland. Macbeth certainly had the potential to be a great leader as a thane as well as a king. His potential would be stopped by the ambitious drive towards
614 words - 2 pages
To what extent do you consider Macbeth to be a tragic hero? I intend to explore Shakespeares Macbeth in an attempt to determine weather or not Macbeth meets the criteria of a tragic hero.
The first example we come across in the play of Macbeth being a tragic hero is him being of high birth, in act one scene three after Macbeth wins in battle king Duncan comes to visit him at his castle, whilst there Duncan acknowledges that Macbeths position is needed close to the kings, this relationship with the king fills the first criteria of being a tragic hero, High birth.
The next example we see of a tragic hero is good qualities, Macbeth has these good qualities as we see in the form of him
1163 words - 5 pages
It has always been a controversial debate that Macbeth has been a dead butcher not a tragic hero, since some literature experts have not recognized him as a hero but just a murderer. Based on thorough research, many critics have suggested that Macbeth, from the tragedy of Macbeth, has evidently been a tragic hero. The protagonist, Macbeth, possessed the flawed qualities of a tragic hero, by the fact that he was ambitious, immoral, and obedient.There is no doubt that the tragic hero, Macbeth, possessed the flawed personality of ambition. This inconsistent aspect of Macbeth has been evident through his soliloquies and his supernatural beliefs. Shakespeare has cleverly revealed Macbeth's
929 words - 4 pages
In William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, Macbeth is a "tragic" hero, in the sense that he is noble and respected at the first of the tragedy, but then leads to his own downfall, because of a character flaw, and outside circumstances such as Lady Macbeth's manipulation, and the witches' prophecies told to Macbeth, which lead to his fatal ambition. Macbeth also brings about suffering to innocent parties, to achieve his own selfish goals, which will eventually lead to his death. Macbeth, at the start of the tragedy, is a well-respected, savage, "heartless" warrior, and a traditional "hero", much like "Beowulf". He is a veteran of war, and is looked up to by other characters. But, like
1401 words - 6 pages
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth is a classic example of a tragic hero who is constantly struggling with his fate. In the opening scene of the play Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches. They proclaim that he will be the thane of Cawdor. He responds by saying, “By Sinel’s death I know that I am thane of Glamis/ but how of Cawdor”(I, iii, 70-73)? At first, he does not realize to earn this title what he must do, but when he realizes he is taken aback. His bewilderment prefigures his perpetual struggle with his fate. Macbeth also is excessively ambitious which constantly affects him throughout the play. He is too determined to become king and will kill anyone to ensure that
792 words - 3 pages
fitness now does unmake you...(Shakespeare 1:7 34-62)After Lady Macbeth accuses him of acting like a coward, he agrees to continue with Duncan's murder.Macbeth is a prime example of a Shakespearean Tragic Hero. He is represented as a good man who, through his major character flaws- ambition and impressionability- falls from grace. After struggling with his conscience over the evil deeds he had committed throughout the play, Macbeth is killed and the rightful heir to the throne is restored to power.
958 words - 4 pages
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
701 words - 3 pages
Macbeth could justly be classified a “Tragic Hero” as his tragic story fills out the defined criteria for a tragic hero. Macbeth holds a significant social status, reveals essential truths about humanity through his suffering, has tragically wasted talent, contains a “tragic flaw” leading to his downfall and finally he finds some relief in his death.
Macbeth, throughout this play, has held a substantial amount of power in society. Firstly he begins as the Thane of Glamis before becoming the Thane of Cawdor and finally King of Scotland. His death greatly affected everyone in Scotland, both those who stood by him and those who opposed and finally killed him. *****quotes from both sides
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 point reach the top of Fortune’s Wheel, but land up at the bottom by the end of the tragedy due to the continual change of fate. Macbeth fits the description of being a tragic hero, displaying his strengths, his weaknesses, his tragic flaw, and
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 sympathy towards him, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a tragic hero.Macbeth first meets the witches that will ultimately decide his fate in Act 1. The witches have the ability to foresee the future, which enables them to make predictions as to what
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 consequences, where the characters sins and mistakes are never forgiven or rectified. Every tragedy has a tragic hero in this play Macbeth is the tragic hero. Macbeth is the tragic hero because he has a high station, tragic flaw, and a downfall in which
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 worthy of
reader's interest, concern, or sympathy. Macbeth shows this through
his bravery. In the begging of the play a battle goes on between King
Duncan of Scotland and Macdonwald of Norway. Macbeth fights bravely on
963 words - 4 pages
Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero fits Macbeth very well. In Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth has all of the characteristics that are needed to be a tragic hero. Macbeth is a man of great potential and is a man of noble birth, he has a tragic flaw with a downfall and moment of recognition, and also creates cathartic feelings of fear and sadness. These qualities that he possesses help shape himself as the tragic hero of Macbeth.In the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo are returning from a battle between the Scottish and Norwegians. They have won the battle for King Duncan, and this shows Macbeth's loyalty to his king. Macbeth is related to King Duncan, which is
1011 words - 4 pages
, he mistakenly believed he could change fate.Macbeth is a perfect example of a tragic hero. His greed, fear and guilt are the key factors leading to his downfall. Macbeth's initial greed is caused by the three witches, then he longs for power, which soon becomes his. In trusting the witches who twist his prophesies Macbeth is begging for failure. In addition to greed, Macbeth becomes frightful of practically everything. He first encounters this when he gives in to hallucinations, and thinks he sees a dagger hanging in front of him. Later in the play he also thinks he sees the ghost of Banquo, but again it's just a hallucination. Not only is Macbeth hallucinating, but he is fearful of his
1248 words - 5 pages
A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position. His ambition comes to a point where he falls to the temptation of evil which leads to Macbeth’s inevitable downfall. There are many factors which contribute to the fall
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 loyal and well liked man in the beginning, but has a tragic flaw of ambition which ultimately leads to his downfall.
Macbeth started off a great and noble man of Scotland and was honoured by the king and his people. He
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 Thane of Cawdor has surrendered, Duncan decides to give Macbeth this title: "What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won" (1.2.70). This lets the audience see Macbeth's rank, which starts him in the right direction for a tragic hero.
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
965 words - 4 pages
Macbeth was one of Shakespeare's most tragic heros. He had flaws and weaknesses, he was very noble but lost his good qualities through the play. He was brave and a courageous noble man who got corrupted by superstition, Love, and overwhelming enthusiasm. Three points that contributed to Macbeths decay are first the prophecy that was told by the three witches, Lady Macbeth's influence and manipulation, and finally Macbeths long going enthusiasm to be king. He might of been the courageous hero at the beginning of the play but progressed in a downward spiral which caused his condemnation, and made him into a tragic hero.
Macbeth was a strong nobleman. He along with Banquo were leaders of the
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, finds himself King, abuses his power and then gets killed. Macbeth goes through four stages until he reaches the end of his life; his original state, his tragic flaw, his downfall and finally his suffering. These four stages help to justify
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 traitor, to the 'Thane of
A Shakespearean tragic hero also has many character flaws, which lead
to their downfall. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious character; he
knows what he wants and how to get it, even if that means
925 words - 4 pages
The Character of Macbeth fits Shakespeare's definition of a tragic hero. He let his main flaw, which is his ambition becomes his undoing. Three aspects of this will be discussed. The three prophecies that the witch's told Macbeth in the beginning, and how they used his flaw to manipulate him, how Lady Macbeth greatly influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment and finally his long time ambition which was his only driving force behind his desire to be king. Macbeth starts of as a true, noble man, but let his tragic flaw become his undoing.The prophecies that were told to Macbeth during his meeting with the three witches were a large factor and the triggering event to the beginning of the
1165 words - 5 pages
recites what life is,
after the death of Lady Macbeth. ?Life?s but a walking shadow a poor player / That struts
and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more? (5.5.27-29). This is
relevant because Macbeth was not sad to hear of her death. He saw it coming because
both he and she knew that they couldn?t clean up their mess.
By allowing evil and supernatural powers to control him, allowing his own
ignorance in his decisions to overtake him and allowing the endless verbal assault by
Lady Macbeth to control him, Macbeth is indeed a tragic hero. He has a fatal flaw that
combined with fate, brings on a tragedy of all sorts. The Weird Sisters, Lady
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 murderer, who does away with friends, colleagues, women and children, often for no apparent reason other than his own desires. Why should Macbeth be considered a tragic hero?
The answer, has to do with the quality of his mind, his
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 is a great battle at the end of the play in
which Macbeth is killed, proving that Macbeth would even be prepared
to die to make his ambitions come true.
Is Macbeth a Shakespearian tragic hero? To fulfill the role of a
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 has used to write this play.
Shakespeare uses lots of similes, which is a technique that gives the
audience a direct access to the characters inner thought as the other
characters cannot hear him. Macbeth has three main
951 words - 4 pages
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's growing character degenerates from a noble man to a violent individual.The prophecies which were told by the witches to Macbeth were that he will be "Thane of Glamis!"(Act 1, Scene 3, line 48), "Thane of Cawdor!"(Act 1, Scene 3, Line 49) and
4007 words - 16 pages
The Extent to Which Macbeth is Portrayed as a Tragic Hero in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
A Shakespearean tragic hero according to Aristotle is usually a
prominent figure, who happens to have distinctive flaws in their
personality. Because of these flaws, and to a certain extent the
influence of external force and or an ‘evil’ antagonist the character
will experience a fall from prominence that will eventually lead to
his suffering and often to his death. In Macbeth’s case, his fatal
flaws are his impressionability, greed and most importantly his
“vaulting ambition” and hubristic character. There is no direct
antagonist in the play, but Macbeth is
991 words - 4 pages
Macbeth is showed to be a brave, courage and tremendous warrior at the beginning of the play. He kills Maldonwald, a traitor, who leads a group of invaders to attack Scotland. As soon as Maldonwald is killed and Scotlands army put down the revolt and sends the rebels running, the king of Norway takes advantage of Scotlands weary soldiers by sending his forces against him. However, Macbeth is not troubled by the sudden assault. Macbeth is described as cannons overcharged with double cracks(1.2.37). Furthermore, he is highly praised by the sergeant when Malcolm orders him to report the status of the battle to King Duncan.For brave Macbeth well deserves that name
2745 words - 11 pages
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! (Shakespeare 1.3.46-50)This quote is taken from Act 1, scene 3. It shows the prophecies said by the third Witches to Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. When Macbeth listens to such good news from the third witch, he is shocked yet interested. Because of his curiosity, he asks the third witches for more information about it. However, the third witch did not do so because she is now paying her attention to Banquo. She tells Banquo that he will never be the king but his son will become the
982 words - 4 pages
is somebody great, heroic but in some places he is already showing his tragic flaw, even though he has just been shown to be very much respected by others; Macbeth shows that he is already wants to kill the king, he has thought about how he wants to become the king no matter what it takes. This shocks the audience because he has been shown to be so great and heroic, but deep down he has dark and horrid desires; and in this scene even he is shocked by how he wants to be king, 'Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair'.This one scene shows Macbeth in two different ways, he is shown to be a great victorious hero, but then when he is thinking he shows his darkest
942 words - 4 pages
The play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy about a Scottish lord, Macbeth, who becomes too ambitious. He starts off as a brave, loyal and noble man, but his ambition and thirst for power lead him onto a path of ruthlessness and self-destruction, and ultimately his own death. While Macbeth is manipulated by various people and occurrences, the main ones being the witches, Lady Macbeth and Fate, one theme that remains constant throughout the play is the power of choice. Macbeth does have the ability to choose, and it is this ability that makes him a tragic hero, not a victim.There are certain characteristics that someone must have in order to be considered a full tragic hero. One
704 words - 3 pages
Discuss Macbeth as a tragic hero - his strengths, his weaknesses, his tragic flaw and the effect of outside influences on his nature.The contributions of Macbeth towards his fate in becoming the 'tragic hero' is evident from the first act. Like other of Shakespearean plays, the tragic hero, Macbeth, is noble, honourable and highly respected by the general public at the start of the play. Unfortunately Macbeth contributes to his own fate more than what is implied. What seems to be his strengths, backfires and these become his weaknesses.During the play, Macbeth's strengths were ambition, courage, and honour. Prior to the murders Macbeth utilised his strengths well and this earned him a new
1796 words - 7 pages
Macbeth as a Tragic Hero?For Macbeth to be considered a "Tragic Hero", he must have some potential nobility, some good qualities that make his downfall terrifying. He must be examined as a human being with human weaknesses. Is he one who, as Lady Macbeth says, Act I, Sc. v, "is too full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way" or is he the "butcher" that Malcolm considers him to be in the final scene of the play? Or is he a victim of his ambition or of moral weaknesses or of his limited concept of manliness, or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall? From the opening scene Macbeth is chosen as a target for temptation; the witches, as agents of evil plan
635 words - 3 pages
In Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Macbeth, the protagonist Macbeth suffers from the tribulations of being an overbearing tyrant. Macbeth is afflicted by his hubristic personality, and not only victimizes himself but also radiates the agony to those around him. The suffering of Macbeth’s own people is a direct consequence of his tragic flaw of ambition, which leads to multiple misfortunate events; Macbeth’s tragic flaw, and the events that occur because of his destructive personality trait create the tragic vision of the work as a whole.
Macbeth is portrayed to be a tragic hero. A tragic hero is described as a character that is noble and possesses a tragic flaw, which ultimately leads
1034 words - 5 pages
The definition of a tragic hero, as stated on dictionary.com, is a literary character that makes an error in judgment that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. It has been argued for years whether Macbeth from Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Macbeth, can truly be considered a tragic hero or whether he is solely a villainous tyrant. Although there are some valid arguments for the Macbeth is pure evil viewpoint, by looking at Macbeth in a holistic way you can see the tragic, the heroic, and the tragic hero within him. Macbeth is a tragic hero in every sense of the definition.
Macbeth would not be the best first choice of literary character to use as an example of a
1136 words - 5 pages
conclude that a tragic hero can stand alone in the world and undergo changes that could alter the term “tragic hero” and its validity. An ideal example of this is William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. In “The Scottish Play,” Macbeth’s heroic qualities are clear at the beginning of the play. As the play progresses, Macbeth shows some moral weakness that leads to his downfall. Eventually, Macbeth renounces all of his heroic qualities, eventually becoming tyrant. All of these events show that Macbeth undergoes multiple personal changes that keep him from being labeled as a tragic hero.
The play Macbeth begins with the main character Macbeth being portrayed in a positive light. In the beginning
731 words - 3 pages
Throughout life, one encounters people who are to be pitied and people who don’t deserve to be pitied. Abram defined the term tragic hero as someone who is to be pitied, someone who is quite arrogant in his or her remarks, and who is influenced by his “error of judgment”, or tragic flaw. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, a respected soldier, Macbeth, is to be bombarded with the most awful misfortune. In this case, Macbeth has two out of the three conditions to qualify as a tragic hero; extreme arrogance and tragic flaw. Even though Macbeth qualifies for most of the conditions of a tragic hero, he does not deserve the remaining condition; pity.
During the beginning of the play, Macbeth is
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 flaws, and dignity Macbeth and Hamlet prove to be tragic heroes.
Macbeth's nobility begins with the title, "thane of Glamis" (1.3.74). After the original "thane of Cawdor" (1.3.110) dies, Macbeth gains this title as well. Once the
1314 words - 5 pages
"We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, and not as they are said to be" (George Bernard Shaw). These words define how people tend to only view things from the outside, without looking deeper. They do not look past the stereotypes to see things for what they really are. Such is the case of Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The audience generally views her as a Machiavellian villain. They do not see past the few corrupt incidents that she is involved in, to realize that she is not a heartless criminal, and instead a tragic hero. The personal qualities she possesses that indicate she is a tragic hero compensate for her villain-like traits
1288 words - 5 pages
will a true tragedy form out of a simple play. This is also how the audience feels sympathy for the hero. If the hero had just turned evil and stayed like that, there would be no sorrow for his passing. If the hero realised what he had done was wrong and was truly sorry for it, then that makes the audience realise that he was not really just a bad person, just mislead. This essay will discuss his character and will go into further detail of Macbeth later.Macbeth is a tragic hero; a person of high rank who is brought to eventual ruin by a flaw in his character. Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition, which leads him to a series of bloody and increasingly indefensible acts. The most apparent
1131 words - 5 pages
The Macbeth character in Macbeth by William Shakespeare can be played many ways. Macbeth's relationship with other characters in the play and Aristotle's theory of a tragedy are ways in which Macbeth is shown as a tragic hero.At the very beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo are returning to Scotland from a fierce battle between the Norwegians and the Scottish. They have just won the war for Duncan. This shows a noble virtue of Macbeth, a requirement of a tragic hero according to Aristotle. It shows that Macbeth is a loyal person to the King and that he is a great warrior. As they are returning to Scotland, three witches appear and make prophecies about Macbeth and Banquo. The three
1000 words - 4 pages
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbeth is a tragic hero. There are many factors, which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth. Macbeth is very ambitious and courageous, and is later portrayed as a moral coward. All of these qualities lead to his tragic death at the end of the play. There are three major points, which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration. The first was the prophecies, which were told to him by the witches. The second factor was when Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment. The final factor was Macbeth's long time ambition, which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's character
1274 words - 5 pages
The Shakespearean play Macbeth, is a story of the human nature and of the choicse every person
has to make between the evil within and the goodness within. In the play, there are two main characters with the qualities of courage and high achievement that heroes possess. Macbeth is the tragic hero of the story, an estimable man brought down by his flaws , and Macduff is the avenging hero, a wronged individual who fights for a right and just cause. Both of these men live similar lives up to a certain point where each much decide whether they are going to choose a life of selfishness or of honor. We see Macbeth's ambition overtake him as he chooses to fight for his own cause. However, when
814 words - 3 pages
Shakespeares play, Macbeth, involves a tragic hero who becomes a victim of fate. The truth in the witches prediction of Macbeths promotion to the Thane of Cawdor, causes Macbeth to trust them. The Weird Sisters next prediction of Macbeths coronation as King, leads to his unwise decision to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth seems to be the catalyst to the demise of Macbeth and herself. The witches third prediction of Banquos children assuming the position of King induces Macbeths attempt to kill him and Fleance. The next few predictions explain the circumstances of Macbeths killer. The fateful death of Macbeth finally ends the play. Fate and
1162 words - 5 pages
Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays every element of a tragic hero through specific life events. Macbeth highlights himself as a fearless warrior with impressive achievements at war, leading to a new high class title. However, Shakespeare display of Macbeth, allows the audience to view his infatuation with a royal title. Macbeth’s negative characteristics embed themselves within his positive characteristics, therefore, successfully dragging him down to his own downfall. Macbeth’s alert nature allow him to come to moral conclusions, however, his need to fulfill a sinful prophecy overshadow his actions. Macbeth portrays a amiable characteristic of ambition and yet causes self destruction as he
1995 words - 8 pages
In the play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth transforms from a gallant war hero to a tyrannical murderer. As soon as Macbeth enters this life filled with tyranny his fate is doomed to a tragic downfall. Throughout the play, Shakespeare makes Macbeth responsible for his actions but Shakespeare also uses other characters as influences upon him which gives the character of Macbeth only partial responsibility for what he has done.
In the scenes which lead up to the murder of Duncan, Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth as an unnatural being with a strong influence on Macbeth who drives Macbeth to his fatal flaw which is similar to the witches in the beginning of the play. In order to gain
625 words - 3 pages
MacbethIn the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbethis a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous, and a moralcoward: all these things lead to his tragic death at the end of the play.At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a herovery clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is significant inthe opening scene. However, he is very ambitious to be king. At thebeginning of the play, he was loyal to the king. While he did imagineof murder his mind rejects it and said, 'Why, if fate will have me king,why, chance may crown me,' - Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45.Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. When Duncannamed Malcolm the
827 words - 4 pages
queen. Macbeth was turned into a monstrosity by half truths, his own flaws, and lies conceived by a person he had a deep faith in.
Macbeth was influenced by many things but he was mainly influenced by a prophecy, his ambition, and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Without these influences Macbeth would not have found the capacity to kill an innocent man because he was a hero. Also, since he did not actually plan on killing Duncan he would have never done it without these influences. His influences are what led him to become a tragic hero because without them he would have been sane and not destroy his own life. His loyalties were tarnished by the influences he let in his life and helped him become a