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Macbeth; A Tragic Hero

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Key Question #25 Ruthless Ambition A Tragic Hero There are many heroes in this world, whether it's a fireman or a mother. A hero is chosen from their courage, nobility and strength. However, to contrast the idea of a hero, there are tragic heroes. Macbeth is the perfect example of a tragic hero. Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero is one that is of greatness and nobility but makes an error that leads to his downfall, someone who despite their greatness, is flawed, someone who is punished more than deserved and someone who can relate to an audience. There are three parts to the downfall of Macbeth; the prophecy told by the witches, Lady Macbeth's influence upon Macbeth and Macbeth's burning desire to be King. At the beginning of the story, Macbeth is returning from Scotland after winning the war for Duncan. ...read more.


This is one of the characteristics defined by Aristotle as a tragic hero. Macbeth is a higher position in society but he is flawed like a mortal, he is not perfect. Lady Macbeth is presented in the play as a peaceful, typical wife. She soon is discovered to be a big influence upon Macbeth's judgements and descisions. Throughout Act 1, Scene 7, she convinces Macbeth to murder. "We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail" (Act 1, Scene 7, Line 60). Although she may seem like a cold person, when it comes time to kill King Duncan herself, she can not do it because he reminded her of her father. This shows the audience that below the toughness lays a softer part to Lady Macbeth and reveals that she does have a heart. ...read more.


However is ambition proved not enough to slay King Duncan, but with the help and influence of Lady Macbeth, she escalated the intensity of his ambition and with this help he claimed the title of King and would maintain it no matter what, even if he had to murder people. This caused a new character to arise from Macbeth. This character was a dark, greedy, powerful and violent person. In conclusion I do believe that because the witches' prophecies, Lady Macbeth and his over ambition, it all led to the death of Macbeth. He shows strong connections to a tragic hero. He was once of greatness, but due to his influences, he met his death. This is what truly a tragic hero is; someone who has done wrong but is overpunished severely for their crimes, though they are not the only ones to be blamed. Macbeth is definitely a classic tragic hero. ...read more.

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