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In what ways is Macbeth a tragic hero? Do you feel genuinely sorry for him?

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In what ways is Macbeth a tragic hero? Do you feel genuinely sorry for him? Macbeth is a tragic hero and we know this because at the beginning of the story he was portrayed as a hero and then towards the end and middle of the story he was shown to be very ambitious and maybe even selfish. The main features of a Shakespearean tragedy are: That the main character, which is Macbeth in this story relates to the tragedy. The character always has a high position in the story such as a King or Thane. They would also have many good qualities, but they would also have one fatal flaw, which would be the characters weakness and this fatal flaw would be played alongside the circumstances. Also in all Shakespearean tragedies many innocent people would suffer in the process of the tragedy. The fatal flaw that the main character would posses would be the downfall and death of the particular character. ...read more.


Macbeth doesn't believe the witches, he thinks that they are talking nonsense. "He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor..." Ross has been sent by Duncan to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor because he fought well in the last battle. Duncan making Macbeth Thane of Cawdor gets Macbeth thinking about the witches' prophecies. This is the start of his ambition. "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor! The greatest is behind." He starts to believe the witches because two out of their three predictions have come true. Now that he begins to believe the witches more and more, I believe that this puts more pressure on him to believe the witches and to make himself believe that what they said will come true. Macbeth in my eyes is a tragic hero because of the drastic change which occurred after the power got to his head. He thought that once killed Duncan that he will become king and this thought of extreme power and wealth kept his ambition growing, so one event lead to another. ...read more.


as the, now, mental pressure just became too much for him to handle and he basically lost everything, he killed many innocent people and became insane. At the end of the story we are shown short glimpses of the old Macbeth, these are given to us so that we can compare the evil Macbeth with the old Macbeth. We are shown the brave and courageous Macbeth who would do anything to help anyone: "the service, and the loyalty I owe in doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part is to receive our duties: and to our duties are to your throne, and state children, servants; which do but what they should, by doing everything safe toward your love and honour." This shows Macbeth comforting the king and reassuring him. Later on in this tale we see a totally different side of Macbeth we see that his character changes immensely, after killing Duncan he not like the old Macbeth ever again, the reason for this is that there was too much guilt in his conscience. ...read more.

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