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In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, becomes a tragic hero as a result of suffering from a fatal flaw that eventually leads to his own death. Macbeth possesses many characteristics of a tragic hero,

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Macbeth: The Foul Hero and Fair Villain Tragic heroes have been a part of literature for many years, and are a common figure in many of Shakespeare's works. A tragic hero is defined as a person of noble birth, who possesses a character flaw, which eventually leads to his or her own downfall. In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, becomes a tragic hero as a result of suffering from a fatal flaw that eventually leads to his own death. Macbeth possesses many characteristics of a tragic hero, which include: being of noble birth, bringing about his own downfall by a choice, and undergoing meaningful suffering. It is because of these characteristics that Macbeth's character of a noble man changes into a violent individual. Firstly, in the beginning of this Shakespearean play, Macbeth's noble status is seen. Before he is introduced, Duncan and Ross speak of his courage and greatness. Duncan is thrilled to hear of Macbeth's victory over Norway and he tells Ross to go and greet his worthy cousin over his triumph in the battle. It is Macbeth's bravery that easily wins him the trust and love of King Duncan. ...read more.


The witches and their prophecies are the first major influence on Macbeth's actions. In Act 1, he is told by the witches that a great future awaits him. However, the witches do not give Macbeth a time line of their predictions. Once one of the elements of the prophecy comes true, Macbeth decides to do everything in his power to make the rest of the predictions also come true. To do this, he decides to kill Duncan himself in order to capture the crown. When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth - the second influence on Macbeth's actions - about the prophecy, she uses manipulation to convince her husband that he should take the opportunity and kill the king. "But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail" (I, vii, 60-61). She tells Macbeth that if he loves her, he will kill the king. Macbeth decides to listen to the prophecy and his wife and follows through with the murder. He is then crowned the king of Scotland. The final influence on Macbeth's actions is his tragic flaw of ambition. Although it is his ambition that brings him into power, it is also responsible for his declining character. ...read more.


"She should have died hereafter" (V, vi, 17). He has been so far immersed in his own evil, that he barely feels any emotions at all towards her death. In a previous scene, as Macbeth discusses her illness with the Doctor, he seems to be impatient, rather than sympathetic. Now that she has died, he does not show any signs of grief or remorse, but instead, he reflects upon his decisions and actions. The death of Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth into battle, thus, resulting in his own demise. In conclusion, Macbeth is a great example of a tragic hero because he possesses all of the characteristics of one. He is of noble birth, and in the beginning, is represented as a good, and loyal man. However, throughout the play, he brings about his own downfall through his major character flaw of ambition. Moreover, he undergoes meaningful suffering through internal conflicts, and through the death of his own wife. In the end, through his death, Shakespeare teaches his readers that violence and murder lead to a dark and desperate end. It is through this lesson that Macbeth shows signs of guilt and learns from his past mistakes. Therefore Macbeth's character displays strong signs of a tragic hero, making him a prime example. ...read more.

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