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The Tragic Hero Overall In American society, the topic "hero" is often used in entertainments such as comic books and movies. Not all heroes are a good man kind that deserves a happy ending. In The Tragedy of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is portrayed as a tragic hero, who was initially a basically good man but falls to destruction due to his tragic flaws. First of all, Macbeth qualifies to be a tragic hero because he is basically a good man who demonstrates physical prowess and bravery throughout the play. With his courage and war strategies, Macbeth was able to gain victory in the war against Norway and win himself an honor of double Thane. However, many people argue that Macbeth does not qualify to be a tragic hero because he lacks virtue as part of his innate character. For example, Macbeth agrees to frame Duncan's two innocent guards by making "Duncan's two chamberlains drunk with wine and wassail" (1.7.71-72), and to blame them afterwards for killing Duncan "When Duncan is asleep" (1.7.69). ...read more.


after hearing the prophecies that he should "Beware Macduff" (4.1.80). Though his destruction was already laid under the second prophecies, it was Macbeth's decision of killing Macduff's family that actually ignited Macduff's revenge. Secondly, Macbeth had some tragic flaws including a sense of hubris and unbridled ambition, which caused him error in judgments and eventually led him to his own destruction. Initially, Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan, it was not after Lady Macbeth attacked his manly pride by saying "Wouldst thou have that/ Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And lives a coward in thine own esteem/Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would'" (1.7.41-44) that Macbeth finally made up his mind to kill Duncan. With the previous examples, it is reasonable to conclude that Macbeth is simply a good man with failures (or death) caused by both his freewill and tragic flaws. Moreover, a tragic hero is not only a good man with tragic flaws, he must also undergo a tragic recognition. ...read more.


Thus, Macbeth had not only increased his awareness through this great tragic recognition, he had also regained his honor as a fighter. Furthermore, a tragic hero must win the pity or fear of the audiences. As for the opposing side, they might argue that most people feel happy when Malcolm was made "King of Scotland" (5.8.70), and when Macduff "Behold where stands/ The usurper's cursed head" (5.8.64-65) on top of the castle. However, the death of Macbeth for sure will arouse fear and pity in audiences' heart because Macbeth is initially a brave solider and potentially a good thane who "Disdains Fortune, with his brandished steel,/Which smoked with bloody execution/ carved out his passage/Till he faced the salve" (1.2.18-22) in wars, and who does not deserve such a horrible ending. Also, Macbeth would end up in such a shameful death because he falls victim into "fair is foul, and foul is fair" (1.1.12), which can still be applied to anyone of us nowadays. Even though Macbeth's imperfectness in personality leads him to his own hero's destruction, but his basic goodness and mass potentials had made him a tragic hero. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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