• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"By the pricking of my thumbs something Wicked this way comes": Tragedy by William Shakespeare

Extracts from this document...


"By the pricking of my thumbs something Wicked this way comes" Tragedy by William Shakespeare Usually we stereotype a tragic play or story as a serious drama with an unhappy events or a sad ending but Shakespeare has put a new concept of the original tragic hero. He created a character called Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero. To be a tragic hero you must be a man of high status which is rectified by a combination of fate and destiny, his own mistakes and hermatia. His character is that of a bold, brave, 'benign' warrior. He is portrayed as a character that is thoroughly liked all over Scotland however as the play develops Macbeths morals seem to evaporate leaving an evil man that is obsessed by power. He achieves his high status by being cousin of the king Duncan and being popular. These qualities are pure yet they are the base of his decent. Macbeths own mistakes start to cause a chain reaction of terrible events. Macbeth is arrogant he says to Lady Macbeth; "Be innocent of the knowledge dearest chuck," Macbeths begins to think that he knows better than his wife who originally put in him this position of greed and selfishness. Macbeth becomes cursed by his "Vaulting ambition" which pushes him to kill his best friend and what would have been his only friend if he had spared his life. ...read more.


Macbeth was returning home after winning a battle when he stopped and made a fatal mistake he listened to the lowest status of being; The three witches. He let there prophecy torment him, Macbeth didn't have to listen to the witches but as soon as they saw him they started to chant "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Cawdor! All hail, that shalt be king hereafter!" Shortly after hearing this Macbeth was made thane of cawdor. This made him want to be king more that ever. Macbeth then killed Duncan the rightful king of Scotland. Macbeth took the crown making the witches prophecy come true. The witches create an image if chaoses as they chant an incantation like they are reciting a spell. "when shall we meet again in thunder lightning or in rain?" The witches are stereotyped by Shakespeare; he does this by associating the common thought of ugly witches covered in warts and the terrific whether conditions they describe. The witches make out that they have to meet outside which leads you to think that they can only feel safe outside and unsafe inside. This subverts the knowledge of safety. The witches try to make everything about the future seem bad and to compound this there are three witches. ...read more.


In summary in the play Macbeth is showing sighs of being evil he has not dropped all his morals. He is obsessed with power, and he will do anything to achieve more. When Lady Macbeth reflects on what they have sacrificed to get into their present position but they are both as content as they imagined. Macbeth still feels threatened as he becomes more paranoid. He proves this by brutally killing his best friend and partner in battle. To make this worse he tries to kill his son who has done nothing to give Macbeth a motive. The witches have done this for Fleance, In their prophecy they told Macbeth that Banquo that they would be father to a line of kings. Macbeth does express his fears about banquo and fleance in a soliloquy. Instead of sorting his problems out by ignoring the witches he orders two murderers to kill them and then sends a third to ensure his plans will work. When the murders return to Macbeth with the news of Fleance`s escape he is appalled and claims that he Will be ill unless they both are dead "grapples you to the heart but sickly in his life, which in his death were perfect" here Macbeth explains to the murderers that although his health is poor while he is alive it would be perfect if they both were dead. This is an example of Macbeth abdicating his responsibility. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. A classical tragedy tells the story of the downfall of a great man.

    He is very polite and grateful for her allowing them to stay. Lady Macbeth tells him she is glad to have him staying. This is quite ironic. The king thinks she is being gracious but in fact she has her own plans for him. Lady Macbeth escorts him to Macbeth.

  2. Lady Macbeth's Character in Macbeth.

    The darkness could partially blind out all of the horrible things that occur in the night. For, only in darkness can such evil deeds be done. Secondly, the darkness shows one of Lady Macbeth's weaknesses: her fear of dark. In the play, phrases of fear escape from lips even in her sleep.

  1. Illustrate How The Play Develops As A Tragedy And Analyse The Relative Elements In ...

    the fact that he has been placed Thane of Cawdor, but because he realises that the witches prophecies are not just a "great prediction" as Banquo had said, but a fact. For his part, Macbeth is by now inclined to believe that it is his fortune to become king and this strengthens his resolve.

  2. "Macbeth" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare

    He believed that Macbeth would be a better, more loyal and honest Thane of Cawdor than the previous one, as he said "No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive". After the witches vanished, Macbeth immediately wished that they could have stayed a little longer.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work