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Consider Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

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Consider Macbeth as a Tragic Hero In the play "Macbeth", Macbeth is known as "brave Macbeth" but the end of the play knows him as "this dead butcher". In the beginning he was a brave heroic warrior and everyone admired him. He had many noble qualities, but he had one fatal flaw, which was "ambition". Although you may think that ambition is a good quality, it is only good when you are ambitious for something good but not something terribly evil. Ambition is what caused Macbeth to become an evil person. His ambition was to become Thane of Cawdor. In the end he was made King of Scotland and in order for him to do this he had to kill his friend Duncan. This just shows how over ambitious Macbeth was and how determined he was that he would even go as far as killing his friend to achieve his goal as being King of Scotland. The reason why be became so incredibly ambitious was because the witches said that he could become King if he wanted and his wife, Lady Macbeth, just kept on encouraging him and there was no one else there to hold him back. ...read more.


Macbeth is extremely devoted to he wife which is obviously a good thing in most cases, but, when we realise how evil Lady Macbeth actually is it isn't such a good thing. Because of this, Macbeth finds himself easily influenced by his wife because he is so devoted to her. He becomes very two-faced because of this as well. Ambition is a good quality, but, too much of it can lead to trouble as Macbeth discovered. Macbeth had ambition throughout the play but he was getting more and more ambitious over time until he became over confident. Macbeth believed the witches when they said that he could become King. This also made him feel a little bit uneasy and na�ve because he was just getting carried away with all his ambitions and bloodthirstiness. Everyone has bad qualities, but Macbeth seemed to gain more and more towards the end of the play. As Macbeth is easily influenced, his wife persuades him to murder Duncan and Macbeth just says, "I am settled". This just shows that he doesn't really think and he just seems to agree with his wife. ...read more.


We know this because he sees the ghost of Banquo where he feels he regrets murdering Banquo. He feels that he had to keep killing people to get what he wants and there was no one there to help him or hold him back because his wife is so evil! Macbeth also sees hallucinations of daggers before he kills Duncan and it is like he doesn't want to do it but he feels that he wants to be King so badly that he'll do anything. After he killed Duncan his hands are covered with blood. When he tries to wash the blood away, it doesn't wash away, the blood just stays. It is as if he was trying to wash his guilty conscience away I think Macbeth feels very insecure because he feels he has to keep killing to feel safe and secure. Near the end we know he has lost his finer feeling when we realise that he was unable to mourn the death of his wife. At the end we see him very angry and deluded because when he receives the crown, no joy or satisfaction was achieved. He realises that he has lost his wife and friends and nobody likes him and all he has left is his position of King. ...read more.

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