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Do you consider Macbeth a tragic hero?

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Do you consider Macbeth a trsgic hero? The play begins with three witches all planning to meet with Macbeth after the battle. This immediately shows that Macbeth has connections with witchcraft which at the time the play was written was considered very evil and anti-christ behaviour. In the imagery of witchcraft and murder the concentration is on the sacrifice of innocence by a secret and ruthless power. Macbeth is morally right, however, his own greed and ambition overrule his conscience and he decides to act on his decisions. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is described as a true hero. He is loyal, respected and honoured, "brave Macbeth" and "valour's minion". The play begins with a visual image of Macbeth fighting for King Duncan in a battle against Macdonald. This shows that Macbeth has a lot of courage and is very dignified and confident that he has a chance of winning this battle. However, as the play continues and Macbeth learns that he is now being 'promoted' to Thane of Cawdor his ambition begins to kick in and start to take over. Macbeth being the loving husband that he is, thought about what is in store for him and decided to write a letter to his wife Lady Macbeh to explain the news. Included in this letter he had written his thoughts about killing King Duncan to claim the throne. ...read more.

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This had been assisted by his wife by giving the bodyguards of the king drink to make them sleep so that Macbeth could get past them. Whilst Macbeth was in the position of killing Duncan he had hallucinations of a blood-stained dagger. The speech in which this is included is a very important speech for the understanding of his character. It is a soliloquy and the passage is written in verse. The fact that it is a solilequy is also important because it means that what we are hearing is heard by no other character in the play and Macbeth can speak his mind and his true feelings. The only interuption throughout this passage is the bell and the only character present is Macbeth. After killing Duncan Macbeth is filled with panic and regret. His conscience tears away at him. Macbeth is filled with many emotions, but the main emotion is fear. Macbeth is even afraid of fear itself. He is afraid that he will no longer be able to pronounce "Amen" and afraid that he will not be able to sleep at night. This shows that he has a guilty conscience, and he knows what he did was wrong. Macbeth cares a lot about what other people think of him, especially Lady Macbeth. His actions and their consiquences are a reflection of that. Beofre Duncan's murder Banquo tells Macbeth that he has dreamt of the witches whilst thanking the Macbeths' for their hopitality towards Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is because there are still continuous murders happening because of Macbeth's constant greed to want to be high in life. However, Lady Macbeth falls ill and eventually commits suicide. This is a huge shock to Macbeth because Lady Macbeth was like his second voice guiding and supporting his decisions. As a result of Lady Macbeth's death Macbeth falls depressed and begins to give up. He wants to die. This is when we see the goodness Macbeth had at the beginning of the play return to him. He decides that if he is going to go down he might as well go down fighting, this way he will still have a shread of dignity left in him. This is a true quality of a hero. I believe that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Despite the fact that he killed so many peope to become king and maintain that position, he entered the play as a hero defending his king and upkeeping a good name with the people of the kingdom. He also left the play as a hero, fighting in order to die with at least a bit of dignity and self respect since he had lost everything else that was important to him including his wife Lady Macbeth and his friends. The tragic part is when he let his greed and ambition overruled his life and his thoughts. He has a week character because he allowed himself to be influenced by others. ...read more.

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