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Macbeth(TM)s status as a tragic hero is highly questionable. His fall from grace fails to work effectively as drama as his character is terminally flawed from the start To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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"Macbeth's status as a tragic hero is highly questionable. His fall from grace fails to work effectively as drama as his character is terminally flawed from the start" To what extent do you agree with this statement? The Tragedy of Macbeth was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare. King James I was on the throne when this play was written. The king was particularly interested in witchcraft, as his life had been threatened by a group of witches in 1591. He had passed a law which condemned anyone to death who practised it. In 1605, one year before the play was written, there was a plot to blow up the king and parliament. These facts are important, as both witchcraft and conspiracy feature strongly in Shakespeare's play - 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'. The play tells a story of man who has just come back from fighting for his king and country in Scotland. He is tricked by a prophecy and encouraged by his wife to commit regicide in order to gain power. Ever since the play was written, 400 years ago, Macbeth has generally been thought to be one of the best tragedies ever written, but is Macbeth really a tragic hero? ...read more.

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The fact that Duncan chose to come and stay at his castle shows that Macbeth must been a loyal hero, and that the king thought highly of him. When Duncan enters the castle of Macbeth, Duncan tells Lady Macbeth that she is an honourable hostess. This scene is ironic as Lady Macbeth has planned his death as well as the party. At the beginning of Act I Scene VII Macbeth makes an important soliloquy which gives us an insight into what he's really feeling. From this soliloquy we learn that Macbeth sees Duncan has a good king and a good friend. He feels guilty and that he should be loyal to Duncan. In this soliloquy, Macbeth realises that he must not let his ambition get ahead of him. When he says "The deep damnation of his taking-off" it shows that he would be unable to face the guilt of murdering the king. Macbeth cannot complete his thoughts - at this point in the play he is very unsure of what he should do. Immediately after this soliloquy, Lady Macbeth enters the room. She knows that Macbeth has been having doubts, and Macbeth tells her that he will proceed no further in the business of treason and murder. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth was extremely angry when the servant told him this, and went to see the truth for himself. As Macbeth goes to war for the last time, he knows he's going to die and his army is outnumbered by far. Even now, at the end of the play, there is still a sense of loyalty and honour, as Macbeth began the play a warrior, and he ends it as a warrior. I believe this shows Macbeth to be a true tragic hero. Even when compared to Othello, where the murderous thoughts didn't begin until much further into the play, there are still many signs which show that Macbeth was a good, honourable man. His fall from grace was planned by witchcraft, and encouraged by his manipulating wife. Macbeth's three main soliloquies along with his bloody imagery showed the huge amount of uncertainty and guilt he was feeling throughout the first half of the play. His use of the word 'sleep' shows us what he's feeling along with the constant reference to blood. Although what he did was wrong, it is not enough to take away his title of a tragic hero, as his soliloquies showed us that he had huge struggles against himself before, during and after committing his terrible deeds. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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