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How far do you consider Macbeth to be a tragic hero?

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How far do you consider Macbeth to be a tragic hero? At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a very noble worrier. Macbeth is very loyal to King Duncan because he is his cousin. Macbeth wants to win the war for the king. We know Macbeth is a fearless fighter and doesn't mind killing people. This is proven when the captain says, 'For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name'. Macbeth is such a good fighter that everybody admires him. The king is so impressed that he gives him the title 'Thane of Cawdor'. Another way we know that he thinks highly of Macbeth as he says, 'conduct me to mine host, we love him highly'. Macbeth has won two great victories. The withes prophesy that he will be king and that Banquo's ancestors will be kings. When Duncan names Malcolm as his successor, Macbeth is very angry. Lady Macbeth, inspired by Macbeth's letter, is determined to help him become king. ...read more.

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One of the possible circumstances was Macbeth's meeting with the witches, 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis.' These are the witches' first words to Macbeth in scene 3. If Macbeth had not met the witches then he may not have killed Duncan, which was the start of his down fall. However, should we consider this a genuine circumstance? In the first scene we see the withes planning to 'meet with Macbeth' and therefore this event is not a matter of pure chance and therefore not a circumstance. However, the presence of Banquo at this meeting was not planned in the first scene. This implies that it was chance that Banquo was also there. Banquo demands a prediction for himself, 'speak then to me,' and it is this prediction that Banquo 'shalt get kings' (be the father of kings) that is clearly an example of how circumstance helped waste Macbeth's great character. Macbeth loves his wife. We know that he loves her because he wrote her a letter about the witches and addressed her as 'my dearest love'. ...read more.

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Macbeth changes from good to bad because of Lady Macbeth, the witches and his own ambition. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan by saying he is a coward and by sexual taunting. She sets the idea in his mind. She is the first to actually say let's kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth calls upon the forces of darkness before they committed the murder of the king to 'unsex' her. So she could help kill Duncan. The witches open the play by putting a spell on Macbeth. They offer him great temptations, and they 'unsex' Lady Macbeth, giving her strength to kill Duncan. They haunt him with visions to disturb his mind. The visions that he saw was a dagger pointing to the king's room with blood on it and Banquo's sitting in his seat. Macbeth lists many reasons for not killing Duncan but quickly finds one reason to kill Duncan. Macbeth's ambitions were to win the wars for the King and country before he turned nasty. After he turned nasty his ambitions had changed to be the most powerful man in Scotland and become King Tamer Sanford- Macbeth coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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